Conference 2018 ~ The ART of Fertility

          In the past decade alone, research in the field of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) has advanced exponentially, stimulating debates in the realms of ethics and halacha. New questions are emerging. Can the creation of a child come about through technologies other than the normative IVF route? What options exist for fertility preservation in children battling cancer? Will we eventually be able to nurture fetuses outside of the natural womb and call them our own, biologically? Should the spouse of a deceased Israeli soldier be permitted to utilize his genetic material for reproduction? As science progresses to great heights, and research expands, there are new questions and challenges that could change the way we approach infertility, forever.
          This year’s 12th annual Medical Ethics Society Conference will address these futuristic, almost unbelievable possibilities. Experts with unique insights will discuss medical advancements in the world of fertility such as posthumous reproduction, epigenetics, oncofertility and artificial wombs. At the same time, we will hear from Rabbinic authorities on what halacha and Jewish philosophy hold regarding these discoveries.
          Want to learn about what the future of medicine and perhaps even get a glimpse into the future of humanity? Then please join us on Sunday, December 16th at 9:00 a.m. for this year’s conference: The ART of Parenthood– Exploring The Future of Fertility.


Featured Speakers:
Rabbi Moshe Tendler, PHD
Batsheva Lerner-Maslow, MD
John Loike, PHD
Rabbi Mordechai Willig
Edward Burns, MD
David Hoffman, JD
Lauren Flicker, JD
Rabbi Daniel Rapp, JD
Rabbi Edward Reichman, MD
Click here to Register for the Conference


  • 8:30: Registration
  • 9:00: Welcome Address (Rachel Somorov) and Introduction (Rabbi Yaakov Glasser)
  • 9:15–10:05: Epigenetics: The Intrinsic Mother-Child Bond (Rabbi Moshe D. Tendler, PhD and John Loike, PhD)
  • 10:05–11:00: Ethics Of Postmortem Reproduction (Rabbi Daniel Rapp, JD and Ms. Lauren Flicker, JD)
  • 11:00–11:15: Intersession
  • 11:15–12:00: Artificial Wombs: A New Perspective On Fertility (Mr. David Hoffman, JD and Dr. Edward Burns, MD)
  • 12:00–12:50: Oncofertility: Parenthood Options For Survivors (Rabbi Mordechai Willig and Bat-Sheva Lerner-
    Maslow, MD)
  • 12:50–1:00: Closing Remarks (Bailey Frohlich)
The conference is sponsored by the Community Synagogue of Monsey in honor of Rav Moshe D. Tendler. We look forward to seeing you then!