The Bio-Ethics Study Guides are self-contained program guides
featuring thought pieces, Jewish and secular resources, and program
ideas on key issues that have to do with Reform Judaism and emerging
medical technology. They are designed to be used in both formal and
informal educational settings.
A Time to Be Born: Examines issues of choices dealing with beginning-of-life matters.
Autonomy-My Right to Live or Die: Explores issues relating to the ethics of limits on personal autonomy and decision-making.
Termination of Treatments: Considers how Jewish tradition has approached issues of removing life support.
Living Will/Medical Directives: Introduces the subject of
how Judaism accepts the development of advance medical directives. (Can
be used with the Department's book A Time to Prepare.)
Genetic Screening/Human Genome: Investigates the beginnings of the genetics revolution from a traditional Jewish perspective.
Voluntary Active Euthanasia-Assisted Suicide: Looks at how
we as a Jewish community can begin to come to grips with this ethical
dilemma. (Can be used with the Department's "Questions and Answers of
Jewish Tradition on the Issue of Assisted Death " found on bioethics
The Role of Pain and Suffering in Decision-Making:
Introduces a detailed look at how these subjects have been viewed
within the Jewish tradition and how they impact the ethics of
Organ Donation and Transplantation: Discusses in detail the modern Jewish view of the mitzvah
of organ donation. Includes interfaith perspectives, rituals, etc. The
Union's organ donation brochure is also available for order on the
Cloning: Introduces an examination of updated issues
regarding the genetics revolution, the human genome project, and the
issue of human cloning.
Infertility and Assisted Reproduction: Analyzes how Jewish
tradition is dealing with this emerging issue. This offers a new look
at the commandment "Be fruitful and multiply."
Genetic Testing: Studies the issue of the benefits of the
genetics revolution and its impact upon issues of privacy, truth
telling, and the ethics of testing.
The Spiritual Challenges of Living with Chronic Illness: A
guide to providing emotional and spiritual support to those who are
suffering from chronic illness. The guide includes programmatic ideas
for prevention awareness and support of those who are living with
chronic illness, a sample healing service, text study, resources, and a
number of deeply personal and moving stories.
Jewish Approaches to Stem Cell Research:
A guide created to initiate examination of stem cell research as well
as to educate congregants about Stem Cell research from a Jewish
perspective. The guide includes responsa, resolutions and statements
from the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), The Rabbinic
Council of America, the Union for Reform Judaism and respected medical
and rabbinic professionals. It also includes thought pieces and current
overviews from scientific and bioethical journals. For additional
information please refer to Developments in Stem Cell Research.