Getting Your House in Order During COVID-19
May 19 , 2020/Category

Our CRS initiative, What Matters: Caring Conversations About End of Life, focuses on the importance of advance care planning and notably as it is applied in the Jewish community. The COVID-19 health crisis has brought major changes to our lives, but the situation also gives us the opportunity to start meaningful conversations with our loved ones and other important people in our lives about what matters most to each of us.

On Sunday, May 17, the What Matters Committee held its first town hall, Getting Your House in Order During COVID-19. The panelists included Rabbi Robert Levine who talked with: Stephanie Garry, Chief Administrative Officer, Plaza Community Chapel and CRS congregant; Dr. Nathan Goldstein, Site-Chair, Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Care Mount Sinai Downtown; and Barbara Keller, Elder Law Attorney and member of our What Matters team. They discussed the spiritual, practical, and legal dimensions of preparing for the death of a loved one during the coronavirus pandemic.

Watch the recording below:

What Matters presents: Getting Your House in Order During COVID-19

What Matters presents: Getting Your House in Order During COVID-19

Posted by Congregation Rodeph Sholom on Sunday, May 17, 2020

To hear an audio-only version of the talk, click here:

The What Matters Committee is equipped to help you prepare ahead of any crisis. It is important to make your wishes known in the event that you can no longer speak for yourself. We’ll show you how to develop your health care proxy—how to make an advance care plan, communicate your health care wishes, and complete the New York State documentation.

To contact the Committee, email

We are offering further opportunities for you to learn about this continual process:


This is a one-hour Zoom session run by What Matters Facilitators. We will go through the necessary steps of selecting a health care agent, filling out a health care proxy, having the conversations to specify and share your wishes about your health care and end-of-life decisions with your agent, loved ones, doctors, lawyers, and those who should have this information.

To register, click on the date you would like to attend:
WED, MAY 20 at 7:30 PM
WED, MAY 27 at 2:00 PM
SUN, JUN 7 at 2:00 PM


This is an opportunity to follow up with a What Matters Facilitator in a one-on-one session. To set up a time, please email:


NYS Healthcare Proxy Form