Hirshberg Lederman to share compassionate message with society of healers division


Society of Healers Director


                On Sunday, Aug. 28th the Federation’s Society of Healers division will hold its opening event for the 2017 campaign year, with a discussion from guest speaker, Amy Hirshberg Lederman. Her talk, 'Compassionate Medicine, Compassionate Judaism: How Jewish Values Inspire Best Practices and Enhance Patient Relationships will no doubt be a very moving and informative one.
                Hirshberg Lederman's heartfelt talk comes from personal experience and a desire to see successful patient/caregiver relationships. "When my husband, Ray, was diagnosed with cancer in November, 2011, we became a team and faced everything together," she explained. "Because he was a doctor, we had the additional advantage and often anxiety, of understanding only too well what certain things really meant. The most important aspect of Ray's care came from the doctors who turned ordinary moments and conversations into extraordinary ones because they were fully present to our concerns, issues and fears. Humanistic medical care can turn best medical practices into best Jewish practices, enhancing the doctor-patient relationship and life itself," she added.
                Hirshberg Lederman will also offer a stronger understanding of humanistic medicine during her presentation. "Humanistic medical care is not simply compassionate medical care as It combines the best of medicine with the deepest power of healing: the power of life-affirming relationships," she said.
                 Last April, SOH hosted bioethicist, Dr. Alissa Hurwitz Swota, and the healthcare professionals appreciated her candid and informative presentation, which offered practical and useful advice and suggestions that they could implement in their daily work environments. This time around division co-chairs Dina and Howard Fetner, along with the SOH committee are looking forward to yet another beneficial talk, with a theme which will resonate with those in attendance.
                “Amy has a beautiful message to share and we encourage you to attend this program to laugh, learn and enjoy each other’s company," Dina Fetner said. "Regardless of your specialty, it is our hope that guests will leave this event with at least one takeaway which will enable them to improve their day-to-day interactions with patients and their families.”
                The brunch before the talk will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will be graciously hosted by Dr. Fred and Sue Eaglstein. The Eaglestein's consider supporting our Jewish community to be a top priority through their involvement with Federation as Sue is a Lion of Judah and on the women’s division steering committee.
                The event is $18, and a dairy brunch will be served with an option for a kosher meal with an advanced request. To RSVP for this program, go to jewishjacksonville.org/augSOH or call 904-448-5000, ext. 209. For more information about this event or general Society of Healers inquiries, contact Erin Cohen at 904-448-5000, ext. 205 or at erinc@jewishjacksonville.org