Who hasn’t wondered what happens when we die?
We know what happens to the body. But what happens to the soul at birth and again at death?

Is there really a “better” place after this one?

- Do our loved ones continue to connect with us?

- Can I relate to an afterlife if I’m not spiritual?

once practical and powerful, reflective and relatable, Journey of the Soul teaches
a Jewish perspective on life that begins before birth and lasts well after a person’s passing.

   It’s a journey we all take, and it’s yours to explore this winter   .

CME Accredited for Doctors, Social Workers and Mental Health Professionals see below for more info


with CDC guidelines

  6 Sundays: Jan 31 - March 7, 10: am - Noon



   6 Mondays: Feb 1 - March 8, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

   6 Wednesdays: Feb 3 - March 10. 10:00 am - 11:30 am


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Fee: $100  Couples $180

A $10 postage fee is added to mail the student textbook. If you prefer to pick up the book, type pickup in the promo box to remove the fee.
Try the first class FREE (with no obligation to continue) - just email or call us

[email protected] | 847.251.7707

In Person Location: Chabad of Wilmette - Center for Jewish Life & Learning | 2904 Old Glenview Rd, Wilmette

This course is dedicated in loving memory of Cameron Greenhill ע"ה

Course Outline

Click here for the general course syllabus, click here for the professional course syllabus, click here for questions addressed.



Lesson 1  Demystifying Death

Why are humans so anxious about death and dying? For many, the abrupt finality of death makes life itself seem futile. By exploring how our life force—our immortal soul—never ends but merely shifts roles, we begin to view life and death as two harmonious steps on the same journey.

Lesson 2  Taking Leave

Is death painful for souls? Is my presence felt when I visit a grave? Judaism’s pre-burial and burial rituals accompany the soul’s gradual transition from a limiting physical life to a completely spiritual one. We discuss those rituals and how, once freed, the soul’s connection to the living continues in new and powerful ways.

Lesson 3  The Mourning After

What is the Jewish grieving process and what is the significance of its various traditions? This lesson provides a meaningful Jewish perspective on grief itself, as well as practical shiva etiquette both for mourners and for those who wish to comfort them.

Lesson 4  Where We Go

For centuries, human beings have been motivated by the promise of heaven and frightened by the threat of hell. Discover what Jews believe about where every soul goes and how Kaddish aids a soul in reaching true peace.

Lesson 5  Where We Go Again

Reincarnation: more than a fascinating topic, Judaism provides a practical way to imagine this mystical process, and explains why it is important both to departed souls and to our lives today.

Lesson 6  Life Is Short(ish)

By now we’ve come to appreciate death as the next phase in our ongoing personal missions. In our final lesson, we use what we’ve learned to revisit our priorities in this current phase and find ways to fill every moment with everlasting significance.

  Accredited for Social Workers, Medical and Mental Health Professionals 
Earn 1.5 credits per session from the APA, ACCME (AMA), and NBCC. 
For a complete accreditation statement click here.  click here to view the professional course syllabus

Mindy Greenstein, PhD
Clinical Psychologist and Psycho-oncologist, Author of Lighter as We Go: Virtues, Character Strengths, and Aging

Combining ancient wisdom with modern psychological concepts, Journey of the Soul encourages a thoughtful exploration of what can be a very scary but important subject.

Casey Skvorc,

Medical Psychologist, National Institutes of Health

Journey of the Soul examines death—and Jewish life—with an uplifting blend of Torah-based scholarship and contemporary psychological perspectives. Highly recommended, especially for members of the Helping Professions.

Bianca Nogrady
Journalist; Author, The End: The Human Experience of Death

A course such as this has never been more important, at a time when we risk losing sight of the value of death as an opportunity to explore who we are and to connect on a profound level with those we love.