24 Hour Hotline: 718-ARUCHIM (278-2446)
About Chayim Aruchim
The Center for Culturally Sensitive Health Advocacy and Counseling was established by Agudath Israel of America to help our community make health care decisions according to halacha. With a team of halachic authorities, legal experts, medical, patient and pastoral care professionals and high-level government policy advocates, Chayim Aruchim endeavors to serve as a vital resource in championing, promoting and ensuring the implementation of preferences of Torah observant patients' care decisions in compliance with halacha.
This project is partially supported by MJHS.
For more information contact us at:
Halachic Advisor: Rabbi Zvi Ausch, Yoishev Rosh Bais Hoiruha D'Karlsburg
Legal Advisor: Mordechai Biser Esq. General Counsel Agudath Israel of America
Patient and Family Representative: Rabbi Aron Wajsfeld
New York State Project Director: Rabbi Berish Fried
Care Navigator: Pinny Most
Discharge Consultant: Leah Horowitz
MACHON CHAYIM ARUCHIM:
Commitee (in formation) :
Rabbi Yaakov Weiner, Rosh Kollel, Jerusalem Center of Research
Rabbi Gedaliah Weinberger, Chairman of the Board, Agudath Israel of America
David Adest ♦ Mordechai Avigdor, Esq. ♦ Dr. Marcel Biberfeld ♦ Jacob Friedman ♦ Dr. Yashar Hirshaut ♦ Mark J. Kurzmann, Esq. ♦ Dr. Seymor Lachman ♦ Rabbi Shmuel Lefkowitz ♦ Yeruchem Silber ♦ Rivie Schwebel ♦ Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel
MEDICAL ADVISORY BOARD
Martin A. Grossman, MD Hospice Medical Director, Menorah Inpatient Unit, MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care
Neil A. Halpern, MD FCCM, FCCP, FACP Chief Critical Care Medicine, Medical Director of Respiratory Therapy Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Yashar Hirshaut, MD Mt Sinai Medical Center and Lenox Hill Medical Center
Yitzchak Kupfer, MD Assistant Director, Critical Care and Pulmonary Medicine, Maimonides Medical Center
Howard Lebowitz, MD Chief Medical Officer, Acute Care Health System's (ACHS)
Bernard Lee, MD Chief Medical Officer of MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care,
Danny A Sherwinter, MD Director Minimally Invasive Abdominal & Bariatric Surgery Maimonides Medical Center
Chayim Aruchim gratefully acknowledges the generosity of the
Harry H. Beren Foundation of New Jersey
Leilu Nishmas Reb Tzvi Chaikel ben Reb Aharon Zev z"l.
Chayim Aruchim is an organization dedicated to providing religious and ethical guidance to families who have a family member that is seriously ill. We are not lawyers or physicians and do not and cannot provide medical or legal advice. We can and do try to help families in handling such situations and do provide halachic guidance for these matters.
Chayim Aruchim is a project established by Agudath Israel of America in response to many calls for help that were received regarding Jewish end of life issues and questions about Jewish end of life values. The leadership of the Agudah recognized the gravity of this issue and the many difficult challenges involved, including complex halachic questions that could only be addressed by a team of devoted professionals, and created Chayim Aruchim to deal with this pressing need.
Chayim Aruchim is leading the call to get Jews nationwide to sign a Halachic Medical Directive, a document naming a Jewish health care proxy to represent them should they become incapacitated, in order to guarantee the treatment required according to halacha. Chayim Aruchim has become the most sought after authority for Jews who wish to sign a Jewish medical directive or Jewish advance directive that complies with halacha and Jewish values.
In its efforts to find medical solutions for Jewish patients, Chayim Aruchim has established a relationship with Metropolitan Jewish Health System’s MJHS Hospice and MJHS Palliative Care to help religiously observant patients receive a Jewish hospice experience and Jewish palliative care that is in compliance with Jewish law.
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