History

The Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem has been operating since 1902 with the goals of providing the finest medical treatment, offering care to all, and ensuring the observance of halacha (Jewish law) within the hospital. Throughout over a century of operation, the medical center has faithfully lived up to these ideals.

The Dr. Falk Schlesinger Institute for Medical-Halachic Research was founded in 1966 under the auspices of Shaare Zedek, imbuing our professional pursuits with the spirit of Torah. This was the philosophy of the hospital’s second director-general, after whom the Institute is named, and it remains the Institute’s guiding principle.

The Schlesinger Institute is dedicated to the halachic approach of medical ethics. Through the scholarship and expertise of leading rabbis, doctors and others, the Institute aims to research and resolve the halachic issues that emerge as medicine progresses, to consider their medical, halachic, legal and ethical ramifications, and to present practical responses.