IVF, egg freezing and Jewish law in the spotlight
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JOFA AUSTRALIA

IVF, egg freezing and Jewish law in the spotlight

JOFA Australia is hosting an online event at 7pm tonight (Thursday) dedicated to understanding the nuanced Jewish law and halachic requirements of IVF and egg freezing.

Michal Roness.
Michal Roness.

The Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance Australia (JOFA) is hosting an online event at 7pm tonight (Thursday) dedicated to understanding the nuanced Jewish law and halachic requirements of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and egg freezing.

The discussion will involve Australian-Israeli Yoetzet Halacha Michal Roness, a halachic fertility counsellor at Midreshet Nishmat, Sydney IVF mashgicha [Jewish law supervisor] Michelle Eisenberg and former Melburnian Mina Cohen, who recently decided to freeze her eggs.

Roness, who made aliyah from Australia in 1996 and lives in Beit Shemesh, has taken on a leading role in answering questions on Nishmat’s Golda Koschitzky hotline and coordinating the Nishmat’s Yoatzot Halacha Research Institute which published the first volume of Nishmat Habayit.

Eisenberg will share details of her role as an IVF mashgicha at different labs across NSW.

Cohen, a Melburnian now living in Los Angeles, will also be sharing her story about why she recently decided to freeze her eggs on a recent trip back to Melbourne.

JOFA Australia president Nomi Kaltmann said, “Science has moved very quickly in this area and it is important to keep up to date with the latest understanding of how Jewish law understands these new technologies so that people are informed and each one can make important decisions about their life.”

To register for the free event, email Nomi at nomi@jofa.org

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