Halachic Organ donor Society, 3926 W. Touhy Ave, Suite #365, Lincolnwood, IL, 60712-1028. Phone: 646-599-3895, Email: office@hods.org

About Hods



To save lives by increasing organ donations from Jews to the general population (Jews and non-Jews alike).


  • To educate Jews about the different halachic and medical issues concerning organ donation.
  • To offer a unique organ donor card that enables Jews to donate organs according to their halachic belief.
  • To provide rabbinic consultation and oversight for cases of organ transplantation.


  • Helped save hundreds of lives.
  • Performed a kiddush Hashem by changing perceptions about Jews regarding organ donation.
  • Educated more than 49,000 people in more than 800 lectures.
  • Recruited more than 300 rabbis to register and carry organ donor cards.
  • Created dozens of rabbinic video testimonials, available at www.hods.org.
  • Raised awareness of halachic support for organ donation by publishing more than 100 articles, editorials, and letters to the editor.

HODS Intervention

A 10-year-old Jewish boy was injured in a car accident in New York City. Upon arrival at the hospital he was declared dead. The HOD Society facilitated consultation with several rabbis and his family ultimately chose organ donation. Eight lives were saved.

A 21 year-old Jewish girl in a New Jersey hospital was stricken with meningitis and declared dead. Her secular parents contacted the HOD Society to learn about the halachic issues surrounding organ donation. The HOD Society enlightened the parents about the different halachic positions. Consequently, the parents donated their child’s organs. Six lives were saved.

Please Help

If you would like to help the HOD Society by volunteering your time or skills, please call
1-646-599-3895 or email office@hods.org

Register Now for a HODS Organ Donor Card

Policy: While the HOD Society encourages donation from deceased donors it recognizes that brain-stem death is not universally accepted as death by all interpretations of Jewish law. As such, the HOD Society respects different halachic opinions, and we offer the Jewish community a unique organ donor card that allows people to choose options that are in accordance with their particular halachic belief.

Disclaimer: The HOD Society is not responsible for any people that meet through its website or staff concerning health, financial, or other liabilities.  The contents of this site are for informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. The use of the HODS Site and the content is at your own risk.

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