Rabbi Julie Pelc, Assistant Director, and Rabbi Bill Cutter, Founding Director of the Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health attended the National Conference of the Academic Coalition for Jewish Bioethics in Atlanta last month. A highlight was to listen to the words and wisdom of Dr. Baruch Brody, of Baylor in Houston (Brody is a scholar on the ways in which the traditional poskim render a wide range of response based on the same texts; he is also an Orthodox Jew). Brody's intellectual work focuses on the indeterminacy of rabbinic ethics based on this notion that a wide range of possible responses are issued from the same sources
The ACJB is a joint project on Jewish Bioethics and is a joint venture of ethics centers and related programs at HUC-JIR, American Jewish University, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Shalom Hartman Institute, The Jewish Theological Seminary, and University of Pennsylvania - Center for Bioethics.
The Academic Coalition for Jewish Bioethics seeks to engage the Jewish community in considering biomedical decisions. While recognizing that any coherent Jewish bioethics rests on the legacy of our inherited norms, values, and experience, the Coalition advocates the development of a variety of methodologies that bring clarity and authenticity to difficult life choices. The ACJB strives to broaden and deepen biomedical conversation in Jewish life and to create models of cooperation across the spectrum of Jewish practice.