5th International Conference on Jewish Medical Ethics
12:00AM Thursday July 4 - 12:00AM Sunday July 7, 2013
High Peaks Resort, Lake Placid, New York
Lake Placid

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Event Overview

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Save the date for another wonderful weekend of Torah learning and thought-provoking lectures by renowned speakers. As always, we will have great food and lovely, picturesque facilities. Click here to reserve your spot.

This year, for the first time, there will be special children's programming, as well as a parallel non-medical track. A limited number of student places are available, starting at $350. Please call 416 633 5770 for details.

This event is approved for up to 15 credits by the Office for Continuing Health Professional Education (CHPE). The Office for CHPE, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Education (CACME). This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Through a reciprocal agreement between the American Medical Association and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the Office for CHPE, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University designates this activity for AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s) up to the maximum number of credit hours noted above. Each physician should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Here's what people have said about our previous Jewish Medical Ethics conferences:

"Yasher Koach for a marvelous weekend at Lake Placid. There wasn't a person who I spoke to who didn't rave about every aspect of the programming."

"It was the most exciting learning experience that I have ever attended."

"I left the conference on a total high. It was such a wonderful Shabbat experience. It was a Kiddush Hashem in so many aspects. The Torah learned, the Divrei Torah, and being in the presence of true role models was a wonderful experience."

"I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the Jewish Medical Ethics conference last week in Lake Placid. I found the sessions and the networking opportunities to be very worthwhile. I look forward to the opportunity to participate in the conference in a more active way in the future."

For MP3 recordings from our 4th International Jewish Medical Ethics Conference, please click here.

Main Topics

This event is approved for up to 15 CME credits.


This schedule is preliminary and is subject to change.

Thursday, July 4

4:00-6:00 pm - Registration

5:30 pm  - Mincha

5:45-7:00 pm - Dinner

7:00-9:00 pm - Introductory Plenary Session

7:00-8:00 – Year in Review: Hot topics in Jewish Medical Ethics - Rabbi E. Reichman, MD

8:00-9:00 – Epigenetics and the Jewish Tradition: Accounting for the Unique Success of Jews in Science and Medicine -  Dr. A. Kadish


Friday, July 5

7:15 am - Shacharit

8:00 – 9:00 am - Breakfast

Parallel Session I- 9:00-11:20

A. Fertility & Assisted reproduction

9:00– 9:30 – Fertility: Past, Present, and Future – Rabbi G. Weitzman

9:30-10:00 –  Ambiguous Genitalia in Halacha – Rabbi A. Steinberg, MD

10:00 -10:30 – Oncofertility: Preserving Fertility in Cancer Patients - Rabbi E. Reichman, MD

10:30-11:00 –  IVF & Stem Cell Research - Dr. A. Kadish

11:00-11:20 – Nutrition break


B. Family dynamics

9:00 – 10:00 – Raising Children with Jewish Values in our Challenging World – Dr. D. Pelcovitz

10:00 - 11:00 – Mars & Venus - Rabbi S. Weil

11:00 - 11:20 – Nutrition break


Parallel Session II 11:20-1:20

A. Dying with Dignity in Jewish Law

11:20-12:00 – Case Presentation & Palliative Care Principles – Dr. J. Abrams & Dr. B. Berger

12:00-12:50 – Palliative Care & Halacha: Can They Co-exist? - Rabbi A. Steinberg, MD

12:50- 1:20 –  Panel discussion– Rabbi Steinberg, Dr. J. Abrams, Dr. B. Berger

1:20 – Lunch & Leisure

B. Genetics, Judaism and the 21st Century

11:20-12:00 – Breast Cancer Genetics and the Jewish Woman – E. Warner, MD

12:00-12:40 – Between Sages & Mendel: Genetics in the Talmud and Today - Rabbi G. Weitzman

12:40-1:20  – Open & Shut: Genetic Testing in the Jewish Community - Rabbi E. Reichman, MD

1:20 – Lunch & Leisure


Shabbat Program

5:45-6:45 – Daf Yomi – Rabbi S. Weil

5:45 -6:45 – Dealing with Stress & Suffering - Dr. D. Pelcovitz

6:45 pm - Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat

8:00 pm – Shabbat Dinner


Oneg Shabbat

9:15– 10:15 pm – The two greatest challenges confronting Orthodox Judaism in the 21st century - Rabbi S. Weil


Shabbat – Morning program

8:00 am - Parshat Hashavua - Rabbi G. Weitzman

8:30 am – Shacharit & Drasha –“The 7th million” - Rabbi S. Weil

11:00 am – Kiddush


11:30-12:30 – Learning Programs – Parallel Sessions

1.  Physicians and the Laws of Seclusion (text-based study) – Rabbi A. Steinberg, MD

2.  What Can We Learn About Intimacy From Adam & Eve? - Rabbi G. Weitzman

3.   The One Man Who Could Have Prevented the Churban - Rabbi S. Weil


12:45 pm - Lunch


Shabbat - Afternoon program

5:00-5:45 pm – Daf Yomi – Rabbi S. Weil

5:45 -6:45 pm – Individual & Communal Responsibility to Victims & Sex Offenders - Rabbi Weil


6:45-7:45 – Learning Programs – Parallel Sessions

  1. Obligation to Disclose Medical Information to Spouse/Potential Spouse - Rabbi A. Steinberg, MD & Dr. D. Pelcovitz
  2. Science and Halacha: How Halacha Views Scientific Knowledge – Dr. A. Kadish
  3. The Popes, Jewish Physicians, and the Bais Hamikdash - Rabbi E. Reichman, MD


7:45 pm - Mincha

8:00 pm - Seudat Shlishit

8:45 pm - Ask the Experts: Questions and Answers for the Panel

9:45 pm - Ma'ariv


Sunday, July 7

7:45 am - Shacharit

8:30 – 9:30 am - Breakfast

Social Medicine & Jewish Law

9:30– 11:00 – Psychological Aspects of Pedophilia & Sexual Deviance - Dr. D. Pelcovitz

11:00 – Adjourn and Hotel Checkout 

Participating Leaders And Speakers

Dr. Alan Kadish's picture

Alan H. Kadish is the president of the Touro College System. The Touro College and University System includes Touro College (based in Manhattan) and New York Medical College, which are accredited...

Dr. Brian Berger's picture

Dr. Brian Berger is the Physician Leader in the Department of Continuing Care, Rehabilitation and Palliative Care at Mackenzie Health Hospital in Richmond Hill and is in charge of the Palliative...

Dr. David Pelcovitz's picture
Dr. Pelcovitz holds the Gwendolyn and Joseph Straus Chair in Psychology and Jewish Education at Yeshiva University’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration, where he is also...

Dr. Ellen Warner's picture

Dr. Warner obtained her MD and internal medicine training at the University of Toronto and did a medical and radiation oncology fellowship at the Hadassah Ein Karem in Yerushalayim. Since 1993 she...

Professor Avraham Steinberg M.D.'s picture

Prof. Steinberg was born in Hoff, Germany. He studied in the Rabbinic Academy of Yeshivat Harav Kook, Jerusalem after which he studied medicine and completed his internship in the Hebrew-...

Rabbi Dr. Edward Reichman's picture

Edward Reichman is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Associate Professor of Philosophy and History of Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (AECOM) of Yeshiva...

Rabbi Gideon Weitzman's picture
Rabbi Gideon Weitzman is the Director of the Puah Institute in the US and the Head of the English Speaking Section of the Puah Institute for Fertility and Medicine in Accordance with Halacha in...

Rabbi Steven Weil's picture

Rabbi Steven Weil is Executive Vice President of the Orthodox Union. Rabbi Steven Weil, the son of German “fie handlers”, grew up on a cattle farm in Upstate New York. His love for...

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