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The Center for Jewish Ethics

LEVIN-LIEBER PROGRAM IN JEWISH ETHICS

The ever-changing landscape of contemporary life confronts North American Jews with a wide range of ethical challenges in the workplace, in healthcare, within our families and relationships, in Jewish communal life, and in the public square. Ethical wisdom is at the heart of our Jewish tradition. The Center for Jewish Ethics generates ethical guidance grounded in Jewish tradition and responsive to the diverse challenges of contemporary life.

The Center for Jewish Ethics of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College was established 1994 by Rabbi David Teutsch, Ph.D. Over its first quarter century, the center has played a leading role in advancing the field of Jewish ethics, in training rabbis to be ethical leaders, and in generating and disseminating ethical guidance for American Jews.

Rabbi Mira Beth Wasserman, Ph.D., became director of the center in fall 2017.

Why a Center for Jewish Ethics?

The Jewish tradition has a longstanding commitment to moral behavior and social ethics. However, the contemporary Jewish community has not helped Jews to interact with traditional Jewish values while taking seriously their moral dilemmas and personal moral outlooks.

This absence of guidance weakens the claim of contemporary Jewish leaders that Judaism can continue to address the ultimate concerns of Jews' lives.

The Center for Jewish Ethics of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College was established in 1994 to address Jews' struggle for ethical learning and their need for guidance as they encounter the ethical demands of contemporary life.