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Temple Beth El of Ithaca: Science in the Synagogue - A Halachic and Secular Discussion on Organ Donation

Rabbi Glass and Ron Ehrenberg

Our second installment of our Science in the Synagogue series continues with:

Organ Donation - A Halachic and Secular Scientific Perspective
Sunday, Dec 20th at 7:00 PM

At first glance, one might assume that organ donation, which allows one individual to extend the gift of life to one or many others, would be a “slam-dunk” in the eyes of Jewish law. What questions or problems could this life-giving act raise for a tradition that puts such a premium on pikuah nefesh (the preservation of life)?

As it turns out, rabbinic authorities have raised important and thoughtful questions about how and when organ transplantation from both living and cadaveric donors should be allowed, which individuals should be prioritized to receive donated organs, and what, if any, compensation should be provided to donors.

Join us on Sunday, Dec 20 at 7:00 p.m. as TBE’s rabbi emeritus Rabbi Scott Glass and economist Ronald Ehrenberg explore organ donation through both a Jewish and secular lens. The program will feature additional commentary by TBE member and kidney-recipient Barry Strom.

Please go to the Temple Beth El website for information on the Zoom link to this virtual event.

Time and Place
December 20, 2020, 7:00 pm
Zoom event
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