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Reimagining End-of-Life Care: A Multi-Faith Exploration

How do we ensure the best care for the whole person — at the end of life — in a highly mechanized health system? What guidance and wisdom can diverse religious traditions and communities provide?

Join us for “Reimagining End-of-Life Care: A Multi-Faith Exploration” (JTS’s Jack and Lewis Rudin Lecture). Modern medicine presents us with complex choices at the end of life. How do we navigate our options? Following presentations by prominent medical and faith leaders, participants will have an opportunity to reflect on their values and concerns in small-group conversations with trained facilitators. (Presentations approximately one hour, followed by small-group discussions.)

Keynote Speaker: Jessica Nutik Zitter, MD, ICU and Palliative Care Specialist, Highland Hospital, Oakland, California, and author of Extreme Measures: Finding A Better Path to the End of Life.

Panelists: Rev. Lisa D. Jenkins, Senior Pastor, St. Matthew's Baptist Church of Harlem; Khalid L. Rehman, MD, Attending Physician, Department of Medicine, Metropolitan Hospital, New York; Rabbi Mychal B. Springer, Director, Center for Pastoral Education, JTS.

Moderator: Rev. Pamela Cooper-White, PhD, Christiane Brooks Johnson Professor of Psychology and Religion, Union Theological Seminary.

General Information: Admission is free, but reservations are required. Please arrive by 7:00 pm; photo ID is required for admission to JTS.

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JTS is wheelchair accessible. ASL interpretation available upon request at least seven business days prior to the program. Please notify us at in advance of any special needs.

Talk, Panel, & Conversation