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Hatzolah Williamsburg and Chayim Aruchim Collaborate to Save Lives According to Halacha
(L to R) Rabbi Gedaliah Weinberger, Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel and Harav Meshulam Polacheck

Hatzolah Williamsburg and Chayim Aruchim Collaborate to Save Lives According to Halacha

First Responders Join Last Line of Defense

Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY - Close to 100 devoted Williamsburg Hatzolah volunteers attended a presentation last Thursday, February 27th. It was a groundbreaking initiative to expand Hatzolah volunteers' role in the struggle to keep patients alive after their arrival at the hospital even when medical professionals may be urging their families to "pull the plug" and take them off life-saving equipment as happens all too often in hospitals today. The evening was a collaboration between Hatzolah and Chayim Aruchim. Chayim Aruchim is a project of Agudath Israel of America that promotes awareness of the Halachic issues involved in end-of-life care. READ MORE...

New End of Life Protocols Adopted at North Shore LIJ

New End of Life Protocols Adopted at North Shore LIJ

Chayim Aruchim Meets with Lenox Hill Hospital

Rabbi Shmuel Lefkowitz, Rabbi Gedaliah Weinberger, Rivie Schwebel, Dr. Howard Lebowitz, Rabbi Wajsfeld and Mordechai Biser attended an important meeting at Lenox Hill Hospital of New York to discuss end of life health care issues. It was the culmination of a series of meetings, conference calls and e-mails with the top medical staff at the North Shore-Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Health System, which comprises some 16 major hospitals in New York State. The hospital system has agreed to revise their brain death protocols as a result of our discussions. READ MORE...

Agudath Israelís Chayim Aruchim Appoints Moshe Borowski as Director of Outreach and Education

Chayim Aruchim, a ground-breaking program of Agudath Israel of America designed to promote awareness of halachic issues involved in end-of-life care, is pleased to announce the appointment of Moshe Borowski, LMSW, ACSW, as Director of Outreach and Education. READ MORE...

Twin Brothers Put to Death

The slippery slope of euthanasia. A shocking case.

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Resuscitation: Bringing Patients Back to Life

Although the doctor gives up hope and advises the family to allow the patient to die, studies show that with imminent expert care, it is possible to revive a person's life.

 Article from http://m.bbc.co. READ MORE...

Important Chayim Aruchim Meeting with the Jewish Hospital Patient Liasion Group (JHPLG)
Chayim Aruchim Meets with Jewish Hospital Patient Liasion Group at Seville Manor in Boro Park on July 10, 2013.

Important Chayim Aruchim Meeting with the Jewish Hospital Patient Liasion Group (JHPLG)

Chayim Aruchim Meets with Patient Reps

Important Chayim Aruchim meeting with the Jewish Hospital Patient Liasion Group (JHPLG). READ MORE...

Welcoming Rabbi Leonard (Yehuda) Blank, MS, BCC to MJHS
Rabbi Leonard (Yehuda) Blank

Welcoming Rabbi Leonard (Yehuda) Blank, MS, BCC to MJHS

Rabbi Leonard (Yehuda) Blank,MS,BCC, well known as a Rabbi and Board Certified Chaplain, has joined MJHS (Metropolitan Jewish Health System) Hospice and Palliative Care as a Rabbinic Liaison. Rabbi Blank's role will include Pastoral Care, Jewish Community Outreach, and as liaison to Orthodox families requiring end-of-life care options L'Halacha. MJHS provides both Hospice and Palliative Care and functions as a provider of care that is endorsed by Chayim Aruchim, an initiative of Agudath Israel of America. Rabbi Blank can be reached at lblank@mjhs.org or at 347-677-4828. READ MORE...

Danish Teen Wakes From the "Dead" Just as Doctors Prepare to Harvest Her Organs

A teenage girl who had been stuck in a coma after a catastrophic car crash miraculously woke up just as doctors were about to declare her brain dead and harvest her organs.

A teenage girl who had been stuck in a coma after a catastrophic car crash miraculously woke up just as doctors were about to declare her brain dead and harvest her organs. READ MORE...

Vegetative patient Scott Routley says 'I'm not in pain'

A Canadian man who was believed to have been in a vegetative state for more than a decade, has been able to tell scientists that he is not in any pain.

It's the first time an uncommunicative, severely brain-injured patient has been able to give answers clinically relevant to their care. READ MORE...

Agudath Israel Hails New NYS Health Care Law to Protect Patients
Members of Chayim Aruchim advocating for changes to the Palliative Care Act in Albany in April.

L to R: Assembly Member Steven Cymbrowitz, Rabbi Shmuel Lefkowitz, Agudath Israel's Vice President for Community Affairs, Rabbi Gedaliah Weinberger, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Rabbi Mordechai Biser, Esq., General Counsel, Dr. Yashar Hirshaut, noted New York oncologist, Assemblyman Richard Gotfried, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, and Abe Eisner, an officer of Agudath Israel.

Agudath Israel Hails New NYS Health Care Law to Protect Patients

Bill signed into law, Patients entitled to be offered treatment according to Halacha

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Palliative Care Act into Law.  Agudath Israel of America, which advocated strongly for its passage, hailed this vital amendment to the state's Public Health Law, which ensures that patients in the end stages of life will be informed of all their options, including their right to ongoing medical treatments as well as palliative care. READ MORE...