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Life in the Balance

Jewish perspectives on everyday medical dilemmas

A 6 lesson course by the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute


Tuesdays from 12pm-1pm, beginning May 6 through June 10

Rhode Island Hospital, Aldrich 134 Conference Room, Aldrich Building
Free parking for course attendees.


For additional information or to register, please contact Rabbi Yossi Laufer at 884-7888 or

There is no fee to attend this course; donations to Chabad of West Bay will be accepted.

If you would like to earn credit, there is a fee of $69 for credit and certificate processing.


CLE for Lawyers up to 10.5 general credits 3 of which can be used for ethics ($69 add'l)

AMA PRA Category 1 credits. up to 6 for the live classes & 12 for the Additional Readings ($69 add'l)

AGD for dentists up to 12 CDE credits, 2 per lesson ($69 add'l)

Life in the Balance: Jewish perspectives on everyday medical dilemmas

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Life in the Balance is a CME accredited course from The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI). Life in the Balance includes modern day case studies, selected readings from primary sources and commentaries, augmented with critical analysis, independent research, diagrams, and creative exercises including specially designed workbooks. The course is presented in 6 one hour sessions over 6 weeks.

JLI is an international adult continuing education organization, offering courses on a wide range of topics at 350 chapters worldwide. The local chapter is run by Rabbi Yossi Laufer of the Chabad Chai Center in Warwick. Yossi Laufer is known for enjoying round-table learning, encouraging participation from those who attend and has been with JLI since 2007.

Dates and time: Tuesdays from 12pm-1pm beginning May 6 through June 10

Location: Rhode Island Hospital, Aldrich 134 Conference Room, Aldrich Building

There is no fee to attend this course; donations to Chabad of West Bay will be accepted. If you would like to earn CME credit, there is a fee of $69 for credit and certificate processing.

State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 18 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This includes attending all sessions and completing additional readings. Please contact Cathy Berthrong for additional details regarding AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

You are welcome to bring your lunch.

Free parking will be provided


Course descriptions:

BRCA, Genetic Testing, and Preventive Measures

We all endeavor to protect our health, but we often question whether we do enough. Scientists have recently identified the BRCA genetic mutations (common in Ashkenazi Jews) that significantly increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancers. Are you obliged to test for it? And if you have it, how far should you go in taking preventive measures? Where do you draw the line between keen vigilance and pointless panic?

END-OF-LIFE DILEMMAS ( May 13, 2014)
Prolonging Life vs. Prolonging Death

Resuscitate? Do not resuscitate? How does one decide what to inscribe in their living will? The value of life is immeasurable, but is the same true for its increments? This lesson discusses the important end-of-life decisions that we need to make today, and offers Jewish perspectives on dying with dignity.

Aborting One Life to Save Another

Couples undergoing fertility treatment are often advised to reduce the number of fetuses in order to save a high-risk pregnancy. May we end the life of one or two to save the lives of many? Is the fetus considered a life? This lesson discusses Judaism’s view on the status of the fetus, and the ethics of choosing one life over another.

Should the Sale of Organs Be Legal?

Permitting the sale of organs may significantly increase the number of organs available for transplant, potentially saving many thousands of lives. But what effects will this have on human dignity, and on the destitute pressed to sell organs to feed their families? Is our obligation to save lives a precedent to override these concerns?

SANCTITY IN DEATH (June 3, 2014)
Autopsy and Anatomical Dissection

Many states allow medical schools to use unclaimed cadavers for anatomical dissection. Is this ethical? Is it ever moral to perform an autopsy over a family's objections? Would Jewish law allow one to voluntarily donate his or her body to science? This lesson will examine how Jewish law balances the dignity of the dead with the needs of society.

The Ethics of Uterine Transplants

Until now, surrogacy has been the only solution for women without a healthy womb. However, a recently popularized new fertility treatment, promises to bring them renewed hope. This lesson addresses fascinating ethical concerns surrounding uterine and other non-vital-organ transplants and surgical procedures.

For additional information or to register via the RI Hospital, please contact Cathy Berthrong at 444-5853 or