The world’s leading authority on Jewish medical ethics is spending an extended weekend in Sandy Springs to speak about issues related to “Ancient Talmudists & Contemporary Physicians.”
Rabbi Avraham Steinberg, a senior pediatric neurologist and the director of medical ethics at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, will speak six times from Thursday to Sunday, Feb. 23 to 26, under the auspices of Chabad of Georgia, Weinstein Hospice, Northside Hospital and Emory St. Joseph’s Hospital.
A Talmudic scholar as well as a medical doctor, Rabbi Steinberg has written 40 books on medical ethics, including the definitive, three-volume “Encyclopedia of Jewish Medical Ethics.” Born in a displaced persons camp in Germany in 1947, he has lived in Israel since 1949. He has been a leading voice on halachah in addition to medical ethics for decades.
Three of Rabbi Steinberg’s events will be at hospitals and are eligible for continuing medical education credit:
- “Modern Genetics: Ethical and Legal Perspectives” at 7 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium at Northside Hospital, 980 Johnson Ferry Road. Before the lecture, dinner and registration begin at 6:30.
- “Ethics at the End of Life: The Jewish Perspective” at 12:30 p.m. Friday in the Northside Hospital auditorium. The rabbi will speak during lunch, sponsored by Weinstein Hospice. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- “My Body or Your Body? Patient’s Rights, Disclosures and Informed Consent” at 10 a.m. Sunday in the Carroll Conference and Education Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital, 5669 Peachtree-Dunwoody Road.
In the middle of those free hospital appearances, Rabbi Steinberg will spend a Shabbaton with Congregation Beth Tefillah, 5065 High Point Road. He will speak on three topics:
- “General vs. Jewish Medical Ethics: Where They Differ and Where They Concur” over dinner Friday night at 7:15 p.m. The cost is $36 for adults and $18 for children.
- “Who Is My Father? An Exploration Into Stem Cells, Sperm Donations and Surrogacy,” a free discussion at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
- “Torah and Science: Contradictory or Complementary?” as part of melava malka (the post-Shabbat meal) at 8:15 p.m. Saturday. The fee is $18.