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October 14, 2015 | 1st Cheshvan 5776
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Coping with the Tragedy of the Boston Marathon Bombings
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  • The One Fund
    Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino have announced the formation of The One Fund Boston, Inc. to help the people most affected by the tragic events that occurred in Boston on April 15, 2013.
Coping with the Tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut
Congregational leaders, educators, and parents may use the materials below to help in coping with the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.

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Talking to Children About Death
Death of a Child
Jewish Mourning
Chevra Kadisha

Chevra kadisha is a Caring Community program involves dealing with the issues that surround the dying process, support for those in mourning, and bereavement support. Congregations have created methods of helping one another by leading shiva minyanim when necessary, as well as programs for surviving spouses. In recent years there has been a resurgence in the development of traditional chevra kadisha groups within our congregations which prepare the deceased for burial in a customary Jewish way. 

From URJ Books & Music
Where is Grandpa Dennis?Where is Grandpa Dennis?
By Michelle Shapiro Abraham, illustrated by Janice Fried 

With warmth and tenderness, Michelle Shapiro Abraham's moving new story book, gently teaches Jewish traditions for remembering loved ones we’ve lost, through the story of a young girl learning about her Grandpa Dennis.

Birth Is a BeginningBirth Is a Beginning
By Marshall Portnoy, arrangement by Andrew Heller 

Cantor Marshall Portnoy, a leader in Reform Jewish music, has given a dignified text about life and death an appropriate and deeply moving setting.

Time to PrepareA Time to Prepare (Revised Edition)
Edited by Rabbi Richard Address and the Department of Jewish Family Concerns 

A Time to Prepare is both a source of information and a workbook to help consolidate and record all the information you or your loved ones will need to handle critical illness or death.

What Happens After I Die?What Happens After I Die? Jewish Views of Life After Death
By Rifat Sonsino and Daniel B. Syme 

Offers a wide spectrum of Jewish responses to the question of life after death. Classical answers are drawn from traditional Jewish literature.

Book of Jewish LifeThe Book of the Jewish Life
By Jo David and Daniel B. Syme 

Teach American Jewish practice in your school using the book you helped create! Topics include Birth, Jewish Education, Adulthood, Living a Jewish Life, Conversion, Marriage and Death. 



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