Jewish Medical Ethics: A 21st Century Discussion
Within the field of ethics, one of the most challenging frontiers is medical ethics. While contemporary medical knowledge preserves life, modern advances have raised moral and ethical issues related to the sanctity and dignity of life - issues whose scope was unimaginable a generation ago. This course on Jewish Medical Ethics explores Jewish approaches to a number of challenging dilemmas including human cloning, surrogate motherhood, assisted suicide and genetic manipulation.

Day: Thursdays, March 11 - May 13, 2021
Time: 7:30 - 9:00 pm Eastern via Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi Irwin Zeplowitz
OMG, Can You Believe?!
In this 6-week exploratory course, we'll seek answers to the BIG questions around God and God's relationship to Humankind. Take for yourself a Divine moment to uncover and consider many different understandings of God expressed by Jewish thinkers, past and present. This course will give you the tools to continue asking deep questions, probing your own beliefs and rethinking the "God-question" that confronts us throughout our lives.

Day: Tuesdays, May 18 - June 29, 2021
Time: 7:30 - 9:00 pm Eastern via Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi Jade Sank Ross



Rabbi Jade Sank RossRabbi Jade Sank Ross grew up in Kinnelon, New Jersey. She studied Anthropology and International and Global Studies at Brandeis University, during which time she sang in Company B, an oldies acapella group, was an active leader in the Hillel Theater Group, and spent a semester abroad in Nepal. After completing her undergraduate degree, Rabbi Sank Ross studied at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in New York, and was ordained as a rabbi in 2018. During her rabbinic training, Rabbi Sank Ross earned a Certificate in Jewish Education Technology at The Davidson School of the Jewish Theological Seminary, and completed a Master’s Concentration in Israel Education from the iCenter. In addition, Rabbi Sank Ross served as student rabbi at the North Fork Reform Synagogue on Long Island, and as a chaplain intern at NYU Langone Medical Center in Manhattan. Most recently, Rabbi Sank Ross served as the Assistant Rabbi and Director of Education at Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester. As a rabbi, she hopes to build a diverse, inclusive, collaborative, relational, creative, curious, and ever-evolving sacred community where each of our voices elevates us all.

Assistant Director

Rabbi Irwin ZeplowitzRabbi Irwin Zeplowitz (also known as “Rabbi Z”) was born in Niagara Falls, New York. Following his schooling at the University of Toronto, he studied at Hebrew Union College — Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Jerusalem, Los Angeles and Cincinnati, where he was ordained as a rabbi in 1984. In July 2003 he assumed the position of Senior Rabbi at The Community Synagogue in Port Washington, New York, a dynamic congregation of 700 families. Rabbi Zeplowitz has lectured and taught in a wide variety of advanced adult learning settings – teaching for Kolel: The Adult Centre for Liberal Jewish Learning (Toronto, Canada) and as a regular lecturer for JLearn, the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School (Long Island, New York). He spent over 20 years teaching at summer camps of the Reform movement and has taught at several adult summer retreats. He has served as a scholar in a number of synagogues, has appeared on radio and television, and has spoken in numerous community settings. He has had articles published in journals and newspapers on Jewish law, spirituality and politics, including a series on the book of Exodus for the Union for Reform Judaism website.

Sponsoring Agency

The Community Synagogue logoThe Community Synagogue
160 Middle Neck Rd.
Port Washington, NY 11050

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