“Puah Family” is not a household name in most Jewish homes. However, for Sarah and Yoel P., Puah is a miracle-working organization.

“While this may sound exaggerated,” adds Sarah, “after 12 years of infertility challenges, Puah has transformed our tears of desperation into happiness and tears of joy. Every time we look at our beautiful daughter we know we couldn’t have done it without our Puah family.”

This story, and thousands like it, will serve as the background for the upcoming Third Annual Puah Family conference on “Building a Healthy Jewish Family: Fertility, Medicine, and Halacha” on Sunday, November 16, at the Fifth Avenue Synagogue in Manhattan.

For the past 25 years, Puah has become renowned for its expertise as the leader in the world of Jewish fertility. Servicing Jewish families worldwide, Puah provides counseling, advocacy, halacha and medical expertise, fertilization supervision, research, and community education regarding family-building.

Cosponsored by Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future, the Puah conference will feature presentations by prominent medical experts and leading rabbis recognized for their ongoing contributions to both fertility and halacha.

Beyond lectures and roundtable discussions on the interface of cutting-edge medicine, Jewish law, and ethics regarding a wide array of topics including genetic testing, fertility preservation, single-embryo transfer, and more, participants will also hear presentations on building a thriving marriage and the emotional impact of the fertility journey.

Couples and individuals, married and single, as well as rabbis and medical professionals who attended Puah’s previous conferences, expressed gratitude for the high caliber of the sessions which they chose to attend. “This was one of the most meaningful experiences both of us have had since our marriage. It was an opportunity to discover our potential as individuals and as a couple,” wrote David Guthammer.

Rabbi Dr. Edward Reichman, associate professor at Einstein College of Medicine, prominent authority in the field of Jewish medical ethics, and member of the advisory board of the Institute for Genetics and Public Policy, is to deliver the opening address. He is to be joined by world-renowned physicians affiliated with Mt. Sinai Hospital, Cornell Medical Center, and Montefiore Medical Center specializing in male and female fertility, women’s health, and clinical therapy.

Also featured will be Rabbi Gideon Weitzman and Rabbi Eli Lewis, two of Puah Family’s rabbinic experts in fertility guidance and counseling. Rabbi Weitzman recently returned from Hawaii, where he delivered a research paper at the 2014 conference of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

The Puah Family conference is made possible through the generosity of Ferring Pharmaceuticals, the cooperation of the Jewish Press, and the hosting of the Fifth Avenue Synagogue.

The conference program will be held 9:15 a.m.—2:00 p.m. For more information on free registration, call 718-336-0603 or visit puahfamily@gmail.com. Registration is requested; refreshments and lunch will be included.


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