Agudath Israel of America created Chayim Aruchim in 2010 to help  those who sadly found themselves in end-of-life situations.  They were often denied care by a growing trend in the medical community to limit or withhold treatment for such patients, often with catastrophic results.  Since its inception Chayim Aruchim has focused on building strong relationships with physicians and medical facilities in an effort to promote greater cultural sensitivity.  This has yielded many positive results adding months and even years of life to cherished members of our society.   The highly trained rabbonim of Chayim Aruchim’s Rabbinic Committee are on call around the clock,  to render decisions in complex medical situations that take into account all applicable halachic and medical factors.

Over 350 Calls each Month

More than 500 patients received care, nutrition, and hydration which helped them live longer.

More than 50 patients were transferred last year to facilities that would care for them in a halachically and culturally sensitive manner.

The newly established Sephardic division provides rabbonim who speak to their specific culture and needs.

“Chayim Aruchim was a shining light in the darkness of the difficult ordeal my family and I just went through with my mother.”

“What impressed me most about Chayim Aruchim was that staff members reached out to me to follow up and see how things were going when they had not heard from me in a while. That’s a level of devotion rare in today’s world.”

“I would like to publicly thank the people at Chayim Aruchim for the holy work they do. They gave support at a time when it was most needed and were a comforting presence when we felt most alone.”

“It’s a tremendously powerful movement, in this country, and I think to impose this value of quality of life has become the sole factor I think it’s incredibly important to have an organization that works on preserving the right to life, which is being taken away now.”

For more information call 718-ARUCHIM (278-2446) or visit