Decisions of Fate

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    4 Tuedays,
    7:30-9:00 P.M.

    May 21 - June 18

    Instructor: Rabbi Fajnland


    Chabad of Reston - Herndon


    Fee: $99


    This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of New York Medical College and The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI). New York Medical College is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Go to for a complete accreditation statement.

    MCLE board-approved in many states for CLE credits for attorneys

    Course Overview

    Decisions of Fate:
    Your Jewish Compass for Navigating Questions of Medical Ethics

    Explore the guiding Jewish values that help inform choices on common medical questions. This course will equip students with the tools to chart a path through four areas of medical ethics: experimental treatments, extending life, pregnancy questions, and caring for a body. Gain an enriching perspective on how the Jewish ethical tradition helps us confidently navigate fateful decisions.

    Lesson Outline


    Experimental Treatments

    When emerging treatments offer hope of recovery, when is the risk justified? Discover the Jewish ethics of risking your life in the hope of extending your long-term prospects.


    Extending Life

    How does Judaism balance the desire to preserve life with concerns of reducing suffering? See how Jewish values inform a dignified approach to end-of-life care and advance medical directives.


    Pregnancy Questions

    Explore questions of pregnancy through the lens of Jewish texts. Is a fetus a human life, or a part of the mother’s body? When pregnancy endangers a woman’s life, may she, in good conscience, carry the pregnancy to term?


    A Body’s Dignity

    Might autopsy violate the dignity of the human body? Learn the Jewish view on the respect to which the deceased is entitled and how the sanctity of human life continues after death.

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