"'They Shall Bear Fruit Even in Old Age': A Jewish Response to Aging in America"

Press Contact: Eve Glasberg
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Email: evglasberg@jtsa.edu

February 10, 2012, New York, NY

The Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies (LFI) of The Jewish Theological Seminary gathers experts in public policy, health care, social service, and Jewish thought for a bioethics panel discussion titled “‘They Shall Bear Fruit Even in Old Age’: The Jewish Response to Aging in America.” The event will take place on Tuesday, March 13, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at JTS (3080 Broadway, at 122nd Street), and is free and open to the public.

As baby boomers reach retirement age and unparalleled advances in medical technology make retirement longer, concerns have intensified about future care for the aging. An aging population poses clear challenges but also promises new opportunities.

Our panelists will address questions that these changes raise, such as:

  • Do public policies established in the mid-20th century still make sense when people live longer and in better health than their parents and grandparents?
  • What are the medical and social issues faced by an aging population?
  • How do we deal with older members of our society in an ethical, fair, and compassionate way?
  • How can the economic productivity of the aging be encouraged and harnessed, and the wisdom of their life experience be shared?
  • What can Jewish history and rabbinic thought add to the conversation?

Join our experts in a conversation that will be guided by the biblical promise for the righteous: “They shall bear fruit even in old age” (Psalms 92:15).


Dr. Ruth Finkelstein, senior vice president for Policy and Planning at the New York Academy of Medicine

Rabbi Judith Hauptman, E. Billi Ivry Professor of Talmud and Rabbinic Culture, JTS

Mark Meridy, executive director, DOROT

Barbara Paris, MD, clinical professor, Geriatric and Palliative Medicine and General Internal Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; director of Division of Geriatric Services, Maimonides Medical Center


Rabbi Leonard Sharzer, MD, associate director for bioethics, Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies, JTS

Funding for this evening is provided by JTS’s Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies. Since 1938, LFI has maintained an innovative intergroup relations program that emphasizes conversations on public policy among diverse communities.

Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to allow sufficient time for registration, and have photo ID available.

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