Sunday, January 20, 2019

Rabbi Rachmiel Rothberger, Jewish community liaison and Jewish chaplain for Calvary Hospital, with a patient.

Rabbi Harold Stern visits a patient.

Bronx—Calvary Hospital, together with the National Association of Chevra Kadisha (NASCK), will host another event for community rabbis on their Bronx campus on Thursday, January 12, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon, 1740 Eastchester Road, Bronx, NY 10461.

The Jewish community will focus on Parsha Vayechi, which deals with death, on Saturday, January 14, 2017. NASCK will also be ushering in the annual TEAM Shabbos program to spotlight issues surrounding serious illness and the end of life.

This event will focus on four topics: (1) advance directives in halacha, (2) the appropriateness of hospice/palliative care for a patient’s pain management, (3) hydration/nutrition/meditation and (4) how to navigate tensions between families and medical staff.

The objective of this event is to help community rabbis, rabbinic students and chaplains learn needed medical knowledge, especially on end-of-life issues, in order to provide accurate counsel, and to help families learn the right questions to ask, so that they can make the right decisions for their loved ones. The event will cover questions including (but not limited to):

What is the difference between palliative care and hospice?

How can we be sensitive as we care for elderly parents?

What issues—including psychological ones—can come up at the end of life?

How much should we tell patients about their prognosis?

What are basic medical terms to know especially as it relates to EOL?

What are living wills and advance directives? What is appropriate?

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