Bioethics During a Pandemic (via Zoom)
Teachers: Dr. Carol Gerson and Rabbi Gary Gerson
Thursday, September 10 7 p.m. NO FEE
Since February we have been immersed in a global pandemic. Many bioethical issues that once seemed hypothetical are very real now. When we run out of vital supplies, space or equipment, what criteria may we ethically use to distribute scarce resources? What do our sacred texts tell us about such decisions? Do we assign higher value to some lives? When we don’t have enough, do we use an algorithm based on medical criteria alone? Do we use a simple lottery? We will review some of the approaches, debate which of these criteria we think are ethical, and look at how Jewish sources help us address ethically difficult decisions.
- Gerson is a retired pediatric otolaryngologist and an active mohelet with a doctorate in bioethics. She is a faculty member of the medical schools of Northwestern and Tulane universities.
- Rabbi 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, Rabbi Gerson holds master’s degrees in religion and psychology, rabbinic ordination, a doctorate in ministry, and certification as a family therapist from the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic.
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