Bioethics Conference to Address "Indeterminacy of Rabbinic Ethics"

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950

December 18, 2007, Atlanta, GA

"The Indeterminacy of Rabbinic Ethics," a full day conference exploring Jewish perspectives on genetic screening, prophylactic interventions to prevent cancer, and other controversial ethical issues, will be held Sunday, January 6, 2008, at the Atlanta Hilton.

The conference is being sponsored by the Academic Coalition for Jewish Bioethics Conference (AJCB), of which the Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies of The Jewish Theological Seminary is a member. This conference is intended for all interested individuals, including but not limited to physicians, allied health professionals, lawyers, rabbis, Jewish communal professionals, and lay leaders.

AJCB advocates the development of a variety of methodologies that bring clarity and authenticity to difficult life choices. It also strives to broaden and deepen biomedical conversation in Jewish life and to create models of cooperation across the spectrum of Jewish practice. ACJB is an interdenominational joint venture of the American Jewish University; Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health; Hebrew Union College-University of Cincinnati, Center for the Study of Contemporary Moral Problems; the Louis Finkelstein Institute; Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Levin-Lieber Program in Jewish Ethics; the Shalom Hartman Institute; University of Pennsylvania, Center for Bioethics; and Yeshiva University.

Additional sessions include Halakhah and Aggadah: Are There New Methodologic Dimensions to Jewish Bioethics; Non-Heart-Beating Donor Organ Transplantation: A Jewish Bioethical Analysis; and Pre-implantation Genetic Haplotyping, Pre-embryos and Jewish Law.

Further information is available by visiting or by contacting Dr. Leonard Sharzer, Louis Finkelstein Institute Fellow, at (212) 678-8164.

Editors/Reporters: To cover the AJCB conference or for more information on the Finkelstein Institute, please contact Sherry S. Kirschenbaum in the Department of Communications at (212) 678-8953.

Since 1938, the Louis Finkelstein Institute has maintained an innovative interfaith and inter-group relations program that emphasizes conversation among diverse communities about matters of public significance.