Biomedical Ethics: Traditional Jewish Values Across the Continuum of Life

Temple Shalom

Dates: Sunday, January 08, 2012
Time: 12:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Speaker: Multiple Speakers

A Symposium for Physicians, Nurses, Social Workers, Allied Healthcare Providers, Rabbis, Chaplains, and the General Public

Sponsored by the Bioethics Group of the Society of Jewish Ethics and the Foundation for Jewish Studies

Organized and convened by Dr. Sander H. Mendelson


Temple Shalom
8401 Grubb Road
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
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12:00 pmRegistration & Light Lunch
1:00 pmEnd of Life Issues
 Clinical Case
 Presentation by Rabbi Elliot Dorff
 Comments by Rabbi William Cutter (on narratives) & Evan DeRenzo, PhD (a secular bioethics view)
3:00 pmBreak
3:15 pmBioethics at the Bedside: Why and how should we include Jewish values in patient care?
 Rabbi Sandy Rubenstein, MSW
 Comments by Rabbi James Michaels (experiences in chaplaincy)
4:15 pmSynthetic Life: What is it? And why should we be concerned about it?
 Paul Root Wolpe, PhD


Rabbi Elliot Dorff

Professor of Philosophy, Chair of Bioethics, Ziegler School of   Rabbinic Studies, American Jewish University, Los Angeles

Rabbi William CutterProfessor Emeritus of Human Relations, Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles
Evan DeRenzo, PhDSenior Bioethicist, Center for Ethics, Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC; Adjunct Faculty, Johns Hopkins University; consulting bioethicist

Rabbi Sandy Rubenstein, MSW, MAJCS

Chaplain, Montgomery Hospice, Rockville, MD 


Rabbi James Michaels, D.MinDirector of Pastoral Care, Charles E. Smith Life Communities, Rockville, MD; Professor of Jewish Studies, Graduate Theological Foundation, Mishawaka, IN

Paul Root Wolpe, PhD


Professor of Bioethics and Director, Center for Ethics, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

     Presented with the collaboration of the Kalsman Institute, Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles.


      For more information about the Bioethics Group of the Society of Jewish Ethics, please visit their website.


     Presented with the collaboration of the Center for Ethics, Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC.

The Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health will be providing CEUs for MFTs, Social Workers, and RNs for this event at the cost of $25.00. The NAJC will provide CEUs for NAJC certified chaplains for free. For more details about the symposium, including additional CEU information, please contact the Foundation for Jewish Studies at 301-770-4787 or send an email to

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