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As Time Goes By: Aging and End of Life Panel Discussion

Thursday, May 26, 2022 25 Iyyar 5782

8:00 PM - 9:30 PMIn Person and Zoom
Past Sessions
Thursday, May 12, 2022 11 Iyyar 5782 - 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM - In Person and Zoom
Thursday, May 5, 2022 4 Iyyar 5782 - 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM - In Person and Zoom

As Time Goes By: Aging and End of Life Panel Discussion

Thursdays, May 5, 12, 26, 8:00 p.m.

  • As my loved one ages and I need to plan for them, what do I need to be thinking about?
  • What conversations do I need to be having?
  • When is the right time to talk about death and dying?
  • What are the legal, medical, moral and spiritual dimensions of this conversation?

Join Rabbi Brusso with Jordana Bel (née Kozupsky), Arielle Friedtanzer, and Mara Lugassy for a series of conversations about end of life.


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Dr. Mara Lugassy is the Palliative Medicine Section Chief at Westchester Medical Center where she holds joint appointments in the Departments of Medicine and Neurology, and Clinical Assistant Professor at New York Medical College. Prior to assuming these roles, she served as the Hospice Medical Director and Vice President of Medical Affairs at MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care in New York City, and on the faculty of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. As a board-certified Hospice and Palliative Care Physician, Dr. Lugassy has particular expertise in addressing quality of life concerns and goals of care in the setting of advanced illness, and is a frequent speaker and writer on the topic. She is a current member of the Bet Torah, and resides in Yorktown, NY with her husband and three children. 


Jordana Bel (nee Kozupsky) is a Geriatric and Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner at Phelps Hospital in Tarrytown, where she sees patients with terminal illnesses in the home, outpatient, and hospital settings. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, she worked as a nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and at Mt. Sinai. Her interests lie in creatively optimizing symptom management in terminal illness to give her patients the best quality of life, and counseling families on preparing for the sequelae of advanced illness. Jordana grew up in Chappaqua as a member of Bet Torah and currently resides in Croton-on-Hudson with her husband and two young boys.

Arielle Friedtanzer

Arielle Friedtanzer, M.A., has spent the last three years trying to convince people of all ages that talking about death will not make it happen any sooner. Trained as an interfaith chaplain with a background in Judaic Studies, Bioethics, and Social Work, Arielle traveled around the country with her husband, Abraham, for nearly 20 months, bringing conversations about death, grief, and advanced care planning to individuals, communities, and professionals of all ages and background. When life took a virtual turn due to COVID-19, Arielle developed and hosted a weekly Facebook Live series, Millennials and Mortality Mondays, and began facilitating virtual memorials and celebrations of life. Arielle is determined to reduce the stigma around aging and the fear of death by helping people have these thoughtful conversations early and often, and she feels tremendous privilege in being present with individuals and families during these difficult, but intimate moments. While they have settled in Los Angeles, Arielle and Abe feel so grateful to be welcomed  into the Bet Torah community virtually and when they visit Abe’s parents, Nancy and Donald, who have become superstar members since joining in 2015.

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