7th International Conference on Jewish Medical Ethics

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Program Date(s): 
12:00 PM Thursday Aug 20, 2015 to 12:00 PM Sunday Aug 23, 2015
Leaders & Speakers: 
Bassie Taubes,
Dr. Jennie Goldstein,
Rabbi Dr. Avraham Steinberg,
Rabbi Dr. Aaron Glatt,
Rabbi Dr. Edward Reichman,
Rabbi Michael Taubes

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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. Prices are in USA dollars. Non-physician spouse pays NO conference fee.
Canadians who want to pay in Canadian dollars please call the office at 416 633- 5770.  

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 past Jewish Medical Ethics conferences:

"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


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Thursday August 20

4:00-6:00 pm - Registration

5:45-7:00 pm - Dinner

6:45 pm Mincha

7:00 -9:00 pm Introductory Plenary Session

7:00-7:40 – Is there a Jewish gene? - Rabbi A. Steinberg MD

7:40-8:20 –Jewish medical ethics update 2015 - Rabbi E. Reichman MD

8:20-9:00 – Vaccines: Outbreaks and Updates - a look at new government policies– Rabbi A. Glatt MD

Friday, August 21

7:15 am - Shacharit

8:00-9:00 am - Breakfast

Parallel Session I - 9:00-11:00 am

A. Physician Assisted Suicide

  9:00– 9:30 – Kill me now: Assisted death in Biblical & Talmudic literature - Rabbi A. Glatt MD  

  9:30 -10:00 – Suicide in the setting of pain- Role of terminal sedation –  Rabbi E. Reichman MD

  10:00-10:30-  When the patient and family say “enough”: Halachic limits - Rabbi A. Steinberg  MD

  10:30-11:00 –  Q & A panel discussion

  11:00-11:20 – Nutrition break

B. “AYEKA” - Rebuilding the child-parent relationship  

  9:00 – 11:00 –- Jennie Goldstein MD

Parallel Session II 11:20-1:20

A. Advances in reproductive technology

   11:20-11:50 – Who is my mother? Maternal mitochondrial DNA transfer -Rabbi E. Reichman MD

   11:50-12:20 – Freezing eggs to maintain fertility: Halachic & Hashkafic aspects -Rabbi A. Glatt MD   

   12:20- 12:50 – Embryonic genetic testing - Rabbi A. Steinberg  MD

   12:50- 1:20  -  Q & A panel discussion

   1:20 – Lunch & Leisure

B. Parenting the child with physical & invisible disabilities

  11:20- 1:20 -  Jennie Goldstein MD &  Rabbi M. Taubes

  1:20 – Lunch , Mincha & Leisure


Shabbat Program

6:30-7:30 – Daf Yomi – Rabbi A. Glatt MD

6:30-7:30 –Pre- Shabbat shiur - Human dignity as a factor in HalachahRabbi M. Taubes

7:30 pm - Kabbalat Shabbat (Candle lighting TBD)

8:00 pm – Shabbat Dinner

Oneg Shabbat From Tweets to Texts: Do we 'LIKE' the way we communicate? Margie Glatt

Shabbat – Morning program

8:00 am – Parshat Hashavua - Rabbi M. Taubes

8:30 am – Shacharit - Drasha: Rabbi M. Taubes

11:00 am – Kiddush

11:30-12:30 – Learning Programs – Parallel Sessions

   1.  Writing on Shabbat: Tablets, keyboards – Rabbi A. Steinberg MD

   2.  Mental illness:  Can we break the stigma in our community? - Jennie Goldstein

   3.  Risking one's life to save someone else - Rabbi M. Taubes

   4.  Student track: Rabbi E. Reichman MD

12:45 pm - Lunch

Shabbat - Afternoon program

5:00-6:00 pm

            - Medical Treatment for TerroristsRabbi M. Taubes

            - Daf Yomi – Rabbi A. Glatt MD

6:00-7:00 – Learning Programs – Parallel Sessions

  1. The Anatomy of Tefillah - Rabbi E. Reichman MD

2.   When the Jewish experience is:  Pray, Eat, Sleep, Repeat, how can we create a healthy community? - Bassie Taubes RN

3.   From House Calls to Friday Flights - Davening on the run for the busy clinician – Rabbi A. Glatt MD

4.   Student track: Inside look at Halachik personalities - Rabbi A. Steinberg MD

7:00 pm - Mincha

7:30 pm - Seudat Shlishit

8:00 pm - Ask the Experts: Q&A for the panel

8:35 pm – Maariv

9:15 pm – Zumba with Bassie Taubes, RN (women)

Sunday, August 23

7:00-7:45 - Daf Yomi – Rabbi A. Glatt MD

7:45 am - Shacharit

8:30 – 9:30 am – Breakfast

Plenary Session  9:30-11:30

Bruce or Caitlyn Jenner: Transgender issues in Halacha

  9:30– 10:00 – Halachik issues with the transgender individual -Rabbi A. Steinberg MD

  10:00-10:30 – The transgender individual: Genetics or environmental? - Dr. Jennie Goldstein MD

  10:30-11:00 – Educational aspects of the transgender adolescent - Rabbi M. Taubes

  11:00 –11:30- Panel discussion

11:30 -  Adjourn and Hotel Check out 


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