What Matters: Caring Conversations About End of Life

Learn more about What Matters and advance care planning at this free presentation/conversation:

Monday October 19, 6:30-8:30 pm - REGISTER HERE       

What Matters is a New York Jewish community initiative—now being launched at CBST—focused on advance care planning. It enables, empowers, and encourages individuals to think about, plan for, and take steps to ensure that their health care wishes will be known, respected, and honored. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought major changes to all our lives—and has underscored concerns about receiving the medical care we would need and want if we become seriously ill.

In these uncertain times, one thing we can control is who will speak for us if we become unable to speak for ourselves. What happens if you are no longer able to make health care decisions on your own behalf? 

Thinking about the end of our lives provides us with an extraordinary opportunity to have deep conversations about what matters most—our hopes, our values—what makes our lives meaningful. Making your wishes known can be uplifting and rewarding—and make a difficult situation easier for your loved ones.

Questions about What Matters? Contact us at WhatMatters@CBST.org.

Register here for a What Matters group presentation/conversation on October 19, 2020, from 6:30-8:30PM, led by CBST What Matters facilitators Judy Ribnick, Kenneth Karpel, and Rachel Kunstadt, Director of Adult Jewish Learning at The Center for Jewish Living at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan. (open to all; limited to 20).

CBST members can also sign up for a free, one-on-one conversation with a trained What Matters facilitator by emailing: WhatMatters@CBST.org.

It’s never the right time – so why not do it now

What Matters: Caring Conversations About End of Life is a collaboration between the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, The New Jewish Home, and the Center for Pastoral Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary, made possible by Plaza Jewish Community Chapel, Inc. and support from UJA-Federation of New York. This initiative builds upon Respecting Choices, a program with proven success nationwide. In La Crosse, WI, where Respecting Choices began, 96 percent of the residents have an advance care plan; the national average is 25 percent.