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Rabbi Gideon Weitzman

Rabbi Gideon Weitzman

Rabbi Gideon Weitzman, Director of PUAH Institute, heads the organization's English Speaking Section for Fertility and Medicine in Accordance with Halacha (Jewish Law).

Born in Britain, Rabbi Weitzman studied at the Beit El Rabbinic Seminary and earned his Rabbinic Ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. Upon completion of his studies, he founded and chaired the Kansas City Community Kollel (Center of Adult Learning). Subsequently, Rabbi Weitzman returned to Israel and was invited to join the staff of Puah Institute.

Rabbi Weitzman is a Visiting Associate Principal in the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. As a regular contributor to the annual halachic compendium Techumin, his articles include: "The Methods of Sperm Extraction and their Relevance in the Eyes of the Halacha" and "Tubal Ligation for a Woman Undergoing IVF." Rabbi Weitzman also published scholarly papers in medical journals including: "Genetic Counseling for the Orthodox Jewish Couple Undergoing Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis" published in the Journal of Genetic Counseling and "Withdrawal of Life Sustaining Treatment for Newborn Infants from a Jewish Perspective" published in the Journal of Early Human Development.

Rabbi Weitzman has lectured at major organizations such as National Council of Young Israel, the Rabbinic Council of California, Agudas Yisroel of America, as well as at academic forums such as the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Columbia Medical Center, and Cornell Medical Center, and at the PUAH Institute Conference on "Clinical and Torah Perspectives on Intimacy and Fertility." In his presentations, Rabbi Weitzman demonstrates the synthesis between medicine and Jewish medical ethics.