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 * 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
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 (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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