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Ethical Leadership in the Public Square

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RRA Convention Ethics Plenary: Case Studies From the #MeToo Movement with Rabbi Mira Wasserman

Within and beyond the Jewish community, victims and survivors of sexual harassment and other institutional abuses of power are telling their stories. How can Jewish texts and traditions guide our responses to this #metoo moment, helping us to act with justice and compassion? This session will combine Hevruta study of classical Jewish texts and small-group discussions of case studies.



The Torah of #MeToo

A collection of curated ethical questions and responses from victims, scholars, leaders, rabbis, journalists and community members in the #MeToo movement. This “crowdsourced responsa” resource expresses the wisdom that emerges from communal conversation and lived experience, calling for a new kind of ethical guidance that reimagines authority and expertise.

2019 Conference: Jewish Values & the Ethical Now: A Conference in Celebration of Rabbi David A. Teutsch, Ph.D. 

This conference brought leading Jewish ethicists into conversation with the students and colleagues of Rabbi David A. Teutsch, Ph.D., who engage ethics in their work as rabbis, leaders, and professionals. It was a great success.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Seminar A: Leadership, Power, and Gender
Louis E. Newman, Ph.D.“Elements of a Jewish Ethic of Leadership”
Ruth W. Messinger Leadership and Moral Courage”
Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D. Digging Trenches and Digging Wells”
Rabbi Georgette Kennebrae “The Ethics of Esther Moments”
Rabbi Mira Beth Wasserman, Ph.D. chairs

Public Symposium: Jewish Values and the Ethical Now
Paul Root Wolpe, Ph.D.“What we misunderstand about ‘Values’: Jewish Ethics as Halakhah”
Rabbi Julia Watts Belser, Ph.D. “Drawing Torah from Troubling Texts: Gender, Disability, and Jewish Feminist Ethics”
Rabbi David A. Teutsch, Ph.D. responds

Monday, March 11, 2019

Seminar B: Voice of the Spirit in Prayer; Voice of the Spirit in Action
Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman, Ph.D.“Judaism as a Conversation”
Rabbi Toba Spitzer“Rain of Justice, Voice from Sinai: Theology, Ethics, and Metaphor”
Reverend Katie Day, Ph.D. “Empathy and Ethics in Navigating Pluralism”
Rabbi Nancy Fuchs Kreimer, Ph.D. responds
Elsie Stern, Ph.D. chairs

Seminar C:  Ethical Responses to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Rabbi Amy Eilberg, D.Min.
Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D.
Rabbi Asher Lopatin
Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman
Rabbi Jacob J. Staub, Ph.D. 

Closing Session
Rabbi Jonathan Crane, Ph.D.
Rabbi Mira Beth Wasserman, Ph.D.
Rabbi David A. Teutsch, Ph.D.

Public Symposium co-sponsored by the Hebert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and the National Museum of American Jewish History

Mira Wasserman and David Teutsch

Make a donation to The David A. Teutsch Fund for Ethical Leadership