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These articles, which deal with organ donation, are listed by how relevanct they are to understanding the halachic and medical debate. Please note that not all the articles are written by halachic authorities and that some are in Hebrew.

  1. LifeSharers
    LifeSharers is a non-profit voluntary network of organ donors that offers its members preferrred access to the organs of other members.
  2. Donor Alliance
    “Say yes to organ and tissue donation.”
  3. Why Families Say No to Organ Donation
    Article in Critical Care Nurse
  4. Organdonor.gov
    U.S. Government Information on Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation
  5. United Network for Organ Sharing
    “To advance organ availability and transplantation by uniting and supporting its communities for the benefit of patients through education, technology and policy development.”
  6. TransWeb
    “All About Transplantation and Donation.”
  7. Donate Life
    What you need to know about donating organs and transplantation.
  8. The Alisa Flatow Memorial Scholarship Fund
    Dedicated to the memory of Alisa Flatow, an Orthodox Jewish 20 year-old student, whose organs were donated after she was killed in Israel during her year of study on April 9, 1995.
  9. Jewish Law – Halachic Forms
    Orthodox Union

  10. The Dr. Falk Schlesinger Institute for Medical-Halachic Research
    of the Shaare Zedek Medical Center
  11. Organ Donation: Don’t Let Myths Stand in your Way
  12. Schneider Children’s Medical Center of Israel
    Medical Development for Israel Inc. is the not-for-profit 501(c)(3) support organization for the Schneider Children’s Medical Center of Israel. Schneider Children’s Medical Center of Israel is the only comprehensive, highly specialized care hospital of its kind in the country and in the Middle East, dedicated exclusively to the well-being of all children and adolescents. Israels National Center for Transplantation oversees the coordination of donors and recipients and works in close cooperation with all the countrys hospitals.
  13. American Transplant Foundation
    The facts about organ and tissue donation; learn more about living organ donation and what it takes to become a living donor.
  14. American Liver Foundation
    The American Liver Foundation (ALF) is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization promoting liver health and disease prevention
  15. The Israeli National Association of Kidney Transplantees and Dialysis Patients
    The Association is a voluntary non-profit organization and is recorded as such by the appropriate Israeli Governmental agency (“Rasham ha-amutot”). The main objective of the Association is to help its members in all fields related to their conditions.
  16. Save 1 Person
    Founded by Laurie Finkelstein the organization’s goal is to spread its message of kindness to all media outlets around the world.
  17. Renewal
    Renewal is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting people suffering fromvarious forms of kidney disease. We are a multi-faceted proactive team that is dedicated to saving lives through kidney donation.
  18. ADI – Israel’s National Transplant Center
    The National Transplant Center is the sole organization in Israel in which registration fortransplant is done and by means of which the allocation (distribution) of the organs for. Click here to register for an ADI card, Israel’s organ donor card.
  19. Support for living donors and recipients bereaved by a transplant
    A new international support group intended primarily for those who were involved in a living transplant as either a donor or a recipient, and suffered the loss of the other person as a consequence of the surgery.
  20. A List of Organizations Related to Donation & Transplantation
    Organdonor.gov provides a list broken down by organs, tissues, blood donation, and related health organizations.
  21. National Kidney Registry
    An organization that works to facilitate living donor transplants.
  22. Blood donation
    This article provides information about blood donation and other information about blood.
  23. What Kidney Donors Need to Know: Before, During and After Donating a Kidney
    Produced by Johns Hopkins Medicine. Nephrologist Karl Womer discusses live kidney donors, including the evaluation process and qualifications to become a donor, common misconceptions, medical concerns, and long term effects of kidney donation.
  24. Organ Donation Information for the United Kingdom
    The key role of the Organ Donation and Transplantation Directorate is to ensure that organs donated for transplant are matched and allocated to patients in a fair and unbiased way. Matching, particularly in the case of kidneys, is so important that donation and allocation needs to be organised nationally. The larger the pool of organs, the better the likelihood there is of a good match.
  25. Religious Perspectives
    All the major religions support the principles of organ donation and transplantation. However, within each religion there are different schools of thought, which means that views may differ. All the major religions accept that organ donation is an individual choice.  The National Health Service of the United Kingdom has worked closely with re ligious leaders of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism to research and produce a series of leaflets explaining organ donation and religious viewpoints and principles.   Click on each religion to view and/or download the relating leaflet.
  26. Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS)
    The ANZICS Committee on Death and Organ Donation Represents the Society’s interests in matters related to brain death, organ and tissue donation and organ donation after cardiac death (DCD).  They have developed a statement on Death and Donation as well as The National (Australian) Protocol for Donation after Cardiac Death  This protocol for donation after cardiac death has also been prepared in an easier to read version entitled Donation after Cardiac Death Plain Language Statement.
  27. OPTN (Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network) – National Organ Transplantation Act
    To address the nation’s critical organ donation shortage and improve the organ matching and placement process, the U.S. Congress passed the National Organ Transplant Act (NOTA) in 1984. The act established the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) to maintain a national registry for organ matching. The act also called for the network to be operated by a private, non-profit organization under federal contract.  The current U.S. Code that has resulted from NOTA and its amendments can be found here  – US Code Title 42, Section 273.
  28. American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) – THE INDEPENDENT VOICE OF KIDNEY PATIENTS SINCE 1969™
    AAKP provides patient-centered education, advocacy for improved access to high-quality health care through regulatory and legislative reform at the federal level, and promotes community – targeting the need for awareness and promotion of local patient support groups.
  29. VideoDonor.com
    A collection of inspirational videos, funny videos, and education videos that is intended to educate people about the importance of becoming an Organ Donor. Individuals can upload videos to Video Donor about their story regarding organ donation. Some people consider the website to be a miniature video search engine where video sharing about educational and motivations videos that teach individuals just how many lives becoming an organ donor can save.