Sep 7, 2007 — Young couples facing the challenge of infertility have many more options today due to extraordinary advances in medical research. However, Orthodox families must reconcile not only the medical and ethical issues inherent in addressing fertility problems, but also the parameters of Halakhah (Jewish law).
A groundbreaking conference, “Partners in Creation: Fertility, Modern Medicine, and Jewish Law,” co-sponsored by the Center for the Jewish Future (CJF) at Yeshiva University, will examine technological advances in treating fertility from both a medical and a halakhic (Jewish legal) perspective. The conference will be held on Sunday, October 14, 9:30 am-5:30 pm at Yeshiva University’s Wilf Campus in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan. The conference is organized by the Yeshiva University Student Medical Ethics Society (MES) and funded by the Fuld Family.
In addition to plenary sessions dealing with general aspects of infertility treatment, participants will be able to choose from a series of specialized tracks, each geared toward comprehensive analysis of the most pressing issues in the field. Topics include egg donation, artificial insemination, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, and halakhic infertility.
The keynote address will be delivered by the Chief Rabbi of Great Britain, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. Individual sessions will be guided by preeminent rabbis and physicians who are leading experts in the fields of reproductive medicine and Halakhah.
“Reproductive technology, one of the most rapidly advancing fields in modern medicine, continues to generate profound ethical quandaries as it explores new and uncharted frontiers,” said Dr. Edward Reichman, associate professor of clinical emergency medicine at YU’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine. “By bringing together some of the greatest minds in both reproductive medicine and Jewish law, this conference will illustrate how the Jewish tradition continues to address cutting-edge science in a practical and relevant way.”
The Student Medical Ethics Society is a student-run organization with the goal of promoting education and awareness of medical ethics at YU. Dedicated students work alongside committed professors and teachers to translate complicated topics into language that the lay person can understand. The society is especially focused on issues of medical ethics relating to Torah values. It was founded in 2005 by a small group of undergraduate students with the support of the CJF and now runs large-scale events with university-wide participation. This is the second annual conference it has hosted. The society also organizes genetic testing to help combat the high incidence of various genetic diseases in the Jewish community.
Preregistration is required. To register and for more information, please click here.