Online Course for Rabbis: “Kevod Hamet in the Age of Sustainability”

Date: Dec 06, 2016 - Dec 20, 2016

Time: 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Sponsor: Online Learning for Clergy

Location: Online

Category: Clergy: Continuing Ed Online Learning

“Kevod Hamet in the Age of Sustainability” with Rabbi Joel Roth

What does halakhah consider to be “respectful” ways to treat the bodies of the deceased? In this class we will analyze texts that discuss the concept of kevod hamet, and how it is impacted by practices that are not currently part of the “traditional” Jewish funeral, but may be increasingly popular as Jewish cemeteries fill up and Jews become concerned about environmental impact. Topics covered to include: embalming, cremation, and alternative burial options.

Three Tuesdays:
December 6, 13, 20
9:30–10:30 a.m. ET

Register by December 4.


Cost: $95

Thanks to the generosity of Michelle Kravtin Gary and Marc Gary, executive vice chancellor and chief operating officer of JTS, a 50 percent discount is available for:

  • Rabbis within five years of ordination or investiture
  • Active duty military rabbis


An expert in halakhah, Rabbi Joel Roth has served on the faculty of JTS since his ordination in 1968, and held four key administrative positions at JTS. He was appointed to the Rabbinical Assembly’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards in 1978 and served on it until 2006, including a period of eight years as chairman. In addition to articles and responsa for the committee, Rabbi Roth authored The Halakhic Process: A Systemic Analysis. He also serves as Rosh Yeshiva of the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem