The Jewish Theological Seminary, in Cooperation With HBO, to Sponsor Screening of How to Die in Oregon and Post-Screening Conversation With the Director and Subjects From the Documentary

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April 14, 2011, New York, NY

The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), in cooperation with HBO, will sponsor a screening of the award-winning HBO documentary film, How to Die in Oregon, at our campus at 3080 Broadway (at 122nd Street) in New York City on Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. The film is being presented under the auspices of the Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies of JTS. Admission to the screening is free, but reservations are required. RSVP online at Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to allow sufficient time for registration, and have photo ID available. A panel discussion featuring the documentary’s director, Peter D. Richardson, and subjects from the documentary will follow.

How to Die in Oregon, winner of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Award, explores the state’s historic and controversial Death with Dignity Act, which legalized physician-assisted suicide for some terminally ill patients in 1994. Director Peter Richardson’s moving, nonfiction film tells the intimate stories of patients and their families as they struggle over the decision to end their lives by lethal overdose. The film is being screened at JTS as a further exploration into the field of bioethics, an important component of the work of the Louis Finkelstein Institute. Physician-assisted suicide or, more broadly, physician-assisted dying is currently one of the most significant issues in that field.

Since 1938, the Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies has maintained an innovative interfaith and intergroup relations program that emphasizes conversation among diverse communities. The program’s ability to unite voices from different academic, social, and religious communities has resulted in unique conferences and interfaith cooperation, and brought the relevance of Judaism and other religions to prominence on a myriad of issues, including bioethics as it pertains to Jewish law.

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