Scotch Plains temple has program on organ donation

From left, Temple Sholom Cantor Darcie Sharlein, Nancie Rothman (one of the founders of Hearts for Emma), and Sue Quiroga (of the NJ Sharing Network) all led an enlightening educational program about organ and tissue donation at Temple Sholom. (Courtesy of Sue Quiroga
"You have the power to save lives!". That was the message that shined through at Temple Sholom in Scotch Plains on April 30, regarding the need for organ and tissue donation.

"Whoever saves a life, it is as if that person has saved an entire world", states the Talmud, a Jewish Rabbinical text. Cantor Darcie Sharlein explained how that is not merely hyperbole. "Within each of us is a world" stated Sharlein. When one saves a life, "It is that person's whole world, it's their family, it's their community" that is being positively affected, she said.

"The greatest value in Judaism is life", said Sharlein. "We are commanded to save life".

The program was put together by the Rothman family and NJ Sharing Network. Emma Rothman, who was 12 years old when she received a heart transplant over six years ago, coauthored and appears in an award winning video, called "You Have the POWER to Save Lives". The video has been shown in 78 schools and has reached 21,500 students through the beginning of April thus far this school year alone. The video can be viewed online at

The Rothman family started Hearts for Emma, a 501(c)3 "I know firsthand how important organ and tissue donation are, and my family and I do everything we can to spread that message" said Emma Rothman. Continue reading

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