Phil Cohen (yes) and Barry Block (no). Rabbi Phil Cohen: “Let us offer a humane response to patients who needlessly suffer.” Rabbi Barry Block: “Don’t short-circuit the deep meaning in the natural process of death.” Summer 2013.
No byline. A free shiva registry service started by Sharon Rosen can streamline shiva arrangements for congregations and individuals, and strengthen congregational community. Spring 2013.
Cary Kozberg. “Persons with dementia are ‘messengers from God,’ helping us to reflect on what it means to be human.” Adaptation from the URJ Press book Broken Fragments: Jewish Experiences of Alzheimer’s Disease through Diagnosis, Adaptation, and Moving On. Spring 2013.
Anonymous. My husband was committing crimes to feed his serious drug addiction. I feared public humiliation. Part of Focus: Shanda. Winter 2012.
Marlene Myerson. Packing up my mother’s apartment after her death, I finally found the answers I’d yearned for all my life. Part of Focus: Shanda. Winter 2012.
Jack Riemer. A prayer that can help us as we begin the sacred task of closing down and emptying out our parents’ home after they die. Summer 2012.
Rex Perlmeter. Nurturing love in the face of tragedy. Spring 2012.
Anson Laytner. Reflective account of the author’s decision, after his beloved wife died, to keep her body at home with the family until the funeral. Fall 2011.
Jack Riemer. Do I agree with Christopher Reeve, who was busy until the day he died, or with Moti Gur, who surrendered when he could not defeat cancer? Spring 2011.
Rabbi Zoe Klein. "I have been fearful to the point of terror of my own ultimate demise." Summer 2010.
Rabbi Mark Washofsky. Reform rabbinic rulings on the question: A dying father has instructed that his body be cremated upon death. His adult children are uncomfortable with that request. Does Jewish tradition obligate them to honor their father's wish? Spring 2009.
YES--Rabbi Samuel Stahl. NO--Rabbi Arnold Gluck. Presents two opposing perspectives rooted in Jewish and Reform Jewish tradition. Spring 2009.
The New Community Chevra Kaddisha, a burial society in Pittsburgh by and for the entire Jewish community. Winter 2008.
Rabbi Samuel G. Broude. A Reform rabbi's reflective look at how Jewish funerals have changed over time. Winter 2007.
Anita Diamant. A primer on the many meanings of the Mourner's Kaddish. Part of Focus: Exploring Kaddish. Spring 2007.
Rabbi Edythe Mencher. Traditional and improvised Kaddish rituals in Reform congregations throughout North America. Part of Focus: Exploring Kaddish. Spring 2007.
Rabbi David Posner. The critical role that each congregant plays for those observing Kaddish, "'be[ing] there' for one another in this world, so that our loved ones can rest in peace in the next world." Part of Focus: Exploring Kaddish. Spring 2007.
A musical journey through Kaddish, from Leonard Bernstein's and Maurice Ravel's contemporary compositions to the melodies that have become essential to Jewish worship. Part of Focus: Exploring Kaddish. Spring 2007.
Rabbi Mark Washofsky. From the perspective of Reform responsa, is it morally permissible to remove artificial nutrition and hydration from a patient who would otherwise continue to live? Part of Focus: End of Life Decisions. Fall 2005.
Alan D. Bennett. This guide for congregations and families includes an overview, questions for discussion, and a bibliography. Fall 2005.
No byline/excerpts from Reform teachings. Positions on patient rights, prolonging life, quality of life, euthanasia, and organ donation. Part of Focus: End of Life Decisions. Fall 2005.
Rabbi Edythe Held Mencher. A true story about adult siblings' medical and ethical choices while overseeing the care of their mother and father sets the groundwork for exploring "a good death" and what it takes for caregivers to find inner peace. Part of Focus: End of Life Decisions. Fall 2005.
Rabbi Jonathan P. Kendall. Knowing that the angel of death is standing in the wings can either strengthen or splinter a family. How to navigate this challenging terrain. Part of Focus: End of Life Decisions. Fall 2005.
Rabbi Terry Bookman. The author explores two notions of time and two ways to understand our lives and deaths. Part of Focus: End of Life Decisions. Fall 2005.
A conversation with Rachel Naomi Remen. Exploring the hidden messages and meanings that emerge in relationships with loved ones who are dying. Part of Focus: End of Life Decisions. Fall 2005.
Nadine Kraman. A personal remembrance: "My mother and I are deep in the dance of gefilte-fish making--an art form which my mother, and my father, of blessed memory, had perfected over the years." Part of Focus: Rituals of Remembrance. Spring 2001
Nancy Maxwell. How and why Reform Jews partake in the act of washing and dressing a corpse. Part of Focus: Rituals of Remembrance. Spring 2001.
Anne Brener. How to cultivate the relationship connections that will allow us to transcend our separation from those we have lost. Part of Focus: Rituals of Remembrance. Spring 2001.
Rabbi Margaret Moers Wenig. Understanding the funeral as a time to speak candidly - albeit respectfully - about the deceased. Part of Focus: Rituals of Remembrance. Spring 2001.
Patricia Z. Fischer. Reflecting on what it means to be a Kaddish-to be willing to bear the grief of remembering. Part of Focus: Rituals of Remembrance. Spring 2001.
Rabbi Mark Washofsky. Jewish prohibitions against euthanasia and suicide originate from Judaism's affirmation that human life ultimately belongs to God. Summer 1997.
"Two words that bring no comfort to the mourner and do an injustice to the memory of the deceased." Part of Focus: Death & Bereavement. Summer 1997.
Beth M. Gilbert. Temple bereavement support groups are helping mourners express their pain and cope with loss. Summer 1997.
Rabbi Jack Riemer. Five of Jewish tradition's central insights about how to live and die as a Jew. Part of Focus: Death & Bereavement. Summer 1997.
Anne Brener. "My rough road to healing was eased by following an ancient [Jewish] map." Part of Focus: Death & Bereavement. Summer 1997.
Rabbi Bernard M. Zlotowitz. Response to a question about the origin of the Kaddish and when it is to be recited. Spring 1992.