Promoting Jewish Medical Awareness



The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) is partnering with Chabad of Port Washington to present, “Life in the Balance: Jewish Perspectives on Everyday Medical Dilemmas,” the institute’s new six-session fall course that will begin in October.

Rabbi Shalom Paltiel of Chabad of Port Washington will conduct the sessions at 10 a.m. on six consecutive Sundays beginning October 27, at Chabad’s center at 80 Shore Road in Port Washington.

“Nowadays, at some point or another, everyone faces an extremely difficult medical decision that they aren’t equipped to handle,” said Rabbi Paltiel. “Our objective with this course is to acquaint the public with fascinating Jewish perspectives on some of the most cutting-edge dilemmas in medical ethics.”

In “Life in the Balance,” participants will ponder ethical questions about topics ranging from end of life issues to preventive measures and respect due to the body after death. Questions include: Must we prolong life at the expense of immense suffering? Should we legalize compensation for organs to save the lives of those on the transplant list? And where do we draw the line between keen vigilance to safeguard one’s health and pointless panic? The course will also explore ethical ramifications of fascinating new technologies such as digital autopsies, and uterine transplants.

“These important issues are critical to so many people’s lives yet they are rarely discussed,” said Rabbi Paltiel.

Like all JLI programs, “Life in the Balance” is designed to appeal to people at all levels of Jewish knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning. The course is accredited to offer AMA PRA Category 1 CME credits for medical professionals, CLE credits for attorneys in most states, and AGD PACE credits for dentists. All JLI courses are open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with a particular synagogue, temple, or other house of worship.

Call 516-767-8672 or visit for registration and other course-related information.

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