Register to Receive Plaza Blog Posts


‘End of life’ takes the national stage. See what Plaza is doing to support this conversation

The ‘End of life’ conversation reached a whole new level when Medicare began covering end of life conversations between health professionals and their patients, starting in January of this year (2016).
Now, one month later, in front of a national audience, at a recent town hall meeting, an 81 year old terminally ill man named Jim Kinhan, introduced as a Clinton supporter, courageously asked Clinton a question about ‘death with dignity’ – which is part of the broader conversation about end of life options.  Clinton who was candid in saying, she had never been asked that question before, also said “I really appreciate your asking the question”. “…And I thank you for it, because we need to have a conversation in our country.”
Plaza, aware of this need, proudly launched two initiatives in 2015 which will meaningfully contribute to end of life conversations moving forward. See details on these two Plaza awarded grants below:

    1. What Matters: Caring Conversations About End of Life.
      Plaza Jewish Community Chapel has awarded a grant to three Jewish organizations to work together to increase awareness of advance care planning and end-of-life decision-making. JCC Manhattan, The Center for Pastoral Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary, and Jewish Home Lifecare are collaborating on a project that will inspire conversation and study to equip individuals to complete advance health care directives.


  1. Can We Talk?
    Plaza Jewish Community Chapel, Inc. has awarded a grant to the Westchester End-of-Life Coalition to support Can We Talk?, an educational program for Jewish congregational leaders in Westchester County to promote conversations about advance care planning for health care in a Jewish context with their congregants. The program’s goal is to improve the end-of-life experience for Jewish congregants in Westchester by encouraging and facilitating advance care planning conversations and documentation.

As momentum continues to build, Plaza will continue to help support End of life conversations, as it take its rightful place in mainstream healthcare.
Click here to read Washington Post article on CNN’s democratic forum in Derry, N.H., on Feb. 3.

Categories: End of Life Care and Planning, Plaza Grants


Speak to a Funeral DirectorCommunity Outreach ProgramsGeneral Inquiy