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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. 

For more information contact us at:
4006 18th Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11218
718-ARUCHIM (718-278-2446)

Halachic Advisor: Rabbi Zvi Ausch, Yoishev Rosh Bais Hoiruha D'Karlsburg

Legal Advisor: Mordechai Biser Esq. General Counsel 

New York State Project Director: Rabbi Berish Fried

Discharge Consultant: Mrs. Leah Horowitz

Halachic Advisor: Horav Zvi Ausch, Yoishev Rosh Bais Hoiruha D'Karlsburg
Coordinator: Rabbi Ben Zion Leser

Rabbi Zische Ausch
Rabbi Eliezer Gewirtzman
Rabbi Menachem Horowitz

Rabbi Naftali Katz
Rabbi Ahron Wajsfeld

Rabbi Raymond Beyda
Rabbi Raymond Haber
Dr. Albert Matalon

Executive Committee 

Rabbi Gedaliah Weinberger, Chairman of the Board, Chayim Aruchim

Rivie Schwebel, Vice Chairman of the Board, Chayim Aruchim

Rabbi Shmuel Lefkowitz, President, Chayim Aruchim


COMMITTEE (in formation) :

Rabbi Yaakov Weiner, Rosh Kollel, Jerusalem Center of Research

Mordechai Avigdor, Esq. ♦ Dr. Marcel Biberfeld ♦ Jacob Friedman ♦ Mark J. Kurzmann, Esq. ♦ Dr. Seymor Lachman ♦ Dr. Barbara Olevitch ♦ Avi Schron ♦ Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel 


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

Dr. Mark Sonneshein, MD 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.