A major impediment for observant Jewish families to seeking  halachically appropriate, excellent end-of-life medical care is a lack  of knowledge of the intricate laws that govern such care. Recognizing  this Yeshiva University, under the auspices of RIETS, has formed an  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 in  the halachot of end-of-life issues who serve as pre-hospice advisers and  are available for ongoing end-of-life shealot.
  • The advisers answer questions on a rotating basis from patients’  families and community rabbis as to the permissibility of entering a  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, we  have particularly aligned with Calvary Hospital to answer a major need  of the Jewish community. In existence for more than 113 years, Calvary  is the nation’s only fully accredited acute care specialty hospital  devoted exclusively to providing palliative care to adult advanced  cancer patients.  The panel is, however, prepared to provide halachic  advice as it relates to any facility.

Calvary will take responsibility to provide its usual outstanding  care for patients and also provide on-site Orthodox rabbinic pastoral  care, kosher food for patients and nearby prayer services and Shabbat  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 rabbinic  experts, please complete the request form on the right. To learn more  about Calvary, please go to www.calvaryhospital.org.



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