LA PUAH Conference on Fertility, Medicine and Halacha; A Success


by Rabbi Arye D Gordon

On Sunday June 8th, 2014, The Puah Institute’s workshops, not only on fertility, but encompassing a whole series of topics, drew a large crowd who came to enjoy the newly formatted lectures. Under its clarion call of “Puah Building Families,” the sessions covered important topics of Nutrition: Before, During and after Pregnancy; Genetics: Its Impact on the Jewish Family; Prenatal Care: Caring for your Baby Before Birth, and much more.

It was a full day of lectures and workshops given by a slew of top doctors and specialists in the field of fertility and related issues. Complimenting their expertise were Rabbis who have specialized knowledge in the Halachic aspects of fertility issues. They discussed in detail many of the questions regarding the procedures and halachic guidelines that are acceptable in fertility concerns.

A new and significant addition was a series of unique sessions designed specifically for professionals and rabbis. These well attended lectures led to many questions which clarified aspects of fertility issues and the Halachic implications.

The day’s events began with a complimentary continental breakfast and words of welcome from Rabbi Kalman Topp of Beth Jacob, a host of the day’s program. Rabbi Topp stressed the importance of Halachic guidelines in the arena of Fertility issues.
The first series of workshops began at 10 am and ran until 1 pm. Those in attendance were invited to join a complimentary lunch and heard from the guest speaker, David Suissa, President of the Los Angeles Jewish Journal and Rabbi Gideon Weitzman, Director of the Puah Institute in the United States, all introduced by Rabbi Adir Posy of Beth Jacob.

Presenters included: Dr. Michael Feinman, Dr. Simcha Mann, Dr. Hindi Posy, Dr. Phillip Werthman, Dr. Paul Turek, Dr. Suma Shamonki, Dr. Nurit Winkler and Susan Atlas, Phd. Many of the sessions included a companion Rabbi to discuss and compliment the halachic aspects of the issues presented. The participating Rabbis, included: Rabbi Elchanan Lewis and Rabbi Gideon Weitzman.

The purpose of this Puah Program was to provide the attendees with a clearer understanding of fertility preservation, the role of nutrition, the impact of genetics and the importance of pre-natal care, all resulting in the building of families. In the area of fertility, approximately one in six couples experience some difficulty in starting a family and almost all of these challenges can be successfully overcome through proper counseling and treatment by experts.

Sponsors of the Event include: EMD Serono (Corporate Sponsor) andThe Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles (Workshop Sponsor). Discussions hosted by and at Cong. Beth Jacob of Beverly Hills.
Judging by comments overheard after a packed day of workshops, the feeling expressed were thankfulness for PUAH providing a clearer and factual understanding of Fertility, Genetics and Nutrition in our lives.
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