Jewish Bioethics and the Role of Jewish Clergy

This class will prepare talmidim to undertake the main roles and responsibilities of a Jewish clergy person in a wide-range of settings where Jewish bioethical questions arise. The history and fundamental principles, decision-making and counseling processes involved will be taught, often through application to realistic case situations brought by students and instructors. Primary Jewish sources will be studied, as well as contemporary responses from across the full spectrum of Judaism. Learning modalities will include reading in assigned books, articles and teshuvot, podcasts, weekly hevruta, and role playing. Topics will include issues relating to the beginnings and endings of life, abortion and contraception, organ donation/transplantation, stem cell research, gender and sexuality, addiction and mental health issues, and more. 

Department: 
Track: 
Rabbinic
Rabbinic Pastor
Hashpa'ah
Course Type: 
RP: ALEPH Required
Elective