TBS Bioethics Initiative

The TBS Bioethics Initiative brings together experts in Jewish ethics and medical ethics to help us consider the challenging ethical dilemmas of our day. By continuing the TBS tradition of facilitating meaningful conversations around life, learning, and Judaism, we hope to help members of our community to build deeper connections with each other and between their work and intellectual interests and the lessons of Jewish tradition.

Founding Partners

Audrey & Yale Asbell
Kent & Kent
Jane & Jeff z"l Kramer
The Ravitz Family Kindness Fund

The programs are presented in partnership with The Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

Click on the videos below to view these past programs.

  • December 15, 2016 -- How did we get here? Where are we going? with JTS Chancellor Professor Arnold Eisen
  • February 23, 2017 -- Frankenstein and the Golem: Scientific Hubris or Genetic Safety with Paul Root Wolpe, Ph.D.
  • June 27, 2017 -- Justice in an Unjust World: Health Care Policy and Jewish Bioethics with Professor Laurie Zoloth
  • November 15, 2017 -- Jewish Values in an Age of Choice: Living Jewish Ethics Today with Rabbi Daniel Nevins
  • February 22, 2018 -- Forging a Disability-Sensitive Jewish Bioethics with Rabbi Julia Watts Belser, Ph.D
  • April 29, 2018 -- Whose Womb & Whose Ethics? Surrogacy in Israel & in Jewish Ethics with Dr. Michal Raucher
  • November 26, 2018 -- The Right to Try: The Ethics of Experimental Drugs with Steven Joffe, MD, MPH