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Sunday, March 19 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
Pandemics and Other Plagues: A Jewish Bioethical Response

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Many bioethical issues that once seemed hypothetical were very real during the height of the pandemic. How do we distribute limited resources? When we run out of vital supplies, space, staff, or equipment, what criteria may we ethically use to distribute scarce resources? Do we assign a higher value to some lives? When we don’t have enough, do we use an algorithm based on medical criteria alone or a simple lottery ir consider social value? Add to this a variety of vaccine bioethical questions. How do we distribute vaccines when they are scarce?  How do we deal with the vaccine-resistant when they put the rest of us at risk? What do our sacred texts tell us about such decisions? We will look at how Jewish sources--biblical, rabbinic, and modern--would have us address ethically difficult decisions.

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Gary Gerson

Rabbi Gary S. Gerson served as Senior Rabbi of Oak Park Temple B’nai Abraham Zion in the Chicago suburbs from 1979 to 2009. As Rabbi Emeritus, he teaches courses in Jewish text, Kabbalah, Jewish thought, and comparative religion. A Fulbright scholar and Adjunct Faculty at Loyola... Read More →

Sunday March 19, 2023 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
JCC Library