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the Irene and Julius Horowitz z”l bioethics and halakha series:


Wartime Medical Ethics: Halakha and International Law

Thursday, January 25

7:00 pm ET in person or zoom

The inaugural lecture in this series will feature a dialogue between Rabbi Saul Berman and Rabbi Lila Kagedan ’15 about how halakha offers guidance even in the most extreme situations. Learn how international law is meant to operate in a global conflict, and explore timely ethical challenges including: How does Zaka make decisions? What happens when the Red Cross violates their own standards?


Join in person at Yeshivat Maharat in the Bronx, NY or virtually on Zoom.

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Rabbi Lila Kagedan is a clinical ethicist, licensed mediator and educator working in academic, pastoral and clinical settings. She is a faculty member at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America where she is also a  Shalom Hartman Institute rabbinic senior fellow. Lila was ordained in 2015 by Yeshivat Maharat where she became the first Orthodox woman to claim the title rabbi and served until recently as the rabbi of the Walnut Street Synagogue in Chelsea, MA.  Lila Kagedan is the director of biomedical ethics and the humanities program and a professor of bioethics in the faculty of medicine and dentistry of New York Medical College. Rabbi Kagedan is deeply committed to justice work at the intersection of faith, inclusion, anti-racism, education and health. She serves on the clergy interfaith coalition for the city of Chelsea, MA and serves as the co-chair of the disparities in health working group at the Cambridge Hospital. She is also a member of  the inclusion committee addressing issues of social determinants of health and racial disparities of health at New York Medical College. 


Rabbi Saul J. Berman is a leading Orthodox teacher and thinker. As a Rabbi, a scholar, and an educator, he has made extensive contributions to the intensification of women's Jewish education, to the role of social ethics in Synagogue life, and to the understanding of the applicability of Jewish Law to contemporary society. Rabbi Berman was ordained at Yeshiva University, from which he also received his B.A. and his M.H.L. He completed a degree in law, a J.D., at New York University, and an M.A. in Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley. 

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