Organ donation a Jew's 'greatest mitzvah'

Winnipeg Free Press | By: Sharon Chisvin

Since its founding in 1887, the National Council of Jewish Women has spearheaded a variety of social causes and campaigns aimed at improving the lives of Canadians from all backgrounds. These initiatives have included raising awareness about human trafficking, elder abuse and the importance of screening for genetic disease, as well as children's book and holiday food drives.

Most recently, the organization has focused on advocating for organ donation.

The council "is a voluntary organization, which, in the spirit of Judaism, is dedicated to furthering human welfare in the Jewish and general communities," explains Maia Kredentser, a member of the Winnipeg section and chairwoman of its organ-donor program.

The organization uses an integrated program of education, service and social action in order to help meet a variety of unfulfilled needs across Canada.

"Organ donation," Kredentser says, "is certainly an unmet need. There are simply not enough donors for the number of people who require life-saving transplants. " Continue reading