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Rena Boroditsky

Chesed Shel Emes

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Rena is the Executive Director of Chesed Shel Emes in Winnipeg, Canada, managing both the non profit funeral home and the Chevra Kadisha (Burial Society). Rena has been teaching about Jewish death and mourning for 14 years. She is a Melton graduate, a cook, and a mother. Rena is very excited to be attending her first Limmud as a member of the planning committee for Limmud Winnipeg 2011.

Chesed Shel Emet (True Kindness)

Behind the Scenes at a Jewish Funeral

Identity & Responsibility, Text & Thought

Against the backdrop of core values Chesed (compassion) and Tzelem Elokim (image of God), we’ll look at the basics of shmira ("guarding" the body), tahara (washing the body according to ritual), tachrichim (shrouds) and aron (wooden casket). Do these often “hidden” mitzvot (obligations) affect the journey of the deceased? What can the dead teach us about living? Discover how participating in acts of loving kindness strengthen us as individuals and as community.


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