JTS Presents Jewish Perspectives on Quality of Life

“Aging in America: Second Career / Post-Career” and “Palliative Care and the Jewish Tradition: Integrating Jewish Texts with Contemporary Medical Practices”

Press Contact: Eve Glasberg
Office: (212) 678-8089
Email: evglasberg@jtsa.edu

May 20, 2013, New York, NY

The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) is pleased to host two upcoming programs about Jewish approaches to quality of life in the United States, one a panel discussion about productive living for seniors, and the other a seminar focused on palliative care and spirituality. Both will be held on JTS's campus at 3080 Broadway (corner 122nd Street), New York City. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early for check-in, and have photo ID available.

On Wednesday, June 12, at 6:30 p.m., the Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies of JTS is sponsoring the discussion "Aging in America: Second Career / Post-Career." Admission is free, but reservations are required. RSVP to www.jtsa.edu/aging.

As more baby boomers approach traditional retirement age, a seismic shift-the "silver tsunami"-is taking place in our culture. This panel of experts will explore the aging process from a medical and spiritual perspective, examine Jewish attitudes toward aging and work, and discuss new paradigms for the role of "senior citizen."

Panelists include Rabbi Rachel Cowan, senior fellow, Institute for Jewish Spirituality, and cofounder of Wise Aging; Dr. Linda P. Fried, DeLamar Professor of Public Health and dean, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health; senior vice president, Columbia University Medical Center; and professor of Epidemiology and Medicine, College of Physicians and Surgeons; and Rabbi Leonard A. Sharzer, MD, associate director of Bioethics, Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies of JTS. The moderator will be Mark Meridy, executive director of DOROT.

On Monday, June 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the Center for Pastoral Education at JTS will host "Palliative Care and the Jewish Tradition: Integrating Jewish Texts with Contemporary Medical Practices," a daylong seminar that will bring together medical professionals, rabbis, and cantors to discuss traditional and current rabbinic approaches to life and quality of life. Together, participants will confer on spirituality and communication in the context of palliative and end-of-life care, and address the present state of palliative care in the United States and how it can be improved.

Facilitators will be Dr. David Kraemer, Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian and professor of Talmud and Rabbinics, JTS; Dana R. Lustbader, MD, FCCM, FCCP, FAAHPM, section head of Palliative Medicine, North Shore LIJ; Rabbi Mollie Cantor, supervisory education student and staff chaplain, NewYork-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medical Center; and Linda Golding, staff chaplain, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

The cost of the program is $195, and includes lunch, snacks, and all course materials. To register, visit www.jtsa.edu/palliativecareseminar. For additional information, contact Rabbi Ute Steyer, research and program manager, Center for Pastoral Education at JTS, at utsteyer@jtsa.edu or (212) 678-8807.