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Bare Your Soul: Physical and Spiritual Preparations for Life and Death

Hosted By: Shomer Collective

Yom Kippur brings us in touch with our own mortality: asking who will live, who will die; wearing white akin to the burial shrouds, refraining from food, drink, and pleasurable activities. Service as part of a Chevra Kadisha (holy burial society) also brings us face to face with death. Join us for a conversation with Sally Berkovic, author of Death Duties: What Being Around the Dead Taught Me About Life, and Sarit Wishnevski, Executive Director of Kavod v’Nichum: Honor and Comfort as we explore some of the unexpected parallels between Yom Kippur and the Chevra Kadisha.

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Sally Berkovic

Sally Berkovic is the daughter of Slovakian Holocaust survivors and grew up in Melbourne, Australia. After living in New York and Jerusalem, an epistolary romance brought her to London where she has been for nearly 30 years. Since 2009, she has been the CEO of the Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe, a foundation that supports Jewish heritage and culture across Europe. She is the author of 2 books - Under My Hat -a mixture of memoir, sociology, history and Jewish texts to explore the impact of feminism on orthodox Judaism, and Death Duties, about her involvement with the Chevra Kadisha. Her writings are collected on her site https://sallyberkovic.com/
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Sarit Wishnevski

Sarit Wishnevski (she/her) is the Executive Director of Kavod v’Nichum. Prior to joining the organization Sarit trained as an end-of-life doula through INELDA (International End Of Life Doula Association) and produced a podcast and a newsletter called The Be.Side Project which focused on where Judaism intersected with the end of life. Sarit has worked for a number of Jewish organizations that seek to weave connections to ancient Jewish rituals and values through modern connection and understanding. Sarit lives in Maplewood, NJ with her partner, Ari and their two-year-old daughter, Adira. She is a member of the Chevra Kadisha at Congregation Beth El in South Orange, NJ.
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Shomer Collective

The mission of Shomer Collective is to improve end-of-life experiences for individuals and their families— inspired by Jewish wisdom, values, and practices—by curating content and resources and building a diverse network of organizational partners.

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