Welcome to the Jewish Pro-Life Foundation

Welcome to the Jewish Pro-Life Foundation

Welcome to the Jewish Pro-Life FoundationWelcome to the Jewish Pro-Life FoundationWelcome to the Jewish Pro-Life Foundation

Rabbis Defending Life

Our Mission


The Jewish Pro-Life Foundation is a 501(c)(3) educational organization. 

Since 2006, we have been saving Jewish lives by promoting life saving solutions to unplanned pregnancy in the Jewish community. We provide education about the development, viability and sanctity of unborn life, as well as traditional Jewish law regarding abortion.  We inspire Jews to welcome pre-born Jewish children into the inclusive movement of modern Jewish life and religion. We also provide adoption and pregnancy care referrals.  We teach our community about the harmful effects of abortion, and provide support to Jewish women and men who suffer from post abortion syndrome.  

The Jewish Pro-Life Foundation is not affiliated with any Jewish denomination, political organization, or the messianic movement.

Deuteronomy 30:19   

"I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, 

that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse; 

therefore, choose life, that you may live, you and your seed."

Our Work



We work with Jews to grow their families through the joy and mitzvah of adoption. 

Community Education


It is of vital importance that the Jewish community learn about abortion. We offer  traditional Jewish views on abortion, the effects of abortion on the Jewish community, and the ways concerned Jews can promote life saving alternatives.

Post Abortion


Emotional and spiritual healing after abortion. Following the work of Maimonides, the program offers a structured pathway for t'shuvah (Repentence) and refuah (Healing). 

Our Resources

Pro-Life Video Library


Videos that inform and inspire.

Jewish Spirituality


Our Pro-Life Tradition

Document Library


A Wealth of Information

Our Team

Cecily Routman, President


Cecily founded the Jewish Pro-Life Foundation in 2006. A native of Pittsburgh, she was Bat Mitzvah at then conservative synagogue Beth Samuel Jewish Center and obtained her MSW from the University of Pittsburgh. Cecily is a member of Congregation Ahavath Achim, a traditional synagogue located in Carnegie, PA, and resides in the Pittsburgh area with her husband, Tom.

Rabbi David Novak,Vice President


Rabbi Novak is President of the Union for Traditional Judaism  which he co-founded in 1983. Since 1997, Dr. Novak holds the J. Richard and Dorothy Shiff Chair of Jewish Studies as Professor of Religion and Philosophy in the University of Toronto, where he is a member of University College and the Joint Centre for Bioethics. Rabbi Novak's Bio and Curriculum Vitae 

Does Natural Law Need Theology?

First Things November 2019

Rabbi Shlomo Nachman ben Ya'akov


Rabbi Shlomo Nachman ben Ya'akov is an Chassidic (Breslov) Sephardic Jew and Rabbi Yoreh Yoreh, Yadin Yadin. He also holds an MA in WorldReligious Studies, an Interfaith Counseling degree and other

achievements. He is the owner/author of LearnEmunah.com and offers weekly live Jewish broadcasts and services. Having lost his first child to infanticide he takes this issue seriously. As Torah says: Choose life

so that you and your offspring will live. (Deuteronomy 30:15-20)

Mary Margaret (Peggy) Baxter MS, RN-BC


Peggy has been employed for over 45 years in various healthcare environments, including  critical care, mental health, corrections, and military service.  She is board certified in Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing. In October 2015, she was commissioned as a Faith Community Nurse.

Tom Kimmerle, Treasurer


Tom earned a BA in Early Childhood Development from the  University of Pittsburgh. He is a math wiz and
common sense guru.


May there be abundant peace from Heaven, 

and good life upon us and upon all Israel. Amen. 

Privacy Statement

The Jewish Pro-Life Foundation respect the privacy of every individual who contacts us by phone, email, or the postal service. We guard with great care the anonymity of every recipient of our services as well as donors and volunteers.
Be assured that any contact with us will be held in the strictest confidence.