6th International Conference on Jewish Medical Ethics

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Program Date(s): 
4:00 PM Thursday Jul 24, 2014 to 4:00 PM Sunday Jul 27, 2014
Leaders & Speakers: 
Dr. Anna Woloski-Wruble,
Dr. Ben Zion Eliash,
Rabbi Dr. Avraham Steinberg,
Rabbi Dr. Aaron Glatt,
Rabbi Dr. Edward Reichman,
Rabbi Morris Wruble

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15 CME credits available!

Connect with leading experts at another wonderful weekend of Torah learning paired with thought-provoking lectures by renowned speakers. The Bushkill Inn & Conference Center is a beautiful, luxury Pocono resort and corporate meeting facility. It offers large conference facilities in a setting of gorgeous landscapes, with a tranquil atmosphere and extensive amenities.

Enjoy our

  • lectures;
  • shiurim;
  • panel discussions;
  • text-based learning;
  • parallel non-medical track; and
  • special track for students.


For prices, click on "Full Price List," above.

Your conference fees will reserve your spot when you registerPlease use the "Order comments" section of the Checkout area to list the names of spouses and children who will be accompanying you. Thank you!

For MP3 recordings from our previous International Jewish Medical Ethics conferences, please click here.

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Here's what people have said about last year's Jewish Medical Ethics conference:

"Last night I returned home with a completely different perspective on the Jewish community’s role in the medical field...The physicians and professionals attending the conference were so impressive in their knowledge and hashkafa that, despite the many weighty topics we discussed, I left feeling happy and empowered."  --Liba Bader

"This is the second meeting I have attended and I had a very inspiring and fulfilling experience."  --Barry Kinzbrunner

"What  a fabulous conference! You have assembled a stellar group of speakers--world class! I must say I also enjoyed the camaraderie of the other participants, and the food was excellent."  --Dr. Esther Libman

"I thoroughly enjoyed the weekend. I thought the speakers were excellent, the food outstanding and the accommodations very good."  --Dr. Kenneth Prager

"A sign of an excellent program is when I have to stop myself from sneaking out of my own talk to listen to the speakers in the parallel sessions."--Dr. David Pelcovitz

"Yasher kochachem once again on the fabulous conference!"  --Dr. Ellen Warner

"I was particularly impressed with the high caliber of the speakers." --Dr. Brian Berger

"It was truly a z'chus to join you. I think this was the best yet."  --Dr. Eddie Reichman

This event is approved for up to 15 credits by the Office for Continuing Health Professional Education (CHPE). The Office for CHPE, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Education (CACME). This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Through a reciprocal agreement between the American Medical Association and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the Office for CHPE, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University designates this activity for AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s) up to the maximum number of credit hours noted above. Each physician should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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Thursday, July 24

4:00-6:00 pm - Registration 
5:45-7:00 pm - Dinner 
6:45 pm - Mincha 

7:00-9:00 pm Introductory Plenary Session

7:00-8:00 - When Halacha and Science Disagree - Rabbi A. Steinberg, MD
8:00-9:00 – Increase in Vaccine Preventable Diseases: Medical and Halachic Analysis - Rabbi A. Glatt, MD

Friday, July 25

7:15 am – Shacharit
8:00-9:00 am – Breakfast

Parallel Session I: 9:00-11:00 am
A) Contemporary Issues in Organ Transplantation
What Risk is Tolerable in Halacha for Organ Donation? Rabbi A. Glatt, MD
Are Blood and Bone Marrow Donations Obligatory in Halacha? Rabbi E. Reichman, MD
Paying and Remuneration for Kidneys: Halachic AspectsRabbi A. Steinberg, MD
Q & A, Panel Discussion

B) Everything Your Patients Wish You Would Tell Them About Their Sexuality But Are Afraid to Ask: How to Talk to Patients About Sexuality
Dr. A. Woloski-Wruble, RN, MEd, EdD

11:00-11:20 – Nutrition Break

Parallel Session II: 11:20-1:20 am
A) Ethical Cases in the News: What Would the Rabbi Say?
11:20-11:50 Rabbi A. Glatt, MD

11:50-12:20 Rabbi E. Reichman, MD

12:20-12:50 Rabbi A. Steinberg, MD

12:50-1:20 Q & A, Panel Discussion

B) Sex Education: From Huggies to Chupah
11:20-1:20 Dr. A. Woloski-Wruble, RN, MEd, EdD

1:20 – Lunch & Leisure

Shabbat Evening Program

5:45-6:45 – Pre- Mincha Shiur - Next Year in Jerusalem: Do We Really Mean It? Rabbi M. Wruble

5:45-6:45 – Daf YomiRabbi A. Glatt, MD
6:45 pm - Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat
8:00 pm – Shabbat Dinner

9:15–10:15 pm – Oneg Shabbat: Cohen Family ChroniclesRabbi E. Reichman, MD

Shabbat Morning Program

8:00 am - Parshat Hashavua: Jews in MotionRabbi M. Wruble
8:30 am – Shacharit & Drasha - Rabbi A. Glatt, MD
11:00 am – Kiddush

11:30-12:30 – Learning Programs – Parallel Sessions
1.    Writing on Shabbat for the Clinician (Text-Based Study) Rabbi A. Steinberg, MD
2.    Moshe and Aaron:  Do the Punishments Fit the Crime? Rabbi M. Wruble
3.    Maintaining Your Loved Ones’ Dignity Even When They Can’t: Dealing With Elderly Parents in a Dignified FashionRabbi A. Glatt, MD 
4.    Student track: Rabbi E. Reichman, MD

12:45 pm - Lunch 

Shabbat Afternoon Program

5:45-6:45 pm – Daf YomiRabbi A. Glatt, MD 
Medical Confidentiality: Law and HalachaDr. Ben Zion Eliash

6:45-7:45 pm – Learning Programs – Parallel Sessions
1.    Is This Life Worth Waiting For? A Matter of Life "In" DeathRabbi E. Reichman, MD
2.    The Rabbi and His Wife, the Sexual Counselor, in ConversationRabbi M. Wruble & Dr. A. Woloski-Wruble, RN, MEd, EdD
3.    Rabbi J. Kelman
4.    Student track: Inside Look at Halachic PersonalitiesRabbi A. Steinberg, MD
7:45 pm - Mincha
8:00 pm - Seudat Shlishit
8:45 pm - Ask the Experts: Q&A for the panel 
9:45 pm - Maariv

Sunday, July 27
7:45 am - Shacharit 
8:30–9:30 am - Breakfast

Plenary Session - 9:30-11:30 am
Substitute Decision Makers & Halachic Living Wills in Jewish Law 
9:30–10:15 – Legal CommentaryDr. Ben Zion Eliash
10:15-11:00 – Rabbinic CommentaryRabbi A. Steinberg, MD 
11:00 - 11:30 - Panel Discussion
11:30 – Adjourn and Hotel Checkout