B.) Yeshiva University Rabbinic Panel Visits Calvary Hospital
B.) Yeshiva University Rabbinic Panel Visits Calvary Hospital

BRONX, NY, May 7, 2013 – Calvary Hospital recently hosted a visit by four Roshei Yeshiva who have extensive experience with end-of-life halachic issues: Rabbi Yaakov Neuberger, Rabbi Herschel Schachter, Rabbi Moshe Tendler, and Rabbi Mordechai Willig. They comprise the Rabbinic Panel in the YU/RIETS End-of-Life Halachic Advisory Program.

         This pioneering program, developed by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University located within a block of Calvary, offers rabbinic consultation for families and community rabbis who seek halachically appropriate, high quality end-of-life medical care. The four Rabbis serve on a rotating basis as pre-hospice advisors in this unique YU program, answering questions from patients’ families and community rabbis after a physician has recommended that an individual receive hospice care. They can also offer continuing support and consultation after a person starts receiving end-of-life care.

         During their visit to Calvary, the four Rabbis met with senior hospital leadership including Frank A. Calamari, President & CEO; Michael J. Brescia, MD, Executive Medical Director; Richard J. Kutilek, Chief Operating Officer; Christopher P. Comfort, MD, Medical Director; Father Chux Okochi, PhD, Director of Pastoral Care; Debbie Feldman, JD, LCSW, Assistant Administrator, Patient and Family Care Services as well as the Hospital’s Jewish chaplains, Rabbi Rachmiel Rothberger and Rabbi Harold Stern. Edward R. Burns, MD, executive dean of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, also participated in the meeting.

         The Roshei Yeshiva learned about Calvary’s history, philosophy, and palliative care practices as well as the extensive services available to Orthodox inpatients at the Bronx and Brooklyn campuses and Calvary’s Home Hospice. Calvary’s two staff Rabbis, both of whom are RIETS graduates, gave the Roshei Yeshiva a comprehensive tour of the Bronx campus, highlighting the Pelham Parkway eruv, proximity to the Albert Einstein synagogue, Shabbos lounge, kosher food pantry and a Torah scroll rescued from Czechoslovakia after the Holocaust, housed at Calvary.

         Five months ago, Calvary and Yeshiva University’s affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) formed a collaboration to help serve the needs of observant Jews in the metropolitan area seeking the best end-of-life care. To learn more about the YU program or to submit questions, go to http://yu.edu/riets/end-of-life-care and click on the button called “Rabbinic Consultation Form.” To learn more about Calvary, go to: www.calvaryhospital.org and click on the first bullet listed under the “What’s New” section.

Calvary Hospital is the nation’s only fully accredited acute care specialty hospital devoted exclusively to providing palliative care to adult advanced cancer patients. A 225-bed facility with locations in the Bronx and Brooklyn, Calvary is the model for the relief of cancer pain and symptoms for more than a century. More than 5,600 patients are cared for annually by Calvary’s inpatient, outpatient, homecare, hospice, nursing home hospice, and wound care services. To learn more or sign up for the e-newsletter, Calvary Life, please go to www.calvaryhospital.org.   

 

Rabbi Herschel Schachter, Rabbi Yaakov Neuberger, Rabbi Mordechai Willig, and Rabbi Moshe Tendler, met with the leaders of Calvary recently to learn about the Hospital’s extensive services for Orthodox patients and families in the two inpatient facilities and through Calvary’s Home Hospice. They also toured the Bronx facility to see special features such as the kosher food pantry, Shabbos lounge, and a Torah scroll rescued from Czechoslovakia after the Holocaust. Pictured (left to right):

  • Rabbi Harold Stern, Jewish Chaplain, Calvary;
  • Michael J. Brescia, MD, Executive Medical Director; Calvary;
  • Rabbi Herschel Schachter;
  • Rabbi Moshe Tendler;
  • Rabbi Rachmiel Rothberger, Jewish Chaplain, Calvary;
  • Rabbi Mordechai Willig;
  • Rabbi Yaakov Neuberger; and
  • Frank A. Calamari, President & CEO, Calvary.   
 
Dr. Michael J. Brescia, Executive Medical Director, Calvary speaking with four Roshei Yeshiva from Yeshiva University during their recent visit to the Hospital to learn about the extensive services in existence for Orthodox patients and families. Calvary cares for hundreds of Jewish patients each year. Pictured (left to right): Dr. Michael J. Brescia, Executive Medical Director; Calvary; Rabbi Yaakov Neuberger; Rabbi Mordechai Willig; Rabbi Moshe Tendler; and Rabbi Rachmiel Rothberger, Jewish Chaplain, Calvary. (Rabbi Herschel Schachter is standing behind Rabbi Tendler.) 

 

Rabbi Herschel Schachter, Rabbi Yaakov Neuberger, Rabbi Mordechai Willig, and Rabbi Moshe Tendler, comprise the Rabbinic Panel in the YU/RIETS End-of-Life Halachic Advisory Program. They visited Calvary recently to learn about the Hospital’s extensive services for Orthodox patients and families in the two inpatient facilities and through Calvary’s Home Hospice and to tour the Bronx facility to see special features such as the kosher food pantry, Shabbos lounge. Pictured (left to right) learning about a Torah scroll housed at Calvary that had been rescued from Czechoslovakia after the Holocaust are: Rabbi Mordechai Willig; Rabbi Moshe Tendler; Rabbi Herschel Schachter; Rabbi Yaakov Neuberger; and Rabbi Rachmiel Rothberger, Jewish Chaplain, Calvary (back to camera).

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