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