Sermons, articles of interest, etc.

Rabbi Buchdahl speaks on Parashat Vayigash and the importance of engaging in these caring conversations with our loved ones.

"Helen Radin Memorial Lecture: What Matters” with Rabbi Felicia Sol and BJ Senior Rabbinic Fellow Rabbi Sarit Horwitz were joined by Dr. Eliezer Diamond (Rabbi Judah Nadich Associate Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at The Jewish Theological Seminary), Rabbi Joy Levitt (Executive Director at The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan), and moderator Rabbi Mychal Springer (Director of the Center for Pastoral Education at The Jewish Theological Seminary and the Helen Fried Kirshblum Goldstein Chair in Professional and Pastoral Skills) discuss end of life planning and the “What Matters” initiative.

Rabbi Mychal B. Springer nad Sally Kaplan, who are leading What Matters: Caring Conversations About End of Life, an initiative to bring advance care planning to the Jewish community of New York.

New York State advance directives.
What Matters Jewish resources currently on the site Jewish Resource Sheet and Sage Voices

Peter Rubenstein on Central Synagogue Website

Plaza Jewish Community Chapel - Funeral Pre-Planning

Sage Voices
A diverse group of rabbis and religious leaders speak about end-of-life issues and how they integrate Jewish tradition into their own teaching and care for others. Created by the Center for Pastoral Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary as part of What Matters: Caring Conversations About End of Life, a joint project of JTS's Center for Pastoral Education, JCC Manhattan and The New Jewish Home, with generous funding from Plaza Jewish Community Chapel and UJA Federation of New York. Topics include: palliative care and hospice; organ donation; withdrawal of food and nutrition; life support; do not resuscitate, and Ethical Wills.


About Respecting Choices

What Matters has adapted the evidence-based Respecting Choices® model of advance care planning to the Jewish community of New York. Respecting Choices, is an internationally recognized, person-centered approach to advance care planning, that honors an individual's goals and values for current and future healthcare. The organization helps redesign systems, trains and certifies Advance Care Planning facilitators, and engages communities to sustain a strong advance care planning system. The program has a network of over 10,000 trained facilitators. Its benefits for individuals, health systems, and communities are proven and have been replicated in diverse communities. Respecting Choices is a key part of C-TAC Innovations division and the organization's work around advance care.


About Coalition to Transform Advance Care (C-TAC)

C-TAC is a national, non-profit, non-partisan coalition comprised of over 140 national organizations including patient and consumer advocacy groups, health care professionals and providers, private sector stakeholders, faith-based organizations, and health care payers with the shared vision that all Americans with advanced illness, especially the sickest and most vulnerable, will receive comprehensive, high-quality, person- and family-centered care that is consistent with their goals and values and honors their dignity. Respecting Choices is an key member of C-TAC Innovations and their

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