Fall Semester

The Traditional Jewish Family Confronts the Untraditional 21st Century
*Free and open to the public*
End-of-Life Ethical Dilemmas: An Evening with Dr. Jessica Zitter
Monday November 4, 2019
7-7:30 pm Film Screening: Extremis
The program will open with a viewing of Extremis, an Oscar-nominated 24-minute documentary film that follows Dr. Jessica Zitter and her team in the Highland Hospital ICU in Oakland, Calif. Witness the intense emotions that accompany end-of-life decisions, as doctors, patients and families face harrowing choices.
7:30-8:30 pm Keynote: Dr. Jessica Zitter
What types of moral distress do physicians face? What happens when family members disagree about a treatment plan? What about patient autonomy? What is the end-of-life conveyor belt? How does Judaism inform heart-wrenching end-of-life decision making? This powerful talk will offer insight into these and other important questions, and will be followed by a fireside chat with Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg.
This evening is a collaboration between Beth Tfiloh and Gilchrist Jewish Hospice.
Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter, MD, MPH, is a national advocate for transforming the way people die in America. She is Harvard and UCSF-trained to practice the unusual combination of Critical and Palliative Care medicine and works as an Attending Physician at a public hospital in Oakland, California. Dr. Zitter is the author of Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life. She lives in Oakland, California with her husband, three children, and two dogs.
Let Me Hear Thy Voice: Reflections of an Orthodox Journalist: Avital Chizhik -Goldschmidt
Wednesday November 13, 2019
7-8:30 pm
What is it like being an Orthodox Jewish woman in journalism, speaking truth to power? What is it like, reporting on your own community, commenting on societal ills -- knowing full well you may have to sit next to the subject of your criticism the next day in synagogue? Does reporting on wrongdoing in the religious community fall under 'lashon hara'? And what is the future of Orthodox women's leadership? Chizhik-Goldschmidt will share the story of her journey, the stories she has worked on over the years, and the challenges she has faced, navigating modernity and tradition, as both a journalist and as a traditional 'rebbetzin.' The lecture will be followed by a Q and A with Rabbi Chai Posner.

This program is presented in conjunction with The Baltimore Festival of Jewish Literature.
Avital Chizhik-Goldschmidt is an editor at the Forward. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Vox, Salon, and the New York Daily News. She teaches journalism at Yeshiva University's Stern College for Women, and does pastoral work alongside her husband Rabbi Benjamin Goldschmidt in Manhattan's Upper East Side. Her work focuses on Orthodoxy, faith, women's rights and politics.
The Opioid Crisis is also a Jewish Problem: Harry Nelson
Wednesday November 20, 2019
7-8:30 pm
The Opioid Crisis has forced national attention on the interwoven problems of overdose deaths, addiction, and chronic pain. While the coverage has primarily focused on “hot zones” in rural America, the profound underlying social challenges are also reverberating through the Jewish community. How should we understand and respond to the challenges? Do Jewish sources offer lessons or integrate with potential solutions? Drawing on his recent book, The United States of Opioids, Harry Nelson will offer ideas for addressing the issues in our own lives, as parents, educators, and community members. The presentation will be followed by a Q and A with Dr. Zipora Schorr.
Based in Los Angeles, Harry Nelson is a healthcare lawyer and the author of The United States of Opioids: A Prescription for Liberating a Nation in Pain (Forbes 2019) and From ObamaCare to TrumpCare: Why You Should Care (2017). Since 2017, he has served on the Wexner Foundation’s Heritage Alumni Council, and worked to call attention to addiction and related challenges in the Jewish community.
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