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HUC-JIR Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health sponsors conferences on bioethics and Jewish healing professionals

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Monday, December 1, 2003

The HUC-JIR Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health Announces Their Partnership with The Academic Coalition For Jewish Bioethics with an Inaugural Conference in Philadelphia - February 29 - March 1

The HUC-JIR Kalsman Institute jointly sponsors the "Models of Cooperation" Conference for leaders in the Jewish healing field - December 14-16

Los Angeles - The HUC-JIR Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health has formed the Academic Coalition for Jewish Bioethics with other liberal seminaries and the University of Pennsylvania for the purpose of fostering a new discourse in bioethics. The coalition, which has been meeting for nearly a year, will be inaugurating the partnership with a major conference in Philadelphia on Sunday, February 29th through Monday, March 1st, 2004. The theme of the conference will be "Can Quality of Life Be a Factor in Jewish Bioethics Discourse?"

Dr. Jerome Groopman, who holds the Dina and Raphael Recanati Chair of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School and is Chief of Experimental Medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center will deliver the keynote address at the conference. Dr. David Ellenson, President of HUC-JIR, and David Golinken, head of Neve Schechter in Jerusalem, along with a number of luminaries will address the moral and ethical issues surrounding Jewish Bioethics.

For further information regarding this conference please contact Lisa Kodmur, Assistant Director of the Kalsman Institute at (213) 749-3424 x 4249 or

"Models of Cooperation: Reflections on the Jewish Healing Movement," is a conference jointly sponsored by the HUC-JIR Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health, the Bay Area Healing Center, and the UCSF School of Medicine. It will be held from December 14th through December 16th, 2003, in Burlingame, CA. The conference will gather a multidisciplinary group of leaders in the Jewish healing field to look creatively at the common history and to suggest ways of collaborating that can move the work forward. The conference will also celebrate the Bat Mitzvah (13 years) of the Jewish healing movement and honor is principal founders Rabbis Rachel Cowan, Amy Eilberg, and Nancy Flam, as well as Ellen Hermanson (of blessed memory).

For further information regarding this conference please contact Sarah Fenner, conference coordinator, at or (415)750-4198

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, museums, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding.