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Rockleigh Jewish Home, Closter Temple Screen 'Being Mortal'

"Being Mortal," based on Dr. Atul Gawande's book, will run in Closter on May 9.
"Being Mortal," based on Dr. Atul Gawande's book, will run in Closter on May 9. Photo Credit: contributed

CLOSTER, N.J. -- The Jewish Home Family and Temple Emanu-El of Closter will host a free screening and discussion of the PBS "Frontline" documentary "Being Mortal," on Monday, May 9.

The film is based on the best-selling book by Dr. Atul Gawande. It explores the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness, and their relationships with the doctors, nurses and family members who care for them.

"The film investigates the practice of caring for the dying, and shows how doctors -- myself included -- are often remarkably untrained, ill-suited and uncomfortable talking about chronic illness and death with their patients," Gawande describes.

A panel discussion with community experts on the subject matter will follow, moderated by Carol Silver Elliott, president and CEO of the Jewish Home Family. The panelists will be Dr. Harvey Gross, medical director, Jewish Home at Rockleigh; Dr. Steven Landers, president and CEO of the Visiting Nurse Association Health Group; Linda Farber Post, director of bioethics at Hackensack University Medical Center; and Rabbi Alex Freedman, assistant rabbi of Temple Emanu-El.

The screening will begin at at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 180 Piermont Rd., in Closter. To learn more, email or visit the Jewish Home Family's Facebook page.

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