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What Matters - new informational meetings: Thurs June 22 and Wed June 28

We invite you to learn more about What Matters and advance care planning by attending a free group information session, held at JCC Manhattan.  Topics covered at this session will include: ​choosing an agent who can speak for you if you are unable to speak for yourself, completing or updating an advance directive, and having 'the conversation' with loved ones.

The sessions will be held on:

    Thu, Jun 22, 6-7:30 pm
    A light supper will be served


    Wed, Jun 28, 2-3:30 pm
    Light refreshments will be served

Please register for a session online at http://www.jccmanhattan.org/programs/?grp=whatmatters or by emailing whatmatters [at] jccmanhattan.org

"What Matters: Conversations about the End of Life"

“What Matters:  Caring Conversations About End of Life" is a program in which WES is participating to promote facilitated, Jewish values-based conversations about wishes for the end of life.


"What Matters" (whatmattersny.org) is based at the JCC, funded by Plaza Memorial Chapel, and has engaged with several synagogues and communal organizations in New York City over the past 18 months. It is based on an evidence-based Advance Care Planning program that was developed at Gundersen Health Center in LaCrosse, Wisconsin in order to fill the gap between the legal documentation of advance directives, such as power of attorney for health care, and the emotional and spiritual reality of what it means to make decisions for a loved on. 

Rabbi Margolius's talk was the first in a series of WES programs including film discussion group, panel discussion, a book group discussion, and a panel featuring a physician, an attorney, rabbi, and an ethicist.


190 Amsterdam Avenue (at 69th Street)
New York, NY 10023
Phone: (212) 579-0777
Fax: (212) 579-2669
Email: executivedirector [at] westendsynagogue.org
Affiliated with the Jewish Reconstructionist movement

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