Maimonides Society

 

The Maimonides Society is an honorary society for Jewish members of the Healing Arts professions in Milwaukee, whose purpose is to celebrate the medical/dental professions’ commitment to the Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s principles of fellowship, dedication, and support for Jews throughout the world.  The Society also upholds the Jewish and medical traditions of learning and study by acting as a forum for members to consider ethical, political, and social issues of the medical profession.

Membership is open to any person in the Healing Arts professions (including doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, veterinarians, optometrists, and others) who contribute a minimum gift of $1,800 to the Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Annual Campaign.

The Maimonides Society is named for the great 12th-century Jewish physician and sage, Moses ben Maimon, also known as Rambam. Maimonides’ major contribution to Jewish life remains the Mishneh Torah, his code of Jewish law.   This code became a standard guide to Jewish practice and served as the model for the Shulchan Aruch, the 16th century code of Jewish law. He also wrote the Guide to the Perplexed, one of the great philosophic statements of Judaism, and the Book of Commandments (Sefer haMitzvot), a compilation of the Torah’s 613 commandments.  (Source: Joseph Telushkin. Jewish Literacy. NY: William Morrow and Co., 1991.)

For further information on the Society, please email Shelly M. Sampon at ShellyS@MilwaukeeJewish.org.

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