DA’AT INSTITUTE – DEATH AWARENESS, ADVOCACY AND TRAINING

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DA’AT INSTITUTE is dedicated to DEATH AWARENESS EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING.  Working in consultation with synagogues, churches, hospice programs and other community organizations, DA’AT INSTITUTE provides:

  • EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS on death, dying, bereavement and the spirituality of end-of-life issues and concerns;
  • PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING to clergy, health care and mental health professionals and educators working with the dying and bereaved;
  • BEREAVEMENT AND HOSPICE SUPPORT SERVICES to individuals and families through counseling, professional referral and bereavement support groups;
  • RITUALS OF TRANSITION for dying, burial, bereavement, unveiling and memorialization, helping individuals and families create meaningful rituals of passage; and
  • PRINTED AND AUDIO-VISUAL RESOURCES on the various facets of dealing with grief and loss, and on the spirituality of death and afterlife.

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SIMCHA RAPHAEL, Ph.D., is the Founding Director of the DA’AT INSTITUTE. He has worked as a death awareness educator, bereavement counselor and hospice chaplain for over twenty-five years. Ordained as a Rabbinic Pastor by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, he received a doctorate in Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies, and has written extensively on the topics of death, bereavement and the afterlife.

DA’AT INSTITUTE ADVISORY COUNCIL

Rabbi Richard Address, Founder, JEWISH SACRED AGING

Rabbi Dayle Friedman, Founder, GROWING OLDER

Rabbi Earl Grollman, Author, EXPLAINING DEATH TO CHILDREN

Rabbi Jack Riemer, Author, JEWISH REFLECTIONS ON DEATH,Editor, Torah Fax

Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi,z”l,  Founder, ALEPH – ALLIANCE FOR JEWISH RENEWAL

Rabbi Rebecca Sirbu, Director, RABBIS WITHOUT BORDERS at CLAL – The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership,