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Respect and Responsibility Study Guide

As the Jewish community confronts the reality of harassment and abuse within our schools, congregations, workplaces and homes, there is an urgent need for courageous conversations and actions that are grounded in Jewish ethics.

The Center for Jewish Ethics is working in partnership with Sacred Spaces to create Respect and Responsibility: Jewish Ethics for Healthy Communities, a study guide for use by Jewish professionals and lay leaders across the denominational spectrum.

This will be the first comprehensive collection of Jewish texts and commentaries that relate to sexual harassment and other institutional abuses of power. To create it, we convened scholars, rabbis, and mental health professionals from across the Jewish world. We are grateful for the support of the Covenant Foundation

Now in the editing stages, we have piloted some materials with the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association and with cohorts of synagogues now working with Sacred Spaces. We will publicize the Study Guide widely in 2020. 


Face-To-Face: The Jewish Ethics Beit Midrash
Face-to-Face: The Jewish Ethics Beit Midrash

Relational. Rigorous. Relevant. New this year, we launch an experiment in using the practice of Talmud study to enliven and strengthen Jewish communal life and leadership in Philadelphia and beyond. Three pilot sessions will take place in September 2019. Learn more.

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