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JLI, LYA team up to present Life in the Balance series


Oct. 24, 2013
LONGMEADOW – The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) and Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy (LYA) will present Life in the Balance: Jewish Perspectives on Everyday Medical Dilemmas, the institute’s new six-session Fall series for 2013.

Life in the Balance will be offered at LYA, 1148 Converse St., for six Wednesdays, beginning Oct. 30 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Fee for the course, which includes a student textbook, is $100 with a couple’s price of $180. Living with Integrity will also be offered at law offices of James Smith, 1331 Main St., Springfield, for six consecutive Thursdays beginning Oct. 31 from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m.

“Nowadays, at some point or another, everyone faces an extremely difficult medical decision that they aren’t equipped to handle.” said Rabbi Zalman Abraham of JLI’s headquarters in Brooklyn, N.Y. “Our objective with this course is to acquaint the public with fascinating Jewish perspectives on some of the most cutting-edge dilemmas in medical ethics.”

In Life in the Balance, participants will ponder ethical questions about a range of topics from end of life issues to preventive measures and respect due to the body after death.

Questions include: Must we prolong life at the expense of immense suffering? Should we legalize compensation for organs to save the lives of those on the transplant list? And where do we draw the line between keen vigilance to safeguard one’s health and pointless panic?

The course will also explore ethical ramifications of fascinating new technologies such as digital autopsies, and uterine transplants.

“These important issues are critical to so many people’s lives.” Rabbi Yakov Wolff, the local JLI instructor in Longmeadow, said. “This is a unique opportunity that will benefit the wider community, and we invite everyone to attend.”

Like all JLI programs, Life in the Balance is designed to appeal to people at all levels of Jewish knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning. The course is accredited to offer American Medical Association Physician’s Recognition Award Category 1 continuing medical education credits for medical professionals, continuing legal education credits for attorneys in most states, and Academy of Genderal Dentistry Program Approval of Continuing Education credits for dentists. All JLI courses are open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with a particular synagogue, temple, or other house of worship.

Interested students may call 348-4978 or visit www.myJLI.com for registration and other course-related information.



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