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What Matters: Caring Conversations About End of Life



Next Group Session is coming soon.

The COVID-19 health crisis has brought major changes to our lives.  The situation gives us the opportunity to start meaningful conversations with our loved ones and other important people in our lives about what matters most to each of us.

We can prepare ahead of any crisis by developing an advance care plan, communicating our health care wishes, and completing New York State documentation. It is important for adults of all ages.


Through a program called WHAT MATTERS, The Shul of New York can provide the opportunity to meet with a trained facilitator to:

  • Consider your healthcare wishes, decide who to designate as your healthcare agent, and communicate your wishes.
  • Start a conversation with family, friends or other important people in your life about their wishes.
  • Complete an advance directive — the New York State Healthcare Proxy, or revisit one you had previously completed.
  • Answer your questions and refer you to needed resources.


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

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.

Here is a recent NY Times article by Dr. Sunita Puri with some questions to get you started.



Questions about What Matters?

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What Matters sessions are also available for Individuals & Couples.

If you are interested in a free, one-on-one conversation with a trained What Matters facilitator please contact Rabbi Eva.


Register for Individual or Group Sessions on the Form Below

Next Group Session is coming soon.


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.

What Matters: Caring Conversations About End of Life

Registration Form


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Sun, June 20 2021 10 Tammuz 5781