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TBS Dr. Jeffrey Kramer Bioethics Initiative

The TBS Dr. Jeffrey Kramer 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.

September 20, 2022
From Justification to Justice: Jewish Sources on Abortion with Michal Raucher, PhD

January 24, 2021
Fair Game? The Ethics of Vaccine Distribution with Dr. Arnold Baskies and Stephanie Fendrick, FACHE, SVP
To read Rabbi Peltz's teshuvah, please click here.

November 17, 2020
COVID-19: The Ethics of Vaccine Distribution with Dr. Farley Cleghorn and Dr. Toby Schonfeld


March 26, 2020
COVID-19: Spread, Treatment, and Finding a Vaccine with Dr. Seth Rosenbaum, Dr. Joel Kravitz, and Dr. Jeffrey Skolnik


November 21, 2019
Treating the Untreatable: Cancer and Gene Therapy with Dr. Bruce Levine

June 18, 2019
Medical Aid in Dying: A Jewish Perspective with Rabbi Elliot N. Dorff

January 31, 2019
The Ethics of End of Life Care with Dr. Sandy Buchman and Rabbi Mychal B. Springer

November 26, 2018
The Right to Try: The Ethics of Experimental Drugs with Steven Joffe, MD, MPH

April 29, 2018
Whose Womb & Whose Ethics? Surrogacy in Israel & in Jewish Ethics with Dr. Michal Raucher

February 22, 2018
Forging a Disability-Sensitive Jewish Bioethics with Rabbi Julia Watts Belser, Ph.D

November 15, 2017
Jewish Values in an Age of Choice: Living Jewish Ethics Today with Rabbi Daniel Nevins

June 27, 2017
Justice in an Unjust World: Health Care Policy and Jewish Bioethics with Professor Laurie Zoloth

February 23, 2017
Frankenstein and the Golem: Scientific Hubris or Genetic Safety with Paul Root Wolpe, Ph.D.

December 15, 2016
How did we get here? Where are we going? with JTS Chancellor Professor Arnold Eisen

Sat, May 27 2023 7 Sivan 5783