A major impediment for observant Jewish families to seekingÂ halachically appropriate, excellent end-of-life medical care is a lackÂ of knowledge of the intricate laws that govern such care. RecognizingÂ this Yeshiva University, under the auspices of RIETS, has formed anÂ alliance with Calvary Hospital to provide rabbinic consultation for families and community rabbis that includes the following:
- YU/RIETS has assembled a panel of rabbinical experts well versed inÂ the halachot of end-of-life issues who serve as pre-hospice advisers andÂ are available for ongoing end-of-life shealot.
- The advisers answer questions on a rotating basis from patients’Â families and community rabbis as to the permissibility of entering aÂ patient into hospice care and with what provisos.
- Another panel of physicians is available to advise rabbis on the clinical issues related to the terminally ill.
While this advice is independent of any specific hospice facility, weÂ have particularly aligned with Calvary Hospital to answer a major needÂ of the Jewish community. In existence for more than 113 years, CalvaryÂ is the nation’s only fully accredited acute care specialty hospitalÂ devoted exclusively to providing palliative care to adult advancedÂ cancer patients.Â The panel is, however, prepared to provide halachicÂ advice as it relates to any facility.
Calvary will take responsibility to provide its usual outstandingÂ care for patients and also provide on-site Orthodox rabbinic pastoralÂ care, kosher food for patients and nearby prayer services and ShabbatÂ hospitality for families at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Synagogue. The hospital is located across from Yeshiva University’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Einstein-Weiler Hospital of Montefiore Medical Center.
If you or your family would like to contact one of our rabbinicÂ experts, please complete the request form on the right. To learn moreÂ about Calvary, please go to www.calvaryhospital.org.