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S24-903 Cultural Competence and End-of-Life Rituals in the Jewish Faith

Total Credits: 3 including 3 Category I CE

Spring 2024 Anti-Oppressive Social Work Practice Workshops
700 Professional Growth & Development |  900 Anti-Oppressive Social Work Practice
Joanna Frankel, LCSW-C
Course Levels:
3 Hours 15 Minutes
Target Audience:
Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists



As social workers, we must be culturally sensitive about the death and dying process. Jewish funeral traditions are rooted in respect for the deceased, from the time of death through burial and beyond. In the Jewish religion, there are several rituals and traditions that are followed. This seminar will provide an overview of the Jewish traditions that individuals practice throughout the stages of death and dying. In addition, you will learn about the different sects of Judaism that could determine their desire to honor tradition.  


**This workshop meets the requirement for Anti-Oppressive Social Work Practice for Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners COMAR with a focus on cultural humility. 


Joanna Frankel, LCSW-C Related Seminars and Products

Joanna Frankel, MSW, LCSW-C is a graduate of Towson University with her Bachelor of both Psychology and Gerontology. Joanna obtained her MSW from the University of Maryland, School of Social Work with a clinical concentration and a focus in aging. Since then, Joanna has been working in the long-term care setting for over 20 years as a director and a consultant. Additionally, Joanna is passionate about supervising social work licensee candidates. Joanna is the Owner of Frankel Care Consulting, and her focus is to guide and educate professionals, individuals, and families through senior life transitions.  


Agenda & Learning Objectives


8:50 - 9:00 Log on 

9:00 - 10:30 Different sects of Judaism and how death is approached 

10:30-10:45 Break 

10:45- 11:30 Burial and Funeral Practices 

11:30-12:15 After the Funeral and Beyond 



Upon the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify 3 rituals that are honored during the death and dying process in the Jewish religion.  

  • Understand at least 3 stages of the death and dying process that the Jewish faith follows from the time of death, through the burial, and after.  

  • Learn the different sects of Judaism.

Bibliography & References


Dorff EN. End-of-life: Jewish perspectives. Lancet.  



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End-of-life: Jewish  

perspectives Elliot N Dorff, PhD.  


Kinzbrunner BM. Jewish medical ethics and end-of-life  

care. J Palliat Med. 2004;7(4):558-573.  


Lamm,M. (2000). The Jewish Way in Death and Mourning.  

Jonathan David Publishers Inc. (1969). 

Leder, S. (2021) The Beauty of What Remains. Avery, An Imprint of Penguin Random House. 

Leder, S. (2022) For You When I am Gone: Twelve Essential Questions to Tell a Life Story. Penguin Audio. 


Rabbi Goldstein, Z. (2020) The Complete Jewish Mourners Companion. The Jewish Learning Group. 


Silverman, G. (2018) “In Judaism, Death, as Life, is with People,” Arizona Jewish Post. 

Course Completion & CE Information

Category I Maryland BSWE Requirement

The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for {3} Category I Continuing Education Units. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category A continuing professional education.

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Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

We welcome anyone interested in the topic!


Late Fees and Refunds

The base price is $70 and includes CE credit. A non-refundable late fee of $20 is added on June 13, 2024

Cancellations** must be received 24 hours in advance prior to the workshop to receive a refund or an account credit.

Late fees cannot be refunded or applied to  account credit. 

**ALL cancellations will be subjected to a $35.00 administration fee.**

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System Requirements:

  • Operating Systems: Windows XP or higher; MacOS 9 or higher; Android 4.0 or higher.
  • Internet Browser: Google Chrome; Firefox 10.0 or higher.

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  • Broadband Internet Connection: Cable, High-speed DSL and any other medium that is internet accessible.

**Please have your device charging at all times to ensure that your device does not lose power during the webinar.


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ADA Accommodations

If you are requesting ADA accommodations, please contact our office via email at least two weeks prior to the workshop date. Requests after that date may not be fulfilled.  

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