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Gesharim

Gesharim

is a congregant-led initiative to sustain individuals and families facing the end of life. Guided by Torah and our sages, the Beth Am community offers learning, access to resources, and personal support in all stages of this significant life cycle event.
 
With Rabbi Marder and the Beth Am program team, Gesharim strives to provide Jewish teachings about death, access to compassionate care, support for families in crisis and spiritual nourishment for all concerned in the dying process. Gesharim is a branch of the Beth Am Caring Committee as well as Tikvah, a new program to connect congregant volunteers with members who are in any kind of personal or family crisis.

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With Rabbi Marder and the Beth Am program team, Gesharim strives to provide Jewish teachings about death, access to compassionate care, support for families in crisis and spiritual nourishment for all concerned in the dying process. Gesharim is a branch of the Beth Am Caring Committee as well as Tikvah, a new program to connect congregant volunteers with members who are in any kind of personal or family crisis.
 
Your donations are very much appreciated! To make a contribution to Gesharim, please send a check made payable to "Congregation Beth Am". For more information, please contact Rachael Shea. Thank you for your support!

Please check our Resources Box at right for podcasts, past/upcoming event information, and other helpful tools and publications. NEW: Advance Directive Conversations, online resources

Congregant Stories
When a beloved member of the family is approaching death, all go through a process that can be lengthy and difficult, with many issues to address. While every person's journey is unique, certain questions arise for most families. When do we start hospice? How do we learn what our loved one wants without upsetting her or him? Do we have the rabbi come?

We invite congregants to share their own journeys through this painful, but often illuminating experience. Learning how others have dealt with these issues gives us perspective and perhaps a wider range of options. Most importantly, these stories reveal that we are not alone:

    * Mary Allen: The Spiritual Experience She Wanted by Don Allen
    * When The Time Comes by Rachael Shea
    * My Experiences With Death and Dying by Jackie Berman

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