Hadassah In Bind Over Choice of Hospital Rabbi

from The Jerusalem Post:

Hadassah in a bind over choice of institution rabbi

A selection committee of the Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) in Jerusalem is due to decide “within a few days” who will be its next official rabbi.

The official rabbi is in charge of religious decisions and activities on the Ein Kerem and Mount Scopus campuses of the two Hadassah University Medical Centers. Ten rabbis have presented their candidacy.

… The decision is not simple, as the rabbi of the two campuses – with a total of 1,000 hospital beds – has much influence on kashrut policies, the declaration of clinical death, organ donation, autopsies, delivery room practices and other decisions relating to patients.

Within the Hadassah Women’s Zionist Organization of America – owners of the medical centers – there is opposition among the national-religious sector to the appointment of a non-Zionist or even anti-Zionist rabbi who could alienate supporters and make decisions that would upset the general public.