The First Training Course for Conducting Mourning ServicesOn December 9-10, 2004, 14 men and women participated in the first ever training course for Mourning Rites Conductors. Aley Shalechet and the Institute Of Jewish Secular Rites co-sponsored this first training course of its kind, which included lectures about Jewish and Israeli mourning customs and their origins, work procedures, and additional subjects related to mourning rites.
This was the first course of its kind, not only because it was co-sponsored by these organizations, but also because it was the first of its kind in Israel. We view this training course as a small step for the Institute of Jewish Secular Rites and Aley Shalechet, and a giant step for Israeli society, and we are proud to be the groundbreakers and the leaders of this trend.
All our ceremony conductors were chosen with great care, and at the end of the training course, they underwent certification examinations before being granted the Aley Shalechet Mourning Service Conductor's certificate.
However, certification was not the final aspect of the program. The mourning service conductors also had an internship period with their more experienced colleagues before they were assigned to work on their own.
Additionally, the organizers plan a number of refresher workshops in the future, in order to ensure continued expertise in the content and exacting work procedures expected of an Aley Shalechet mourning service conductor.