Rabbi Joseph Ozarowski and Mindy Moline Botbol will provide a more informal discussion on the more practical matters of advanced directives, end of life choices for individuals and families, the role and meaning of Shiva in contemporary life, etc.

Rabbi Dr. Joseph S. Ozarowski is an educator, prolific author, and board-certified chaplain. He serves as Rabbinic Counselor and Jewish Chaplaincy Services Chaplain for and is the immediate past president of the Chicago Board of Rabbis and currently serves as a national officer of Neshama: The Association of Jewish Chaplains. He is the author of To Walk in God’s Ways: Jewish Pastoral Perspectives on Illness and Bereavement.

Mindy Moline Botbol is the managing funeral director for Shalom Memorial Funeral Home in Arlington Heights. She is a past president of Jewish Funeral Directors of America. She is currently the president of Moriah Congregation in Deerfield and previously served as president of United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism-Midwest Region and is a is a frequent speaker about Jewish funeral practices and advisor to local burial societies.

Part of Scientists in Synagogues, run by Sinai and Synapses in consultation with the AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion, and primarily funded by the John Templeton Foundation.