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Jewish Bioethics Certificate Program

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About the Program

The YU/RIETS Certificate in Jewish Bioethics concentrates on a practical approach to bioethics governed by Jewish Law in the secular clinical setting. Upon completion, graduates will be equipped to analyze ethical dilemmas they face and provide guidance to their patients on navigating their healthcare decisions within a framework of Jewish values and Halacha.   Download the Syllabi (PDF)

This 1-year program will survey numerous areas of bioethics and grant students the knowledge to apply traditional Jewish values and Halakha to the modern clinical setting. Upon completion graduates will be equipped to navigate ethical dilemmas and provide general guidance to their patients on navigating their healthcare decisions within a framework of Jewish values and Halacha.

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Program Objective

The goals of this certificate will be to enable healthcare professionals to join ethics committees in their places of work as well as serve the Jewish population navigating the healthcare system. Graduates will be able to identify points of tension between secular ethics and Jewish bioethics, work with patients and healthcare institutions to develop culturally sensitive solutions to the unique issues faced by Jewish patient and their families, and assist the dialogue between clinicians and patients. 




Rabbi Kalman Laufer serves as faculty at both Yeshiva University’s Isaac Breuer College and Stern College for Women teaching courses in Medical & Business Ethics. Rabbi Laufer completed his Semikha (Yorah Yorah) at RIETS in 2017 and is currently pursuing Yadin Yadin (Dayanus) in the Rabbi Norman Lamm Kollel L’Horaah at RIETS under the auspices of Rabbi J. David Bleich and Rabbi Mordechai Willig. Rabbi Laufer graduated Yeshiva University’s Sy Syms School of Business with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and a Master’s Degree in Accounting as well as a Master’s degree in Bioethics from Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Cardozo Law School. Rabbi Laufer focuses his studies in areas of Bioethics and Medical Halacha specifically working on Halakhic issues that arise in caring for parents suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia. He also serves as an independent member of the St. John’s Riverside Hospital Ethics Committee. 

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