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Jewish Bioethics: The END of Life

Past Sessions
Tuesday, February 28, 2023 7 Adar 5783 - 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM - BST Zoom
Tuesday, January 31, 2023 9 Sh'vat 5783 - 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM - BST Zoom

Presenter Rabbi Steve Glazer, on Zoom Only

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Tuesdays January 31 st and February 28 th at 7:30 pm ZOOM ONLY

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At our first session in January Rabbi Glazer talked to us about genetic engineering and CRISPR and the ethics of tampering with embryos.  While there are still many biomedical issues surrounding the beginning of life, many of those who attended expressed a greater interest in the ethics of end-of-life issues.  Because of his schedule, Rabbi Glazer can give us just one more session at this time¸ so we are changing the original plans and will now be discussing the difficult decisions regarding the terminally ill, those on life-support, and other decisions facing the elderly: Definition of “Death,” Euthanasia,

Assisted/Active Dying, Cryogenics.


If you registered for session one, you do not need to re-register.  Those who are not already registered will need to register for this session:

Admission Free, Donations Welcome! Suggested donation—$18

Steve Glazer is Adjunct Rabbi at Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County in Bethesda, MD, Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Beth Emeth, Herndon, VA and principal of Glazer Consulting, which serves as a resource to individuals, caregivers, and health-care professionals dealing with issues related to aging, illness, dementia and end-of-life. He currently serves on the Intramural IRB at NIH, the bioethics faculties of George Washington, Georgetown, and USUHS (The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences) Schools of Medicine. He is also a member of the Ethics Committee of Inova Fairfax Hospital and serves on the Maryland State Advisory Council for Quality of Care at the End of Life. 

Rabbi Glazer has a long and distinguished academic career, most recently at George Washington University, and including serving as Visiting Scholar at Harvard Divinity School, The Oxford (U.K.) Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, and The Smithsonian Institution. He holds degrees from Columbia University, The Jewish Theological Seminary, and Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, and was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Seminary in 1996. Rabbi Glazer is co-editor of two recent publications: the award-winning “Seasons of Caring: Meditations for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregivers “ and “Dementia-Friendly Worship.”

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