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Organ Donor Shabbat

Synagogue dedicated a Shabbat service to the cause of organ and tissue donation.

Community Contact Information:
Temple Hesed
Scranton, PA
http://www.templehesed.org

URJ Department of Jewish Family Concerns:
http://urj.org/jfc/bioethics/donor/index.cfm


Goals:

  • Educate congregants about the Jewish view of organ donation.
  • Encourage congregants to think about organ donation.
  • Honor recipients and donors of transplanted organs in the congregation.

Overview:
The Social Action Committee planned and organized a Shabbat service dedicated to heightening awareness regarding organ and tissue donation, including a Jewish perspective.

Preparation:
The committee invited members who had been personally affected by the lack of sufficient donors to participate in the program. At the service, donor family members were honored with gold ribbons, while recipients wore red ribbons.

Project Implementation:
Materials were passed out as people entered the sanctuary and the rabbi's sermon dealt with the Jewish view toward organ donation.

Results:
The congregation, inspired by the Matan Chaim material issued by the URJ, intends to make this an annual event to be held during Donate Life Month, which occurs annually in April.