On November 12, NJ Sharing Network kicked off National Donor Sabbath weekend with an interactive online “Donation and Faith” panel discussion that brought together faith leaders from New Jersey. The discussion focused on why most major religions in the United States support organ and tissue donation as an unselfish act of charity. A recording of the panel discussion is posted online on NJ Sharing Network’s Facebook page and at www.YouTube.com/NJSharingNetwork.
Rabbi Ari Lucas of Congregation Agudath Israel of Caldwell was among the panelists. He said, “Organ and tissue donation is supported by all major streams of Judaism. Many in our synagogue community have been profoundly affected by the generosity of people who gave and they are the greatest preachers of the importance of this because they are living testaments to the value of organ and tissue donation.”
Rev. Dr. Marilyn M. Harris of the First Baptist Church of Teaneck also was a panelist.
National Donor Sabbath, observed every November, seeks to educate faith-based communities across the country about the critical need for organ and tissue donation, and the vital role faith plays in making the decision to register as a donor. For National Donor Sabbath tools and other resources go to NJSharingNetwork.org/donor-sabbath.