Posted Tuesday, Oct 26th, 2010
Winnipeg Jewish Review

New Course Provides Jewish Guidance for Medical Decision Making 

Medicine and Morals, like all of JLI’s courses, is designed for people at all levels of Jewish knowledge. Participants without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning can attend and enjoy this course. All JLI courses are open to the public, and attendees need not to be a member of any particular synagogue or temple.

JLI has been authorized by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to award up to 30 AMA (American Medical Association) PRA (Physician’s Recognition Award) Category 1 credits to physicians for completing our Medicine and Morals course.

Medicine and Morals Advisory Board includes the following local doctors:

• Dr. Mitchell Cosman, MD, Sports Medicine Physician
• Dr. Gerald Y. Minuk, MD, FRCPC, Professor of Medicine & Pharmacology, Head, Section of Hepatology
• Dr. Bonnie P. Cham, MD, FRCPC, Associate Professor of Medicine, Hematologist, Former Chair of the CMA's Ethics Committee
• Dr. Mathew Lazar, MD, FRCPC, FAAP, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, Emergency Medical Supervisor
• Dr. Edward A. Lyons, MD, FRCPC, FACR, Professor of Radiology, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Anatomy
• Dr. Joel B. Zivot, MD, FRCPC, Medical Director, Cardio-thoracic Intensive Care Unit

JLI is the first international educational institution to present traditional Judaism in a professional, innovative, academically challenging yet accessible format. The JLI was created to address the needs of Jews for in-depth Jewish knowledge. Authorities on each subject have organized the curriculum and teaching materials for each course.

“At the heart of Jewish culture there has always been Jewish learning, an engaged and vibrant meeting of minds,” explains Rabbi Shmuly Altein, the local JLI instructor. “We’re excited to be able to bring this open and interactive learning environment to our community.”

The program begins with Medicine and Morals in October, continues with Toward a Meaningful Life in February and will conclude with Shabbat; An Oasis in Time in May. This sequence is designed to provide a deeper understanding and appreciation of Jewish thought, heritage, and tradition, and enables students to achieve basic Jewish literacy as well as an understanding of cardinal Jewish beliefs and observances.

The Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) is the adult education arm of Chabad-Lubavitch. JLI’s classes and programs are offered at over 300 locations in more than 250 cities nationwide and internationally (including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, South Africa, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and Venezuela). Over 100,000 people have attended JLI classes since its founding in 1998. Every course offered by JLI is taught concurrently in all locations. This unique feature has helped create a truly global learning community. 

Please visit for up-to-date information about Medicine and Morals. JLI courses are presented in Winnipeg, MB under the auspices of Chabad-Lubavitch Centre.

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