All four branches of Judaism (Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, and Reconstructionist) support and encourage donation.  According to Orthodox Rabbi Moses Tendler, Chairman of the Biology Department of Yeshiva University in New York City and Chairman of Bioethics Commission of the Rabbinical Council of America, “If one is in the position to donate an organ to save another’s life, it’s obligatory to do so, even if the donor never knows who the beneficiary will be. 

The basic principle of Jewish ethics — “the infinite worth of the human being” — also includes donation of corneas, since eyesight restoration is considered a life-saving operation.”  In 1991, the Rabbinical Council of America (Orthodox) approved organ donations as permissible, even required, from brain-dead patients.  Both the Reform and Conservative movements also have policy statements strongly supporting donation.

Give the gift of life by registering to be an organ, eye and tissue donor.