New York - Yeshiva University Establishes Advisory Program To Address End-of-Life Issues
New York - Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) and Calvary Hospital have teamed up to address the needs of observant Jews who are confronted with end-of-life issues and require religious guidance. To that end, Yeshiva University has established the YU/RIETS End-of-Life Halachic Advisory Program.
According to a press release provided by YU, a rabbinical panel consisting of Rabbi Herschel Schachter, Rabbi Yaakov Neuberger, Rabbi Mordechai Willig, and Rabbi Moshe Tendler – all of whom have dealt extensively with end-of-life halachic matters – will be available on a rotating basis to act as pre-hospice advisors and to answer questions from patients’ family members or rabbis following a medical determination that hospice care is warranted.
A panel of physicians affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University will also consult with the rabbinical panel about clinical issues pertaining to the terminally ill. Dr. Edward Burns, Dr. Seymour Huberfeld, Dr. Beth Popp, Dr. Edward Reichman, and Dr. Robert Sidlow have been selected to serve on the panel.
“There is a pressing need in the Orthodox community for accurate and thorough information on the conditions under which end-of-life care should be provided,” said Dr. Edward Burns, the executive dean of Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Observant patients admitted to Calvary’s home hospice care facility can expect treatment “in accordance with their faith traditions.” This includes pastoral care with two staff rabbis from RIETS; end-of-life counseling in keeping with Jewish tradition; kosher meals and cholov yisroel dairy items upon request; a kosher food pantry with two microwaves, a refrigerator and sink; a shabbos lounge; and the observance of shabbos and all major Jewish holidays. There is also an eruv in the Einstein and Pelham Parkway communities.
The YU/RIETS End-of-Life Halachic Advisory Program is accessible to any observant Jew seeking counsel about end-of-life affairs regardless of which hospice care facility they choose. More information about the Program can be obtained online at http://yu.edu/riets/end-of-life-care.
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