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End of Life Planning: Customs and Practices of Three Faith Traditions

What do different religious traditions say about how we live life and how we prepare for death? How do we help people consider the quality of life at the end of life, and help to ensure their wishes are communicated to their loved ones?

Central Synagogue is hosting an interfaith dialogue with three spiritual leaders: Rabbi Angela Buchdahl, Senior Rabbi at Central Synagogue, Senior Reverend Scott Black Johnston, of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, and Chaplain Tahara Akmal, Director of Clinical Pastoral Education and Certified Educator at the Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences in Reading, PA. Join us for a lively dialogue with spiritual leaders of three faiths as they explore the customs, norms, and precepts of their faith traditions regarding the end of life and planning for death. Participants have the opportunity to examine the place of faith, beliefs, and practices at end of life with the support of their own community and religious leaders. For some participants, the conversation raises concerns about being in alignment with what their faith’s precepts prescribe and permit. The dialogue will address some of the most vexing questions of our time.

Talk, Panel, & Conversation