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Saving a Life: Judaism's View of Organ Donation
In Kidney to Share, Martha Gershun tells the story of her decision to donate a kidney to a stranger.

Throughout the book, she and co-author Dr. John D. Lantos explore the complex donations process, as well as the steps involved in recovering and allocating organs, asking us to consider just how far society should go in using one person's healthy body parts in order to save another person.

Join her in conversation with AJU’s Rabbi Elliot Dorff and Dr. Ron Wolfson, to discuss her decision, and explore Judaism’s perspective on organ donations.

Jun 1, 2021 06:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Martha Gershun
Martha Gershun (www.marthagershun.com) has over 40 years of leadership experience in Fortune 500 corporations, start-up ventures, and non-profit organizations, retiring as Executive Director of Jackson County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) in 2017. As Principal of MG Consulting, she currently provides marketing, board development, leadership transition, and strategy consulting services to non-profit clients around the country. In September 2018 Gershun donated a kidney at the Mayo Clinic to Deb Porter Gill, a woman she read about in the Kansas City Jewish Chronicle. She co-authored Kidney to Share (Cornell University Press, May 2021), with John Lantos, M.D. to help readers understand both the scientific discoveries that made transplantation relatively safe and effective and the barriers that make it difficult and expensive to donate a kidney. Gershun graduated with a B.A. cum laude from Harvard University and holds an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.