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  1. Distributive Justice - Coronavirus

    The Jewish practice of tzedakah, or support for poor people, is an expression of the Torah’s commitment to tzedek, or justice. But the Torah’s vision of social justice is very distant from today’s reality, in which great social disparities have been exposed and exacerbated by the pandemic on a local, national and global scale. Social inequities in healthcare, food access, and environmental safety mean that poor people are more vulnerable to the virus, even as poor people and people of color are disproportionately on the front lines doing risky essential work.


    Posted on: 2020/05/08 - 2:23pm

  2. Human Dignity - Coronavirus

    Jewish ethical tradition assigns ultimate value to each human life. Across the diversity of circumstances and traits that differentiate one human being from another, we are equal with regard to our dignity whatever our age, background, wealth, gender, physical appearance or ability. How can we intervene when policy decisions and social practices conspire to treat some people as more disposable than others? What changes can we make in our personal and communal lives to uphold the dignity of those who are marginalized?


    Posted on: 2020/05/08 - 2:22pm

  3. Respecting Elders - Coronavirus

    The imperative to honor our elders has taken on particular relevance in this time of pandemic because older people are particularly vulnerable to the novel coronavirus. How might this value shape our decisions as individuals and as community leaders? How will the decisions we make elevate the social status of older people? How will we invest resources in their well-being?

    Traditional sources

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    Posted on: 2020/05/08 - 2:21pm

  4. Safeguarding Life - Coronavirus

    The Jewish imperative to protect human life — pikuakh nefesh — overrides almost every other obligation. Recently, Jewish communities enacted this value by closing synagogues, suspending communal prayer and refraining from acts of hospitality, from visiting the sick, comforting mourners and celebrating weddings — all with the goal of preventing the spread of COVID-19.


    Posted on: 2020/05/08 - 2:20pm

  5. VBDM - Coronavirus

    In this time of danger and uncertainty, we look to Jewish values for guidance. But when it comes to making complicated decisions, Jewish teachings on their own can’t tell us what to do. Often, two deeply held values are in conflict and we need to prioritize one over the other. At other times, we face the challenge of bringing traditional Jewish teachings into conversation with unprecedented circumstances or new scientific knowledge.


    Posted on: 2020/05/08 - 2:18pm

  6. Landing page: Love and Caring in the Time of Corona

    How Jewish educators can care for the Social, Emotional, and Spiritual well being of their students now and in the coming months

    Facilitated by Nancy Parkes and joined by Cyd Weissman, Dr. Evie Rotstein and Dr. Jeff Kress

    Wednesday,  May 27 , 1:00-2:15 PM EST

    The session will be facilitated through online meeting applications called Zoom and will be recorded and available to participants. Technical support will be provided. You may join the session live or watch recordings at your own convenience.


    Posted on: 2020/05/05 - 4:07pm

  7. Ethics Center - Whizin Prize

    Each year, the Center for Jewish Ethics sponsors an essay contest to encourage fresh thinking on contemporary Jewish ethics. The prize is awarded through the generosity of Bruce Whizin. The contest is open to rabbinical and graduate students.


    Posted on: 2018/03/23 - 11:04am

  8. Virtual Shabbat Box archive - April 2020

  9. Virtual Shabbat Box archive - March 2020

  10. Reconstructionist Learning Series

    The spring 2020 Reconstructionist Learning Series is complete. The original registration page is preserved below for reference.



    Posted on: 2020/04/18 - 12:55pm