The Center for Culturally Sensitive End of Life Advocacy and Counseling was established by Agudath Israel of America to help our communities make health care decisions according to halacha. With a team of halachic authorities...
Agudath Israel of America is a communal organization in the United States loosely affiliated with the international World Agudath Israel.
A person’s body belongs to Hashem, a person does not have the right either to end his own life or to enlist the aid of others in the act, and anybody who does aid in this plan commits murder.
Jewish religious law, including biblical law and later talmudic and rabbinic law, as well as customs and traditions.
Halachic Medical Directive, Jewish Health Care Proxy, Jewish Medical Directive, Jewish Advance Directive
Advance directives are designed to outline a person's wishes and preferences in regard to medical treatments and interventions. When a patient is incapable of making his/her own medical decisions, a health-care proxy can act on the patient's be...
MJHS Hospice offers a unique way of caring for Jewish patients by addressing individual, spiritual and religious beliefs in accordance with Jewish law (Halacha). The residence observes all kosher dietary laws. A rabbi is available on request to...
Chayim Aruchim is a project established by Agudath Israel of America (aka the Agudah) by the leadership of Agudath Israel having received many calls for help which involved Jewish End of Life issues and questions about Jewish End of Life Values. In response, the leadership of Agudath Israel recognized the seriousness of this issue and how many difficult challenges there is involved in this i.e.v Halacha End of Life questions and Jewish End of Life Values that have to be seriously addressed and therefore it requires a complete devoted team of professionals. And Chayim Aruchim was established.
In order to guarantee that the patient receives all the treatment that Ěs required according to Halacha, Chayim Aruchim is leading the call to get every Jewish person to sign the "Halachic Medical Directive" it's a document in which the person basically states who should serve as their Jewish Health Care Proxy and by now Chayim Aruchim is the most sought after authority when a Jew wants to sign a Jewish Medical Directive or a Jewish Advance Directive that should comply with "Halacha" and Jewish values.
In its effort to find solutions, Chayim Aruchim established a relationship with MJHS and particular with Metropolitan Jewish Health System-MJHS Hospice and MJHS Palliative care to guarantee that their Jewish Hospice and their Jewish Palliative Care is really "Jewish" according to Halacha and that it complies with "Jewish law".
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