Maimonides Brunch@Home to explore vaccines

By Stephanie Goodling
HAKOL Editor

The Maimonides Society of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley is hosting their next Brunch@Home, “VACCINES: History, Ethics and COVID-19,” on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 11 a.m. via Zoom. Attendees are invited to bring their own brunch while watching the presentation, which is free and open to all.

The panel of speakers will include Dr. Jeffrey Jahre, senior vice president of medical and academic affairs and chief emeritus of infectious disease at St. Luke’s University Health Network and a Maimonides member, who will talk about the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines. Rabbi Moshe Re’em of Temple Beth El in Allentown will also speak about the ethics surrounding vaccines. The third panelist will be Dr. Hilary Koprowski III, who will tell the story of his grandfather who was a Polish virologist and immunologist active in the U.S. who demonstrated the world’s first effective live polio vaccine.

Dr. Bill Markson, president of the Maimonides Society, invites all in the community to attend.

“Vaccination against the coronavirus is so important for us to see and hug each other again,” said Markson. “Our choice is get the virus or get the vaccine. This program will help give context to treatment of viral illnesses, our current dilemma and the path toward normalcy.”

Markson promised “both medical and non-medical folks will learn something from these terrific speakers.”

To register for the free Zoom event, click here or call 610-821-5500.