Expert in Jewish medical ethics to speak at Jewish Federation, Young Israel

Dr. Daniel Eisenberg will visit St. Louis for a series of discussions about Jewish medical ethics, including a talk Feb. 20 at Jewish Federation’s Kaplan Feldman Complex as well as a scholar-in-residence weekend Feb. 21 and 22 at Young Israel.

Eisenberg is an assistant professor of diagnostic imaging at Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine and a practicing radiologist in the department of radiology at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, where he was a former member of the hospital ethics committee and currently sits on the IRB. Eisenberg is an expert in the traditional Jewish approach to medical ethics issues. He is a noted lecturer in the area of Jewish medical ethics internationally, presenting to professional and lay audiences at conferences, schools, colleges and synagogues.

On Thursday, Feb. 20, the Center for Jewish Learning and the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics welcome Eisenberg for the Boniuk-Tanzman Memorial Lecture on Jewish Medical Ethics at 7:30 p.m. at the Kaplan Feldman Complex, 12 Millstone Campus Drive. His talk is on “Designer Babies and Choosing Disabilities: Ethical Considerations of Deliberately Creating a Disabled Child by IVF.” 

The talk is part of the Shma: Listen! Speaker Series. For more information, contact Kathy Schmeltz at KSchmeltz@JFedSTL.org or 314-442-3761 or visit www.jfedstl.org/choosing-disabilities.

On Feb. 21 and 22, Young Israel hosts Eisenberg as scholar-in-residence. The schedule of events includes:

Friday, Feb. 21

• 5:30 p.m. Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat

• 8:30 p.m. Oneg - Who Lives? Who Dies? Who Decides? At a private home (contact Young Israel for address). 

Saturday, Feb. 22

• 9 a.m. Shacharit

• 11:00 a.m. Drasha/ Shiur after Davening (Kiddush to follow) -discussion of “Self Endangerment to Save Others?”

• 4 p.m. Pre-Mincha Shiur on “When My Job And The Torah Conflict! Dealing With Everyday Demands Of Functioning In A Secular Society.”

• 5:15 p.m. Mincha

• 6 p.m.  Maariv.

Young Israel is located at 8101 Delmar Blvd.

The scholar-in-residence weekend is part of Young Israel’s Sinai Scholars series. The weekend is dedicated by Amy and Joshua Brickel, Wendy and Avi Spiegelman, and Rena and Jonathan Boniuk in memory of their parents, Isabel and Dr. Isaac Boniuk, and grandparents, Celia and Dr. Joseph Tanzman and Rachel and Hyman Boniuk.