OU Presents “When Serious Illness Strikes,” in Flatbush, February 22

12 Feb 2009

In continuation of its dedicated effort to disseminate practical and educational information to the greater Jewish community, the Orthodox Union will present a free communal symposium, “When Serious Illness Strikes and Decisions Have to be Made: Who Decides – the Patient, the Physician, the Rabbi, the Family?” on Sunday, February 22, from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.

The event is run in conjunction with the Metropolitan Jewish Health System, under a grant from The Jewish Healing and Hospice Alliance, an initiative of UJA-Federation of New York.

Frank Buchweitz, OU National Director of Community Services and Special Projects, declared, “Illness can strike at any age and we have to understand how to address the myriad of individual and family challenges that are presented.”

The program will consist of a panel discussion featuring the following speakers and topics:

• Rabbi Richard Weiss, MD, of the Young Israel of Hillcrest, who will speak on “Halachic Considerations”;
• Beth Popp, MD, of Maimonides Medical Center, Associate Professor of Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, who will speak on “Medical Challenges and Concerns”;
• Eytan Kobre, Esq., an Eldercare Attorney in Manhattan, who will speak on “Legal and Financial Aspects,” and
• Rabbi Charles Rudansky, Director of Pastoral Care, Metropolitan Jewish Hospice and Palliative Care Programs, who will speak on “Family and Support Services.”

There will be a question and answer session following the panel discussion, and a light breakfast in the morning.

For more information, contact Frank Buchweitz at 212-613-8188 and frank@ou.org.