CHAI: the Cooperative Hebrew Adult Institute

Date: Nov 05, 2018 - Nov 05, 2018

Time: 8:30 p.m.

Sponsor: JTS Learning in Your Community

Location: New York State

Category: JTS in Your Community

Five-Part Lecture Series With JTS Scholars

Chai: the Cooperative Hebrew Adult Institute is a a multi-synagogue adult education institute held at the Dix Hills Jewish Center in cooperation with the Hereld Institute for Jewish Studies of JTS.

Six Mondays: October 22, 29; November 5, 12, 19
8:30 p.m.
Dix Hills Jewish Center

November 5 Lecture

“Is it Time to Rethink Brain Death?,” with Rabbi Leonard Sharzer, MD, Associate Director for Bioethics of the Finkelstein Institute of Religious and Social Studies, JTS

It is 50 years since the Ad Hoc Committee on Brain Death of the Harvard Medical School published its landmark report describing the characteristics of a permanently nonfunctioning brain, a condition it referred to as “irreversible coma,” now known as brain death.  In recent years, some physicians and bioethicists have called into question the fundamental notion that people who meet the neurological criteria for death are in fact dead.  Rabbi Sharzer will share with us some of the recent findings around what constitutes brain death and together we will explore the implications of the most current studies and research.

The JTS lecture will be preceded by a class with a local clergy member.  


$36 per person for the five weeks of courses and lectures.


For additional information, please click here or contact Gail Jospa at

Dix Hills Jewish Center
555 Vanderbilt Parkway
Dix Hills, NY 11746

Session Dates and Speakers

November 12 with Dr. Eitan Fishbane; November 19 with Dr. Shira Epstein