Quality of Life in Jewish Bioethics
Edited by Noam J. Zohar

This anthology of original essays by leading thinkers in the field gathers together in one place voices from diverse theological and practical commitments. Unlike other publications on Jewish bioethics, it adopts an explicitly pluralistic stance. The book addresses tension between the "quality of life" and the "sanctity of life" issues, and will be of interest to lay readers, undergraduate students of bioethics, and rabbis.
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A Guide to Jewish Practice: Bioethics
By David A. Teutsch

This book thoughtfully addresses a number of hot-button issues. Is euthanasia ever permissible? How should we make decisions on behalf of an incapacitated patient? When is abortion a valid ethical choice? And ultimately, is it only the individual patient who is responsible for maintaining health, or should society assume some of the burden?
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Behoref Hayamim: In the Winter of Life: A Values-Based Jewish Guide for Decision-Making at the End of Life
Edited by David Teutsch

An anthology of articles addressing the common medical questions that families face at the end of life, and offering insights into what the spirit needs at such times.
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Matters of Life and Death: A Jewish Approach to Modern Medical Ethics
By Elliot Dorff

In this book, Dorff, a Conservative Jew who has participated in the Ethics Committee of the UCLA Medical Center, argues that "moral values [are] an integral part of the Jewish legal process by which contemporary decisions should be made. Though this and other of Dorff's positions are likely to be controversial within and without Judaism, his book is a thorough introduction to Jewish medical ethics.
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Jewish Medical Directives - The Living Will
The Committee on Jewish Law and Standards
The Rabbinical Assembly

These directives are to be used to guide medical treatment and gain a sense of Jewish teachings concerning medical decisions, and give you the opportunity to think about some of the choices people must make about their health care.
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Life & Death Responsibilities in Jewish Biomedical Ethics
Aaron L. Mackler, Editor

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A Time To Prepare: A Practical Guide for Individuals and Families in Determining One's Wishes for Extraordinary Medical Treatment and Financial Arrangements
Edited by Rabbi Richard F. Address, DMin, URJ Press, 1994

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The Academic Coalition for Jewish Bioethics

The Academic Coalition for Jewish Bioethics seeks to engage the Jewish community in considering biomedical decisions. While recognizing that any coherent Jewish bioethics rests on the legacy of our inherited norms, values, and experience, the Coalition advocates the development of a variety of methodologies that bring clarity and authenticityto difficult life choices. The ACJB strives to broaden and deepen biomedical conversation in Jewish life and to create models of cooperation
across the spectrum of Jewish practice.

University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics

The Center's mission is to advance scholarly and public understanding of ethical, legal, social and public policy issues in health care. Center faculty carry appointments in departments of the University of Pennsylvania, including philosophy, medicine, nursing, law, social science, public policy, the Wharton School, communications, andthe allied health professions. Faculty teach courses and seminars in the Medical School, and teach bioethics in other professional schools at Penn and in various graduate departments of the University.

The Hastings Center

The Hastings Center is an independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit bioethics research institute founded in 1969 to explore fundamental and emerging questions in health care, biotechnology, and the environment.

Partial Guide to Jewish Bioethics Concerns
Rabbi William Cutter
March 2008

Ten Thoughts on Jewish Bioethics and Public Policy
Rabbi Peter S. Knobel
Rabbi Peter Knobel is a Kalsman Partner and has been the senior rabbi of Temple Beth Emet, the Free Synagogue, in Evanston, Illinois since 1980. He shared Ten Thoughts on Jewish Bioethics and Public Policy in an address delivered at the first Kalsman Institute Partner Gathering at the Brandeis-Bardin Institute in March 2001.

NAJC Bioethics Report
June 2003
This report was compiled by members of each denominations bioethics committees. The report includes a survey, resources, including a bibliography and syllabi for Bioethics issues in Judaism.
Jewish Thinking About End Of Life Issues
William Cutter
A presentation delivered at Loma Linda University describing the ways in which the Jewish tradition can be utilized in the complex "end of life" environment. PDF
Lasting Wishes
Marshall S. Zola
There is no simple solution to the complex problem of determining future medical decisions. Zola discusses the California Health Care Decisions Law passed in July 2000 and the challenge that it requires to balance the interests of many different parties.
Bioethics Study Guide
URJ Committee on Bioethics
Bioethics study guides on key issues in Reform Judaism and emerging medical technology are available from the Union for Reform Judaism's Department of Jewish Family Concerns. They are designed to be used in both formal and informal educational settings. Topics include:
  • End of Life matters
  • Medical Directives
  • Genetic Science
  • Organ Donation
  • Cloning

Infertility and Assisted ReproductionComplete Sets or Individual Guides are
available at: http://urj.org/jfc/bioethics/studyguides/ or by calling (212) 650-4294.

A Time To Be Born
Program Guide I, Fall 1988
URJ Committee on Bioethics
Autonomy: My Right to Live or Die
Case Study II, April 1989
URJ Committee on Bioethics
Termination of Treatment
Case Study III, April 1990
URJ Committee on Bioethics
The Living Will: Medical Directives
Case Study IV, Winter 1991
URJ Committee on Bioethics
Genetic Screening and the Human Genome Project
Program Guide V, Spring 1992
URJ Committee on Bioethics
Voluntary Active Euthanasia: Assisted Suicide
Case Study VI, Summer 1993
URJ Committee on Bioethics
Allocation of Scarce Medical Resources
Program Guide VII, Autumn 1994
URJ Committee on Bioethics
The Role of Pain and Suffering in Decision Making
Program Guide VIII, Winter 1996
URJ Committee on Bioethics
Organ Donation and Transplantation
Program Guide IX, Spring 1997
URJ Committee on Bioethics
Program Guide X, Summer 1998
URJ Committee on Bioethics
Infertility and Assisted Reproduction
Study Guide XI, Autumn 1999
URJ Committee on Bioethics
Genetic Testing
Study Guide XII, 2001
URJ Committee on Bioethics
Spiritual Challenges of Living with Chronic Illness
Study Guide XIII, Winter 2004-2005
URJ, Department of Family Concerns, Committee on Bioethics
Jewish Approaches to Stem Cell Research
Study Guide XIV, Fall 2006
URJ, Department of Family Concerns, Committee on Bioethics