What is the TEAM Shabbos about?

Shabbos Parshas Vayechi will be dedicated to raising awareness about end-of-life matters.
The Rabbi’s sermon, lecture and/or program during the week preceding Parshas Vayechi should discuss relevant end-of-life topics.


What does TEAM stand for?

The Traditional End-of-Life Awareness Movement is an initiative to raise awareness of the many issues that pertain to end-of-life for a Jew living in accordance with Halacha. TEAM is a project of NASCK, the National Association of Chevra Kadisha.

More about NASCK

Who’s behind this initiative?

NASCK, the National Association of Chevra Kadisha, headed by Rabbi Elchonon Zohn, is an organization dedicated to promoting Respect for Life, Here and Hereafter. It promotes these values through education, outreach and publications.

More about NASCK

How much does it cost to join the TEAM Shabbos?

Joining the TEAM Shabbos is free of charge. All you need to do is register today!

Register your shul for free!

How can we participate?

There are many ways to show your support on this special Shabbos Vayechi. Designate Shabbos Divrei Torah, weekly programming and Shul material to address end-of-life matters. Additionally, organize an event with in collaboration with NASCK which will help create a memorable Shabbos.


What are some of the topics that can be discussed?

  • • The Torah’s View of the Sanctity of Life vs. the Medical/Secular View That Defines Life By Its Quality

    • Buying graves

    • Burial – here or in Israel

    • Halachic Living Wills/Healthcare Proxies

    • Halachic Wills
  • • End-of-Life Discussions for Kiruv Purposes

    • Traditional Jewish Burial

    • Reaching Out to Those Around Us to Prevent Cremation

    • Respecting the Body After Death/ Preventing Autopsy

  • • Ethical Wills

    • Caring for elderly parents

    • Chessed Shel Emes: Joining and Appreciating the Chevra Kadisha

    • Pre-Need Funeral Arrangements