2013 | Prescribing for a Nation; Examining the Interplay of Jewish law and Israeli Health Care

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On Sunday, October 20th, at the 8th Annual Fuld Family conference, audiences will be enlightened on the process by which Israeli medical institutions engage with Jewish law to form policy. The conference will analyze several important ethical and Halakhic questions which emerge from practicing medicine in Israel.

Yeshiva University Student Medical Ethics Society’s Eighth Annual Conference
Prescribing for a Nation; Examining the Interplay between Israeli Health Care
& Jewish Law
Sunday, October 20th, 2013 10AM – 3PM

8:30 AM: Registration Opens

Furst Lobby

9:00 AM – Opening Remarks

Furst 501

9:30 AM – 10:20 AM – Key Note Address
Professor Yonatan Halevy M.D. -Director General Shaare Zedek Medical Center

Furst 501

– 10 MINUTE BREAK –
10:30 AM to 11:20 AM – National Religious Medical Concerns:

A Plenary Featuring:
Professor Yonatan Halevy M.D. -Director General, Shaare Zedek Medical Center
Rabbi Mordechai Willig Rosh Yeshiva, REITS
Rabbi Kenneth Brander Dean, CJF

– 20 MINUTE BREAK –
11:40 – 1 PM – Responding to Crisis; A Plenary on Triage and Aid in and by Israel Moderated by Michel Frogel M.D. featuring:

Michel Frogel M.D. President Elect, American Physicians and Friends for Medicine in Israel
Mitchell Schwaber M.D. Director, National Center for Infection Control Israel Ministry of Health
Yitzchock Shalita, Zaka
Rabbi Yosef Blau, Senior Mashgiach Ruchani, REITS

Lunch: 1 PM – 2 PM

Weissburg Commons

Breakouts: 2:00 PM – 2:50 PM

Belfur Hall

1. Special Ops & Giving Faith A Chance: Understanding the Secret Life of Zaka International &The Legal Ethics Behind Jewish End-of-Life Rescue
Rabbi Zvi Gluck, Director of Operations, Zaka
Mark Kurzmann Esq., Zaka

2. Running a Modern Hospital According to Halakah
Prof. Yonatan Halevy

3. Crossing Oceans; Israeli Medicine as an American Trained Physician
Mitchell J. Schwaber, MD, MSc
AND
Medical Training in Israel
Benjamin Courchia MD., alumnus Ben Gurion University

4. Solutions for the Future – Solving Infertility and Genetic Challenges in Israel
Rabbi Fuld

5. The APF: American Physicians; Strengthening Israeli Medical Infrastructure from Across an Ocean
Dr. Michael Frogel
AND
Haiti: The Extended Story
Dr. Mitchel Shwaber

6. High School Break Out Session

Session Descriptions

9:30-10:20 AM KEYNOTE ADDRESS

JEWISH VALUES IN THE ISRAELI HEALTHCARE SYSTEM

Furst Hall Room 501
Presenter: Professor Jonathan Halevy, M.D., Director-General, Shaare
Zedek Medical Center
Israel is unique in that it functions as a Jewish Democratic state. There is much public debate about whether or not these two seemingly incongruous concepts can co-exist. While the Israeli legal code is secular, there are cases where Jewish values and Jewish law prevails. In recent years, there have been several central laws enacted that play an important role in the day-to-day practice in Israeli hospitals and in the Israeli healthcare system that are based on Jewish values and Halakha. Prof. Halevy will discuss the unique nature of Israel as a Jewish Democratic state, with special emphasis on the application of Jewish values and Halakha in the Israeli healthcare system.

10:20-10:30 AM BREAK

10:30-11:20 AM PLENARY

NATIONAL RELIGIOUS MEDICAL CONCERNS

Furst Hall Room 501
Professor Jonathan Halevy, M.D., Director-General, Shaare Zedek Medical Center Rabbi Mordechai Willig, Rosh Yeshiva, RIETS
Israel boasts a very high concentration of the world’s Jewish population and, as such, it is a place that has many unique questions that arise in the realm of medicine. In this session, Rabbi Kenneth Brander and Rabbi Mordechai Willig will present some of the more Halakhically challenging issues that arise in a primarily Jewish country, such as beginning of life and fertility concerns as well as transplants. Professor Yonatan Halevy, M.D., Director-General of the Shaare Zedek Medical Center, will contribute an Israeli perspective on these topics. Featuring: Rabbi Kenneth Brander, Vice President for University and Community Life, Yeshiva University and David Mitzner Dean, YU’s Center for the Jewish Future

11:20-11:30 AM BREAK

11:30 AM-12:45 PM PLENARY

RESPONDING TO CRISIS; A PLENARY ON TRIAGE & AID IN AND BY ISRAEL

Furst Hall Room 501
Featuring: Rabbi Yosef Blau, Senior Mashgiach Ruchani, RIETS Mitchell J. Schwaber, M.D., M.Sc., Director, National Center for Infection Control, Israel Ministry of Health Yitzchak Shalita, ZAKA
Moderator: Michael Frogel, M.D., President-elect, American Physicians and Friends for Medicine in Israel
Recent events have unfortunately demonstrated that, as in the past, Israel remains a target for terrorism and continually needs to be on the cutting edge of disaster preparedness. Indeed, Israel has become the world leader in disaster and emergency preparedness with lessons learned that have saved lives throughout the world, including many victims of the Boston Marathon and the Haiti Earthquake. This plenary will detail the ethical issues encountered in these unthinkable scenarios, the heroic measures made possible by Israel, and the religious imperative of Jewish outreach. The plenary will be moderated by Dr. Michael Frogel, President-elect of the American Physicians and Friends for Medicine in Israel (APF) and Director of Medical Affairs for American Friends of Laniado Hospital, a recognized expert in disaster preparedness. The APF provides disaster preparedness courses in Israel for Americans and provides a registry of Emergency Medical Volunteers to Israel during crisis situations. The panelists include Dr. Mitchell Schwaber, who served on the IDF field hospital mission to Haiti following the 2010 earthquake, Mr. Yitzchak Shalita, who has aided ZAKA operations with his expertise in a number of rescue and recovery related fields, and Rabbi Yosef Blau, who has led many Yeshiva University Center for the Jewish Future student missions to developing countries.

1:00-1:50 PM LUNCH

Weissberg Commons, Belfer Hall

2:00-2:50 PM BREAKOUT SESSIONS

-1- Special Ops & Giving Faith A Chance, Understanding the Secret Life of ZAKA International and the Legal Ethics Behind Jewish End-of-Life Rescue

Belfer Hall 430
Rabbi Zvi Gluck, Chief Executive Officer, ZAKA
Mark J. Kurzmann, Esq., Principal, Kurzmann Law Offices, P.C.
Student Moderator: Liat Weinstock, Guest Services Coordinator, MES
ZAKA, the UN-recognized humanitarian organization born of the tragedies which have much too often rocked our homeland, has matured from the noble small group which retrieves and buries victims of tragedy according to Halakha into an internationally respected NGO. Join ZAKA’s Chief Executive Officer, Rabbi Zvi Gluck, as he details the ever-expanding international reach of ZAKA’s special capabilities. Learn about ZAKA’s involvement in disaster preparedness, special operations, rescues and its unique role and mission. Former Justice Department national security litigator Mark J. Kurzmann, Esq., YU’ 70, will speak about the Halakhic, legal and ethical workings behind some of ZAKA operations. Both Rabbi Gluck and Mr. Kurzmann have been awarded commendations by the State of Israel for their work in rescuing Jewish bodies and bringing them to proper Jewish burial.

-2- Building a Modern Hospital According to Halakha

Belfer Hall 218
Professor Jonathan Halevy, M.D., Director-General, Shaare Zedek Medical Center
Student Moderator: Estee Robin, Vice President, MES
Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem serves as living proof that ultra-modern medicine can go hand-in-hand with our ancient Jewish law just as long as the proper halakhic medical research is applied, Prof. Halevy, who has served as the Director-General of Shaare Zedek Medical Center for the last 25 years, will discuss and present examples of the implications of running one of the largest and most comprehensive hospitals in the world according to Halkha.

-3- Solutions for the Future: Solving Infertility and Genetic Challenges in Israel

Belfer Hall 203
Rabbi Dovid Fuld, Conference Sponsor
Student Moderator: Yitzy Mayefsky, Vice President, MES
The journey from infertility to parenthood is emotionally exhausting and medically challenging, and is often compounded by Halakhic obstacles. Some of the creative solutions that help couples from around the world experience the joys of parenthood are being pioneered at Shaare Zedek’s PGD lab. Rabbi Fuld, a founder and avid supporter of the PGD Lab, will speak about its forthcoming innovations, as well as the unique challenges facing the Israeli population in seeking to solve issues of fertility.

-4- Responding to Disaster Discussion Continued; A Two-part Breakout Session

Belfer Hall 207

The APF: American Physicians; Strengthening Israeli Medical Infrastructure from Across an Ocean

Michael Frogel, M.D., President-elect, American Physicians and Friends for Medicine in Israel
Student Moderator: Matt Lubin, Press Secretary, MES
In the context of a discussion of the current threats to Israel’s security, Dr. Michael Frogel will describe how physicians and healthcare providers can help strengthen the Israeli medical system from education and research endeavors through disaster preparedness. The session will provide an overview of the American Physicians and Friends for Medicine in Israel Disaster Preparedness Course, the Emergency Medical Volunteers Program for Israel, Birthright for Medical Students, and other fellowship training and research opportunities. The need to prepare for all types of mass casualty events in Israel, the US and abroad will be emphasized.

Haiti; The Extended Story

Mitchell J. Schwaber, M.D., M.Sc., Director, National Center for Infection Control, Israel Ministry of Health
Student Moderator: David Goldrich, Press Coordinator, MES
Launching from his plenary presentation, Dr. Schwaber will further discuss his experiences in the Israeli field hospital in Haiti following the devastation of the 2010 earthquake. Up and running within 4 days of the quake, the Israeli field hospital was the first on the ground to offer advanced care in a broad array of medical disciplines. Dr. Schwaber will describe the planning and deployment of the hospital from the time of the quake until the conclusion of the IDF mission.

-5- Crossing Oceans; A Two-part Breakout Session

Belfer Hall 205

Israeli Medicine as an American Educated Physician

Mitchell J. Schwaber, M.D., M.Sc., Director, National Center for Infection Control, Israel
Ministry of Health
Student Moderator: David Goldrich, Press Coordinator, MES
Aliyah can be especially daunting for a pre-med or medical student. In this half of the
session, Dr. Mitchell Schwaber will share how he was able to realize the dream of living
in Israel while pursuing a career in medicine.

Medical Training in Israel

Benjamin Courchia, M.D., Alumnus, The Medical School for International Health at Ben- Gurion University
Student Moderator: Simcha Weissman, Guest Services Coordinator, MES
Israel is home to an impressive number of prestigious medical institutions. Join Dr. Benjamin Courchia, a YU graduate and current Pediatric resident at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, to learn about his experiences at The Medical School for International Health at Ben-Gurion University.

-6- High School Break Out Session

Belfer Hall 211
Rachel Leah Victor & Isaac Dreyfus, Admissions Ambassadors, MES
This year’s conference will feature a special Breakout session exclusively for high school student attendees. We will be discussing Jodi Picoult’s best selling book My Sister’s Keeper and the numerous medical ethics issues that it raises, with a focus on pediatric consent. Students will have the opportunity to broaden their understanding of Jewish medical ethics as we engage the book from Halakhic, legal, and ethical perspectives.

Biographies

RABBI YOSEF BLAU

Senior Mashgiach Ruchani, RIETS

Plenary: Responding to Crisis; A Plenary on Triage & Aid in and by Israel

Rabbi Yosef Blau has been the mashgiach ruchani (spiritual guidance counselor) at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary since 1977. He is also spiritual guidance counselor for students at the University’s undergraduate schools and colleges for men. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yeshiva College and a Master of Science degree at the University’s Belfer Graduate School of Science. He was ordained at RIETS in 1961. Prior to his appointment at Yeshiva University, Rabbi Blau was associate principal at the Maimonides School in Brookline, principal of the Yeshiva High School of Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, and principal of the Jewish Educational Center in Elizabeth. In communal life, Rabbi Blau serves as the National President of Religious Zionists of America, on the Board of Trustees of the Jewish National Fund, and as the head of the Rabbinical Advisory board for Canfei Nesharim.

RABBI KENNETH BRANDER

Vice President for University and Community Life, Yeshiva University The David Mitzner Dean, Yeshiva University’s Center for Jewish Future

Plenary: National Religious Medical Concerns

Rabbi Kenneth Brander is the inaugural dean of the Center for the Jewish Future of Yeshiva University. Rabbi Brander is rabbi emeritus of the Boca Raton Synagogue, and founder of the Weinbaum Yeshiva High School of Broward and Palm Beach counties. During his 14 years of service to that community, he oversaw its explosive growth from 60 families to some 600 families. Rabbi Brander is a 1984 alumnus of Yeshiva College and received his ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary in 1986. He also received special ordination from Machon Puah, a center of medical ethics in Israel, and from former Chief Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu in the field of medical ethics. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in general philosophy at Florida Atlantic University.

BENJAMIN COURCHIA, M.D.

Alumnus, The Medical School for International Health at Ben-Gurion University

Breakout Session: Medical Training in Israel

Born and raised in the south of France, Benjamin Courchia graduated from Gan Ami High School in Marseilles with a baccalaureate in biological sciences and enrolled at Yeshiva College majoring in both chemistry and biology at the age of 17. In 2006, he married Sarah Guigui who was then studying biochemistry at Stern College. After graduating from Yeshiva College in January 2007, he started doing research in biochemistry at the Weil Cornell Medical School until July 2008 when both he and his wife began their medical training at The Medical School for International Health at Ben-Gurion University in partnership with Columbia Medical Center. Their daughter, Raphaëlle, was born between their internal medicine and surgery clerkships and is now two and half years old. He graduated in May 2013 and is currently pursuing his residency in Pediatrics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine at Elmhurst Hospital.

MICHAEL FROGEL, M.D.

President-elect, American Physician and Friends for Medicine in Israel

Plenary: Responding to Crisis; A Plenary on Triage & Aid in and by Israel Breakout Session: The APF: American Physicians; Strengthening Israeli Medical Infrastructure from Across an Ocean

Michael Frogel, M.D., is a graduate and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He has previously served as Chairman of Pediatrics at Nassau University Medical Center, and as Chief of General Pediatrics and Sports Medicine and Director of the Emergency Department at Cohen Children’s Hospital in New Hyde Park. Dr. Frogel is committed to improving pediatric emergency preparedness both at home and abroad. In New York, he serves as the Principal Investigator for the NYC Department of Health Pediatric Disaster Coalition Grant, which actively participated in response to the H1N1 Pandemic, Haitian Earthquake and Superstorm Sandy. As President-elect of American Physicians and Friends for Medicine in Israel, Dr. Frogel works closely with the IDF Medical Core, Home Front Command, and Ministry of Health on disaster preparedness and pediatric drills. Dr. Frogel is also very involved with the Laniado Hospital in Netanya, serving as both a disaster preparedness consultant to the hospital and as Director of Medical Affairs for American Friends of Laniado Hospital.

RABBI DOVID FULD

Conference Sponsor

Breakout Session: Solving Infertility and Genetic Challenges in Israel

Rabbi Dovid Fuld, a realtor, has served as a pro-bono mohel for the last 45 years. He spends half of each month living in Jerusalem, Israel and the other half in Kew Gardens Hills, Queens, where, in 1972, he helped initiate the first eruv in New York. Rabbi Fuld was the visionary behind the Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) Laboratory of Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem and continues to fund it. In 2003, Rabbi Fuld, along with his wife Anita, researched, planned, and saw to it that every aspect of the laboratory came to fruition. He endowed the Fuld Family Department of Medical Genetics in Shaare Zedek Medical Center, which is widely viewed as the top genetics unit in all of Israel. Rabbi Dovid and Anita Fuld are proud parents of six children and twenty-eight grandchildren.

ZVI GLUCK

Chief Executive Officer, ZAKA

Breakout Session: Special Ops & Giving Faith A Chance, Understanding the Secret Life of ZAKA International

A prominent NYC activist, Rabbi Zvi Gluck was recently appointed Chief Executive Officer and Director of Operations for ZAKA International. Previously, he served for eight years as a volunteer with ZAKA Rescue, Recovery, Disaster,and Burial Units. Rabbi Gluck is also a paramedic with Hatzalah of Queens, Clergy Liaison for the New York Police Department, Chaplain for the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office, and the Director of Crisis Management for Our Place N.Y.. A respected leader in the NYC community, he is a tireless crusader and advocate for victims of physical, psychological, and sexual abuse.

PROFESSOR JONATHAN HALEVY, M.D.

Director General, Share Zedek Medical Center

Key Note Address: Jewish Values in the Israeli Healthcare System

Plenary: National Religious Medical Concerns

Breakout Session: Running a Modern Hospital According to Halakha

Professor Jonathan Halevy graduated summa cum laude from the Sackler Faculty of Medicine of Tel Aviv University and completed his residency at the Rabin (Beilinson) Medical Center. After a two-year fellowship in gastroenterology at Yale, Professor Halevy briefly served as acting head of an Internal Medicine Department in Beilinson before being appointed Director-General of Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem in 1988, a position he continues to hold. In addition to heading Shaare Zedek and one of its internal medicine units, Professor Halevy has been a member of the Council of National Service since 2006 and is currently Chairman of the Public Committee of the National List of Health Services. Professor Halevy is also a Clinical Associate Professor at the Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School. The author of more than 100 medical articles and papers, he has published three books in his fields of special interest: “Key Facts in Gastroenterology” (1986), “The Doctor-Patient Relationship” (2003) and “Complementary and Alternative Medicine – The Facts” (2005).

MARK J. KURZMANN, ESQ.

Principal, Kurzmann Law Offices, P.C.

Breakout Sessions: Special Ops & Giving Faith A Chance The Legal Ethics Behind Jewish End-of-Life Rescue

Mark J. Kurzmann, Esq., has represented patients in numerous end-of-life cases in the US and abroad and has advised in drafting mass disaster protocols which allow government to accommodate Halakha and respect Jewish burial practices. He was lead trial counsel in the federal class action which established the right to treatment in NY for civilly-committed mental patients. Before entering private practice, Mr. Kurzmann served as a senior trial attorney at the Justice Department where he successfully defended the Executive Office of the President, FBI, CIA, State Department and National Security Agency in several well-known national security and civil rights cases involving significant issues of public policy. The US Attorney General awarded him the Department’s highest litigation award. His current practice includes novel and complex federal and state litigation, government relations and investigations, crisis management and media relations (including terrorism investigations), zoning and land use, as well as constitutional, civil and religious rights.

RABBI EDWARD REICHMAN, M.D.

Conference Chairman

Edward Reichman is a Professor of Emergency Medicine and Professor in the Division of Education and Bioethics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, where he teaches Jewish medical ethics. He received his rabbinic ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University and writes and lectures internationally in the field of Jewish medical ethics. He is the recipient of a Kornfeld Foundation Fellowship, and has been a member of the advisory boards of the Institute for Genetics and Public Policy, the New York Organ Donor Network, the Halakhic Organ Donor Society, and the Rabbinical Council of America. He takes particular pride in having been a mentor of the Medical Ethics Society of Yeshiva University since its inception. His research is devoted
to the interface of medical history and Jewish law.

Mitchell J. Schwaber, M.D., M.Sc.

Director, National Center for Infection Control, Israel Ministry of Health

Plenary: Responding to Crisis; A Plenary on Triage & Aid in and by Israel Breakout Sessions: Israeli Medicine as an American Educated Physician

Haiti; The Extended Story

Dr. Mitchell J. Schwaber is the director of the National Center for Infection Control of the Israel Ministry of Health. A native of Boston, he received his AB degree in Romance Languages and Literatures at Princeton University prior to pursuing his medical studies at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, internship at Massachusetts General Hospital and, upon making aliyah in 1992, medical residency at Hadassah University Hospital – Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem. Upon completion of his military service in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), he trained in infectious diseases and epidemiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston. In addition to his duties with the Ministry, he practices internal and infectious diseases medicine at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center and Maccabi Healthcare Services. He is an officer in the IDF Medical Corps Reserves, in which capacity he was called upon to servein the IDF Field Hospital in Haiti following the January 2010 earthquake. He resides in Modiin, Israel, with his wife and three daughters.

YITZCHAK SHALITA

ZAKA

Plenary: Responding to Crisis; A Plenary on Triage & Aid in and by Israel

Mr. Yitzchak ‘Itzik’ Shalita has served as a volunteer for Magen David Adom and ZAKA Israel for over ten years. He was a member of the IDF Search and Rescue Team, consulted with the Israeli Police Force as a fingerprint identification expert, and represented the Israeli government on humanitarian missions to Taba, Egypt and to Thailand in the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. In addition to being a certified scuba diver with expertise in underwater search and rescue, Mr. Shalita is also a seasoned trail and mountain guide. He has led climbing and rappelling groups throughout Israel, and has used his skills to assist with rescue missions in treacherous areas.

RABBI MORDECHAI WILLIG

Rosh Yeshiva, RIETS

Plenary: National Religious Medical Concerns

Rabbi Mordechai Willig is the Rabbi Dr. Sol Roth Professor of Talmud and Contemporary Halakha at Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. He has been a Rosh Yeshiva at the Mazer School of Talmudic Studies since 1973 and a Rosh Kollel at RIETS. Rabbi Willig received a B.A. in Mathematics from Yeshiva College in 1968 and an M.S. in Jewish History in 1971 from the Bernard Revel Graduate School. He received semicha that same year. He has served as spiritual leader of Young Israel of Riverdale in the Bronx since 1974. Rabbi WIllig has written a sefer, Am Mordechai, and many articles in Torah scholarship journals.