Posted on July 12, 2018 at 4:30 AM
Rabbi Jason Weiner, senior rabbi and director of the Spiritual Care Department at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, has developed a new Jewish advance directive.
Instead of simply listing which medical interventions one does or does not want, the Cedars-Sinai Jewish Advance Directive aims to capture the totality of a person’s values and preferences to be applied in various unforeseen circumstances. It gives patients an opportunity to describe their values. It tells clinicians who their patients are, what is important to them, and what is not important to them.
The Cedars-Sinai Jewish Advance Directive provides a range of options. For example, individuals can appoint their own rabbi or a Jewish institution to assist with decision-making; patients also can indicate whether they want to donate their organs. The document is drawn up in a manner that is acceptable by the strictest interpretations of Jewish law while, at the same time, not obligating patients to follow Jewish law if that is not their wish.