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The Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health at
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion 
A free webinar series on COVID-19 through
medical, political, public-health, and Jewish perspectives

Warren R. “Chip” Fagadau, M.D.
Joshua Holo, Ph.D.
Joel L. Kushner, Psy.D.

This webinar series is presented in partnership with
Temple Emanu-El Dallas and 
the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas.





More program sessions coming in June



Recordings of "Health, Community, and COVID-19" sessions will be available within one week of the webinar. 

Anxiety, Depression, Isolation: 
Psycho-Social Risks and Opportunities of Protective Sheltering

Presented by Betsy Stone, Ph.D.
Moderated by Warren R. "Chip" Fagadau, MD

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

This is a time of disruption, difficulty and trauma. What is the impact of social distancing on our mental health? What behaviors can we expect to see in ourselves, our children and our congregants? How can we facilitate a healthy re-entry? Join psychologist and HUC-JIR adjunct lecturer Dr. Betsy Stone to discuss how this trauma is impacting our bodies, our brains and our relationships.

About the Presenter:

Dr. Betsy StoneBetsy S. Stone, Ph.D., is a retired psychologist who currently teaches as an adjunct lecturer at HUC-JIR. Her classes include Human Development for Educators, The Spiritual Life-Cycle, Adolescent Development, and Teens In and Out of Crisis. She also teaches a parent-child class in her synagogue, Temple Sinai of Stamford, which is a monthly, text-based for 6th and 7th graders and their parents. Betsy also teaches webinars and seminars on topics ranging from a series of national webinars on “13 Reasons Why” to adolescent spirituality to Gen-Xers as parents and teen brains and stress. She is an engaging speaker whose passion for the lives of teens and their parents has brought her invitations to teach all over the United States. She has worked with the Jewish Education Project on multiple webinars and live teaching opportunities, including trips to Broadways shows, Character Strengths and Bullying. During the COVID-19 crisis, Betsy has led webinars for congregations, Rabbis, Hillels, Hebrew Union College and the Jewish Education Project.


Clinical Ethics:
Challenges During the COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) Pandemic

Presented by Robert L. Fine, MD, FACP, FAAHPM, 
and Rabbi Mark Washofsky, Ph.D.
Moderated by Joshua Holo, Ph.D.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Is it ethical to deny treatment to one patient to help another patient? Is it ethical to alter current CPR standards of care if doing so leads to worse outcomes? The novel corona virus (SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19), has led to new ways of managing respiratory failure and hopefully creative, better methods for developing and manufacturing vaccines. The pandemic has also created novel ethical challenges that must be faced at the bedside by physicians, nurses, other health care professionals, patients, and families. Those same ethical challenges must also be grappled with by the polis, the body politic.

To provide perspective on these ethical challenges, we began with a brief exploration of the pandemic in the United States. Doctor Fine and Rabbi Washofsky compared the Hippocratic and contemporary clinical ethics traditions with the Jewish legal tradition to suggest answers to the questions above. The program then opened for dialogue with attendees in hopes of broadening community understanding of the ethical challenges, maintaining hope for the future, and promoting the social solidarity necessary to turn back the pandemic, saving as many lives as possible. 

About the Presenters:

Dr. Robert L. FineDr. Robert L. Fine is a graduate of UT Austin and Southwestern Medical School with subsequent board certifications in internal medicine, geriatrics and palliative medicine. He is a Fellow of both the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and has been significantly involved in development of both clinical ethics and palliative medicine at the state and national levels. He currently serves as Director of Clinical Ethics and Palliative Care for Baylor Scott and White Health, as well as a Joint Clinical Professor of Humanities and Internal Medicine at Texas A & M College of Medicine, and as a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 

Rabbi Mark WashofskyRabbi Mark Washofsky, Ph.D., is the Solomon B. Freehof Professor of Jewish Law and Practice at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati. A member of the HUC-JIR faculty since 1985, he specializes in the literature of the Talmud and Jewish law. He received his rabbinical ordination (1980) and Ph.D. (1987) from HUC-JIR. He succeeded his teacher and mentor, Dr. Ben Zion Wacholder, z”l, as holder of the Freehof Chair on July 1, 2006. Dr. Washofsky chaired the Responsa Committee of the Central Conference of American Rabbis from 1996-2017. His publications include Jewish Living: A Guide to Contemporary Reform Practice, Revised edition (URJ Press, 2010), Reform Responsa for the Twenty-First Century (CCAR, 2010), and essays and articles on medieval halakhic literature, the application of legal theory to the study of Jewish law, Jewish bioethics, outreach and conversion, and other subjects.




About Jewish Wisdom & Wellness: 

Jewish Wisdom & Wellness is an ongoing Festival of Learning created by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s (HUC-JIR) Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health. Since its origin in 2013, and then 2015 and 2018, Jewish Wisdom & Wellness has offered hundreds of programs reaching 8000 people. While it will return to Los Angeles in 2021, we are very excited to offer a unique online version to respond to this challenging time in our world. The Festival of Learning is a trans-denominational, interdisciplinary community-wide program that examines Jewish traditions and their impact on our well-being, ultimately revealing new perspectives on life’s challenges. The Festival brings together healthcare professionals, clergy, educators and teachers from across the Jewish community to explore our traditions and share that wisdom with the entire Jewish community.

About the Kalsman Institute on Judaism & Health: 

The Kalsman Institute on Judaism & Health was founded by Rabbi William Cutter and is now led by Dr. Joel L. Kushner. It was endowed through the generosity of Mark, z"l, and Peachy Levy and their family in memory of Peachy’s parents, Red and Lee Kalsman. Working with Rabbi Cutter, the Levy family had the vision of creating a center at the intersection of Judaism and health with a focus on spiritual care and healing. Internally, the institute provides pastoral education and training to future Reform leaders on the Los Angeles HUC-JIR campus. In the connections between Judaism and health, the Kalsman Institute is a catalyst for interaction, learning and partnerships among spiritual leaders, healthcare providers, and Jewish community professionals and members on Jewish spirituality and healing, bioethics, illness and wellness. Jewish Wisdom and Wellness: A Festival of Learning has now become the latest of those projects. Learn more.