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Medicine and Morals: Your Jewish Guide Through Life’s Tough Decisions
NY Blueprint
Posted Tuesday, Oct 26th, 2010

Medicine and Morals: Your Jewish Guide Through Life’s Tough Decisions

Oct 25 2010 7:30 PM

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Contact Website: www.myJLI.com 
Contact: 212-774-5678, e-mail JLI@ckj.org, or visit www.myJLI.com  
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The Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) will present Medicine and Morals: Your Jewish Guide Through Life’s Tough Decisions; the six-session course will commence on October 25th.

Rabbi Elie Weinstock of Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun (KJ) on the Upper East Side will teach the six course sessions at the synagogue on Mondays at 7:30 p.m.The synagogue is located at 125 East 85th Street (between Lexington and Park).

The six lessons will include Choosing Life: The Obligation to Seek Healing; Flesh of My Flesh: Organ Transplants in Jewish Law; Rolling the Dice: Risky and Experimental Treatments; New Beginnings: The Ethics of Reproductive Technologies; With You In Mind: Ethical Treatment of the Mentally Disabled; Secret Code: Genetics and the Ethics of Patient Confidentiality.

“As medicine advances and life expectancy increases, almost all of us will encounter an ethical dilemma in dealing with our own health or that of a loved one,” said Rabbi Zalman Abraham of the JLI’s Brooklyn headquarters. “But Jewish law creatively draws analogies with ancient paradigms to provide guidance through the maze of medical decision-making.”

The course will examine contemporary case studies and compare secular and Jewish approaches as a means of developing understanding, he added.

Like all JLI programs, Medicine and Morals: Your Jewish Guide Through Life’s Tough Decisions is designed to appeal to people at all levels of Jewish knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning. All JLI courses are open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with a particular synagogue, temple, or other house of worship.

Interested students may call 212-774-5678, e-mail JLI@ckj.org, or visit www.myJLI.com for registration and other course-related information. JLI courses are presented on the Upper East Side in conjunction with Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun.

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