Annual Piaker Memorial lecture to feature Rabbi Dr. Edward Reichman on 9/29

The Chabad Center and the Piaker family announced that the annual Pauline and Philip Piaker Memorial Lecture will be held on Thursday, September 29, at 7 pm. Rabbi Dr. Edward Reichman will be the guest speaker; he will present on “It’s a Brave, New World; From Messenger RNA Vaccines to Mitochondrial DNA Genes; The Jewish Approach to the Latest Medical Advances.” A book signing and dessert buffet will follow the presentation. There is no charge, but reservations must be made at or by calling 797-0015.

Reichman is a professor of emergency medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and holds the Rabbi Isaac and Bella Tendler Chair in Jewish Medical Ethics at Yeshiva University. He received his rabbinic ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. In addition to his full-time clinical practice in emergency medicine at Montefiore Medical Center, Reichman lectures internationally on Jewish medical ethics and Jewish medical history. He has edited numerous books, penned many book chapters and journal articles, and recently wrote “The Anatomy of Jewish Law: A Fresh Dissection of the Relationship of Medicine, Medical History and Rabbinic Literature” (Koren Publishers/OU Press/YU Press, 2022) and “Pondering Pre-Modern(a) Pandemics in Jewish History: Essays Inspired by and Written during the COVID-19 Pandemic by an Emergency Medicine Physician” (Shikey Press, 2022).

Reichman is the recipient of a Kornfeld Foundation Study Fellowship, was elected to the Davidoff Society for excellence in medical teaching at Einstein and was awarded the Outstanding Mentor Award at Yeshiva University. He has served on the advisory boards of the New York Organ Donor Network, Center for Genetics and Public Policy, the Program for Jewish Genetic Health at Einstein, and the Rabbinical Council of America.

“Dr. Reichman is the perfect speaker to bring at this precise moment. Along with his wealth of knowledge and hands-on experience in the medical field, he brings a rare erudition coupled with enthusiasm to his presentations and an optimism that is downright infectious. I have been privileged to hear him present many times and I cannot wait to hear him again. I know that all who attend will agree with me!” commented Rivkah Slonim.