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Rabbinic Expert on End-of-Life Issues to Speak at Three Programs on May 2

Planning for healthcare at the end of life is not strictly a legal issue; there are also Jewish perspectives on such matters. Patients and their families – as well as their rabbis and medical, legal and financial professionals – should be informed about all available options so they can make the decisions that best meet individual needs and values. Rabbi Elliot N. Dorff, one of the leading experts on the topic – including advance care directives – will be the keynote speaker at three programs presented by the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and its Jewish Chaplaincy Program, Maimonides Society, Attorneys’ Division and Foundation on Thursday, May 2.

Click here to read about Rabbi Elliot N. Dorff.

The Professional Advisors Council (PAC) of The Foundation of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and Federation’s Attorneys’ Division will present a morning session especially for legal and financial professionals, titled “Helping Clients Prepare Advance Directives: Jewish and Ethical Considerations.” The program will take place from 8 to 10 a.m. in the Board Room at Federation’s Stanley C. Myers Building, 4200 Biscayne Boulevard. The cost to attend is $10 (not tax-deductible as a charitable contribution) and includes kosher breakfast. Two hours of CLE Ethics credit has been applied for. Joseph Barry Schimmel, Esq., is Chair of PAC and Robert Zarco, Esq., is Chair of the Attorneys’ Division. For reservations or more information, click here or contact James Cohen, Director of PAC and the Attorneys’ Division, at or 786.866.8426.

From 4 to 6 p.m., Rabbi Dorff will return to the Federation Board Room to speak at a program geared for lay people and presented by The Foundation. This special learning opportunity, called “The Patient’s Right to Decide: Jewish Perspectives on Advance Medical Directives,” is being offered at no cost. Light kosher refreshments will be served. Reservations are requested and may be made by clicking here or by contacting Sarah Miranda at or 786.866.8625. John M. Bussel is Chair of The Foundation.

“Jewish Perspectives on Advance Care Directives” is being presented by Mount Sinai Medical Center and Federation from 6 to 8 p.m. at the hospital’s Founders Conference Room (Warner Pavilion, first floor), 4300 Alton Road, Miami Beach. The program is the culmination of a four-part series for physicians, rabbis, medical professionals and community leadership, addressing the challenges of end-of-life care. To make a reservation or obtain information, call Norma Salvatierra at 305.674.2405.

There will be no solicitation of funds by the Greater Miami Jewish Federation at any of these programs.

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