JCC Hosting a Special Event on Transforming How We Think About The End of Life


The Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan is excited to host Dr. Jessica Zitter and Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary, Arnold Eisen on Sunday, March 25th at 2:30 pm, as they hold a conversation about transforming the way people approach the end of life and what Judaism can teach us about dying well.

Dr. Zitter is the author of Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life, and her work is featured in the Oscar-nominated short documentary Extremis. She is uniquely trained to practice both critical and palliative care medicine, and is a regular contributor to The New York Times and the Huffington Post.

This event is being held as part of the What Matters initiative, aims to engage New Yorkers in compassionate, value-driven conversations about advance care planning so that they may live with the comfort of knowing their choices will be honored by loved ones and healthcare professionals.

What Matters was created to build upon Respecting Choices, a program with proven success nationwide. In La Crosse, WI, where it began, 96 percent of the residents had an advance care plan; the national average is 25 percent. This effort will heighten awareness about the importance of completing advance care directives and enable individuals to thoughtfully consider and document their end-of-life preferences.

What Matters is a collaboration between the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, The New Jewish Home, and the Center for Pastoral Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary. This work is made possible through generous grants from our founder, funder and partner, Plaza Jewish Community Chapel, Inc. and support from UJA-Federation of New York.

Learn more about What Matters.

To purchase tickets for the March 25th event, click here.

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