End of Life

End of Life

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The Second Part of Crossing The Bridge addresses the emotional and ethical challenges that go along with end of life care, such as prolonging life/delaying death, palliative care, medical assistance in dying, and navigating family tension. Featuring Rabbi Splansky, Rabbi Torczyner, Dr. Russell Goldman and moderated by Naomi Parness.

Rabbi Yael Splansky

Yael Splansky is the Senior Rabbi of Holy Blossom Temple, Toronto's first synagogue.

She currently serves as the President of the Toronto Board of Rabbis, on the Beit Din of the Reform Rabbis of Greater Toronto, on the President's Rabbinic Advisory Council of Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion, and in the Rabbinic Circle of the World Union for Progressive Judaism.

Devoted to Jewish pluralism and life-long learning, Rabbi Splansky is a Rabbinic Fellow of the Hartman Institute of Jerusalem. Committed to building bridges of friendship and understanding among peoples, Rabbi Splansky is part of the Canadian Council of Bishops and Rabbis, and initiated Rings of Peace as a model of solidarity when hate crimes strike houses of faith.

Rabbi Splansky is the editor of Siddur Pirchei Kodesh, a prayerbook enriched by commentaries and poetry.

Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner

Rabbi Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner

Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner served as a pulpit rabbi for a dozen years in the United States, during which time he also served on hospital ethics committees and lectured on medical ethics in local hospitals. Rabbi Torczyner also mentored new pulpit rabbis in synagogues around North America regarding religious and pastoral matters, in a program under the aegis of Yeshiva University.

In 2009, Rabbi Torczyner came to Toronto to establish Beit Midrash Zichron Dov (www.torontotorah.com), a resource for Jewish learning which creates communities around Torah study, for Jews of all affiliations and all levels of background knowledge. Approximately 3000 recordings of Rabbi Torczyner’s classes are available on www.yutorah.org.

Specializing in Medical Ethics, Rabbi Torczyner was honoured by the Ontario Medical Association in 2019 with an award for his Continuing Education classes for medical professionals, which are accredited through the University of Toronto.. Recordings of Rabbi Torczyner’s twelve years of medical ethics continuing education sessions, with a focus on End of Life issues, are available at www.torontotorah.com/nusbaum.

Rabbi Torczyner has also taught continuing education classes for legal professionals, accredited by the Law Society of Ontario, for the past twelve years. In addition, Rabbi Torczyner has taught continuing education classes for financial services professionals, recognized by CPA Ontario, for nearly a dozen years. Many of these sessions relate to End of Life issues including estate planning and powers of attorney for personal care, and are archived at www.yutorah.org.Torczyner served as a pulpit rabbi for a dozen years in the United States, during which time he also served on hospital ethics committees and lectured on medical ethics in local hospitals. Rabbi Torczyner also mentored new pulpit rabbis in synagogues around North America regarding religious and pastoral matters, in a program under the aegis of Yeshiva University.

In 2009, Rabbi Torczyner came to Toronto to establish Beit Midrash Zichron Dov (www.torontotorah.com), a resource for Jewish learning which creates communities around Torah study, for Jews of all affiliations and all levels of background knowledge. Approximately 3000 recordings of Rabbi Torczyner’s classes are available on www.yutorah.org.

Specializing in Medical Ethics, Rabbi Torczyner was honoured by the Ontario Medical Association in 2019 with an award for his Continuing Education classes for medical professionals, which are accredited through the University of Toronto.. Recordings of Rabbi Torczyner’s twelve years of medical ethics continuing education sessions, with a focus on End of Life issues, are available at www.torontotorah.com/nusbaum.

Rabbi Torczyner has also taught continuing education classes for legal professionals, accredited by the Law Society of Ontario, for the past twelve years. In addition, Rabbi Torczyner has taught continuing education classes for financial services professionals, recognized by CPA Ontario, for nearly a dozen years. Many of these sessions relate to End of Life issues including estate planning and powers of attorney for personal care, and are archived at www.yutorah.org.

She has the unique privilege of being a fourth-generation Reform Rabbi and her greatest joy is in raising her three sons, together with her husband, Adam Sol.

Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner

Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner served as a pulpit rabbi for a dozen years in the United States. In 2009, Rabbi Torczyner came to Toronto to establish Beit Midrash Zichron Dov (www.torontotorah.com), a resource for Jewish learning which creates communities around Torah study, for Jews of all affiliations and all levels of background knowledge. Specializing in Medical Ethics, Rabbi Torczyner was honoured by the Ontario Medical Association in 2019 with an award for his Continuing Education classes for medical professionals. Approximately 3000 recordings of Rabbi Torczyner’s classes are available on www.yutorah.org.

Dr. Russell Goldman

Russell Goldman is the Director of the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care and the Inter-Departmental Division of Palliative Care at Sinai Health. Dr. Goldman leads efforts to establish an integrated, clinical and academic palliative care program focusing on innovative care models. He is on various local, regional and provincial advisory committees in which he leverages his clinical expertise to inform palliative care initiatives and policies. In his daily practice and leadership roles, he strives to improve the experiences of patients and families with palliative care needs. Dr. Goldman has over 25 years of experience in providing palliative at home as well as inpatient and outpatient settings. In addition to his training in Family Medicine at the University of Toronto, he completed a Master in Public Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg of Public Health


The Second Part of Crossing The Bridge addresses the emotional and ethical challenges that go along with end of life care, such as prolonging life/delaying death, palliative care, medical assistance in dying, and navigating family tension. Featuring Rabbi Splansky, Rabbi Torczyner, Dr. Russell Goldman and moderated by Naomi Parness.

Rabbi Yael Splansky

Yael Splansky is the Senior Rabbi of Holy Blossom Temple, Toronto's first synagogue.

She currently serves as the President of the Toronto Board of Rabbis, on the Beit Din of the Reform Rabbis of Greater Toronto, on the President's Rabbinic Advisory Council of Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion, and in the Rabbinic Circle of the World Union for Progressive Judaism.

Devoted to Jewish pluralism and life-long learning, Rabbi Splansky is a Rabbinic Fellow of the Hartman Institute of Jerusalem. Committed to building bridges of friendship and understanding among peoples, Rabbi Splansky is part of the Canadian Council of Bishops and Rabbis, and initiated Rings of Peace as a model of solidarity when hate crimes strike houses of faith.

Rabbi Splansky is the editor of Siddur Pirchei Kodesh, a prayerbook enriched by commentaries and poetry.

Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner

Rabbi Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner

Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner served as a pulpit rabbi for a dozen years in the United States, during which time he also served on hospital ethics committees and lectured on medical ethics in local hospitals. Rabbi Torczyner also mentored new pulpit rabbis in synagogues around North America regarding religious and pastoral matters, in a program under the aegis of Yeshiva University.

In 2009, Rabbi Torczyner came to Toronto to establish Beit Midrash Zichron Dov (www.torontotorah.com), a resource for Jewish learning which creates communities around Torah study, for Jews of all affiliations and all levels of background knowledge. Approximately 3000 recordings of Rabbi Torczyner’s classes are available on www.yutorah.org.

Specializing in Medical Ethics, Rabbi Torczyner was honoured by the Ontario Medical Association in 2019 with an award for his Continuing Education classes for medical professionals, which are accredited through the University of Toronto.. Recordings of Rabbi Torczyner’s twelve years of medical ethics continuing education sessions, with a focus on End of Life issues, are available at www.torontotorah.com/nusbaum.

Rabbi Torczyner has also taught continuing education classes for legal professionals, accredited by the Law Society of Ontario, for the past twelve years. In addition, Rabbi Torczyner has taught continuing education classes for financial services professionals, recognized by CPA Ontario, for nearly a dozen years. Many of these sessions relate to End of Life issues including estate planning and powers of attorney for personal care, and are archived at www.yutorah.org.Torczyner served as a pulpit rabbi for a dozen years in the United States, during which time he also served on hospital ethics committees and lectured on medical ethics in local hospitals. Rabbi Torczyner also mentored new pulpit rabbis in synagogues around North America regarding religious and pastoral matters, in a program under the aegis of Yeshiva University.

In 2009, Rabbi Torczyner came to Toronto to establish Beit Midrash Zichron Dov (www.torontotorah.com), a resource for Jewish learning which creates communities around Torah study, for Jews of all affiliations and all levels of background knowledge. Approximately 3000 recordings of Rabbi Torczyner’s classes are available on www.yutorah.org.

Specializing in Medical Ethics, Rabbi Torczyner was honoured by the Ontario Medical Association in 2019 with an award for his Continuing Education classes for medical professionals, which are accredited through the University of Toronto.. Recordings of Rabbi Torczyner’s twelve years of medical ethics continuing education sessions, with a focus on End of Life issues, are available at www.torontotorah.com/nusbaum.

Rabbi Torczyner has also taught continuing education classes for legal professionals, accredited by the Law Society of Ontario, for the past twelve years. In addition, Rabbi Torczyner has taught continuing education classes for financial services professionals, recognized by CPA Ontario, for nearly a dozen years. Many of these sessions relate to End of Life issues including estate planning and powers of attorney for personal care, and are archived at www.yutorah.org.

She has the unique privilege of being a fourth-generation Reform Rabbi and her greatest joy is in raising her three sons, together with her husband, Adam Sol.

Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner

Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner served as a pulpit rabbi for a dozen years in the United States. In 2009, Rabbi Torczyner came to Toronto to establish Beit Midrash Zichron Dov (www.torontotorah.com), a resource for Jewish learning which creates communities around Torah study, for Jews of all affiliations and all levels of background knowledge. Specializing in Medical Ethics, Rabbi Torczyner was honoured by the Ontario Medical Association in 2019 with an award for his Continuing Education classes for medical professionals. Approximately 3000 recordings of Rabbi Torczyner’s classes are available on www.yutorah.org.

Dr. Russell Goldman

Russell Goldman is the Director of the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care and the Inter-Departmental Division of Palliative Care at Sinai Health. Dr. Goldman leads efforts to establish an integrated, clinical and academic palliative care program focusing on innovative care models. He is on various local, regional and provincial advisory committees in which he leverages his clinical expertise to inform palliative care initiatives and policies. In his daily practice and leadership roles, he strives to improve the experiences of patients and families with palliative care needs. Dr. Goldman has over 25 years of experience in providing palliative at home as well as inpatient and outpatient settings. In addition to his training in Family Medicine at the University of Toronto, he completed a Master in Public Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg of Public Health


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