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Part of Life: Death, Dying, and Grieving

Judaism offers a framework of rituals and customs that can offer solace to the living, comfort for the dying and an opportunity to think about how we experience family and community. Join us for a series of discussions, classes and lectures on these important topics. Presented by The Hills of Eternity Memorial Park and Congregation Sherith Israel.


It’s in the Details: From Deathbed to Cemetery
May 3, 5 pm at Sinai Memorial Chapel

This panel discussion among Sam Salkin (Executive Director of Sinai Memorial Chapel),  Susan Solomon (Executive Director), Diane Fellman (Chair of the Hills of Eternity Board of Directors), and Rabbi Jessica Zimmerman Graf will demystify the practical aspects of our journey after death and assist us in planning for our own passing to ease the burden for our loved ones who remain.


Difficult Decisions at the End of Life
May 10, 5 pm at Congregation Sherith Israel

This panel discussion among Rabbi Eric Weiss, Rabbi Jessica Graf, and Dr. Anne Kinderman (Palliative Care Specialist at UCSF) will address the choices confronting terminally ill persons through the lens of Jewish ethics and values.


Comfort and Compassion: Easing the Journey for the Dying and the Living
May 17, 5 pm at Congregation Sherith Israel
This panel discussion among Rabbi William Cutter, Shira Shore (LMFT with a focus on grief counselling), and Erik Migdail (lay leader and English teacher) will examine how to comfort the dying and the bereaved and how to support grievers on their path to wellness.


What’s Next? Jewish Views on the Afterlife
May 31, 6 pm, location TBA

This salon with Rabbi Ed Feinstein will examine the rich literature and tradition of Jewish beliefs about what lies on the other side of life.


From Hills to Eternity: Our Cemetery’s Past and Present
June 11, 10 am at Hills of Eternity Memorial Park
This lecture from Judi Leff (educator and board member of the San Francisco History Association) will conclude with a walking tour of the beautiful grounds of our cemetery.


Fri, March 1 2024 21 Adar I 5784