Jewish Bioethics at the Boundaries of Life

Date: May 02, 2019

Time: noon - 1:00 p.m.

Sponsor: Online Learning

Location: Online

Category: Online Learning


Can the Jewish tradition offer guidance for dealing with the frontiers of modern medicine? This course will explore the ways in which classical Jewish texts inform Jewish attitudes toward issues at the beginning and end of life, such as pre-implantation genetic testing, abortion, and how we define death. We will discuss the role of religion and religiously informed principles in a pluralistic and largely secular society.

Three Thursdays
May 2, 9, and 16, 2019
12:00–1:00 p.m. ET


Rabbi Leonard A. Sharzer, MD, is associate director for bioethics emeritus of the Finkelstein Institute of Religious and Social Studies at The Jewish Theological Seminary. His current research is in the field of bioethics, especially as it pertains to Jewish law. A native of Boston, Rabbi Sharzer graduated from Boston University School of Medicine and completed residency training in general surgery at the University of Iowa, also earning an MS in surgery for work in organ preservation for transplantation. He retired from medical practice in 1999 to enter The Rabbinical School at JTS, where he was ordained in May 2003.

Cost: $60 (includes all curricular materials)

Space is limited. Advance registration required.

For more information, contact Lynn Feinman at or (212) 678-8821.