RIVERTOWNS, N.Y. -- Chabad of the Rivertowns will host a six-week course on Jewish medical ethics called "Life in the Balance: Jewish Perspectives on Everyday Ethical Dilemmas" starting at 8 p.m., Oct. 28.
"Life in the Balance" addresses questions of critical importance, such as how to decide what to write in your living will or do not resuscitate directive, and whether to undergo genetic testing to determine your risk for diseases that could be avoided by taking preventive measures. Hot-button debates about fetal reduction — like whether we have the right to forfeit the life of one to save many — and about whether we should legalize the sale of organs to save the lives of those who might otherwise die on a waiting list also will be discussed.
The course will consider the ethical considerations that surround some of the most astounding medical breakthroughs in recent history, such as uterine transplants that now allow women without a womb to become pregnant, and new imaging techniques for performing non-invasive autopsies, enabling us to preserve the dignity of the body in death.
The first session at Chabad of the Rivertowns, 303 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, is free with no obligation. After that, the six-week course, which continue every Monday through Dec. 2, will cost $99.
Call 914-693-6100 to register or for more information.