Fertility, Medicine and Halacha Conference: Building Healthy Families

September 16, 2013






Speakers Include:

  • Rabbi Elie Abadie, M.D., Founding Rabbi Safra Synagogue
  • Natan Bar-Chama, M.D., Male Reproductive Health of New York Medical Director at RMA of New York, Mt. Sinai
  • Keith Berkowitz, M.D., Medical Director, Center for Balanced Health, NY
  • Michael Glassner, M.D., Director, Mainline Fertility Center, Bryn Mawr, PA
  • Richard Grazi, M.D., Director, Genesis Fertility & Reproductive Medicine, NY
  • Sue Gross, M.D., Professor of Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women’s Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY
  • Lawrence Grunfeld, M.D., Co-Director of Reproductive Medicine Associates of  NY
  • Rabbi Yaakov Kermaier, Rabbi, Fifth Avenue Synagogue
  • Joshua Klein, M.D., Reproductive Medicine Associates New York, RMA
  • Rabbi Elchanan Lewis, Assistant Director of Puah Institute
  • Harry Lieman, M.D., Associate Professor and Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Albert Einstein College of Medicine/ Montefiore Medical Center
  • Samantha Pfeifer, M.D., Cornell College of Medicine
  • Edward Reichman, M.D., Professor of Clinical Epidemiology & Population Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY
  • Peter Schlegel, M.D., Professor of Reproductive Medicine and Chairman of Urology, The Weill Medical College of Cornell University
  • Richard Schanler, M.D., Director, Neonatal Services,Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York and North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System
  • Edward Reichman, M.D., Professor of Clinical Epidemiology & Population Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY
  • Rabbi Richard Weiss, M.D., Rabbi Young Israel of Hillcrest,  Adjunct Assistant Professor/biology at Stern College For Women
  • Rabbi Gideon Weitzman, Director, Puah Institute
  • Rabbi Tzvi H. Weinreb, Ph.D., Orthodox Union
  • Rabbi Mordechai Willig,  Rosh Yeshiva, RIETS, Yeshiva University


Topics Include:

  • Male Infertility: The Medical and Halachic Journey
  • The Impact of Genetics on the Modern Jewish Family
  • Modern Techniques in IVF: Moving to Day 5 & Single Embryo Transfer
  • Prenatal Care: Caring for your Baby Before Birth
  • Nutritional Imperatives: Before, During & After Pregnancy
  • Up-to-Date Male  Factor Treatment Options
  • Fertility Preservation: Hope For the Future
  •  PGD: The Medicine and the Halacha
  • Allergies, Celiac, Gluten and their Impact on a Healthy Pregnancy
  • Genetic Testing: BRCA Medical Ethics
  • Pru Urvu: Rabbis in the Lab- Questions on Halacha and Ethics
  • Special sessions for Rabbis, Mental & Medical Professionals
  • Special sessions for Kallah teachers, Rebbetzins, Yoatzot, and educators
  • And more!

 Click here to view the program schedule

Registration for this program is now closed.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) through the joint sponsorship of MSSNY and the Puah Institute. MSSNY is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.The Medical Society of the State of New York designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 creditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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