How do we bridge the gap between our values and how leadership is exercised in American Jewish life? What should ethical leadership look like for today’s changing North American Jewish community?
On May 25, 2016, the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America and the Wiener Center for Leadership and Learning hosted a day-long conference for Jewish professionals, rabbis and rabbinical students dedicated to discussing these questions, and specifically to reflect upon what’s working and what’s in need of change.
Using the applied learning approach unique to Shalom Hartman Institute, we shaped these conversations through engaging Jewish ideas and study material developed by our research team, Created Equal: Men, Women and the Ethics of Shared Leadership, formed in partnership with Advancing Women Professionals and the Jewish Community.
Faculty and Speakers
- Yehuda Kurtzer, President, Shalom Hartman Institute of North America
- Michael Paley, Pearl and Ira Meyer Scholar in Residence at the Jewish Resource Center of UJA-Federation of New York
- Elana Stein Hain, Director of Leadership Education, Shalom Hartman Institute of North America
- Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, Dean, Hebrew College Rabbinical School
- Shira Berkovits, Founder, Sacred Spaces
- Mijal Bitton, Doctoral Fellow, Shalom Hartman Institute of North America
- Shifra Bronznick, Founding President of Advancing Women Professionals and the Jewish Community
- Jeremy Burton, Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston
- Stephanie Kolin, Associate Rabbi, Central Synagogue in New York
Our curriculum mines Jewish tradition for discussions about the ethics and politics of leadership, the methodology and challenges of change, and the cost of maintaining the status quo. These topics expose an underlying relationship between several issues facing our leadership landscape today: a narrow leadership pipeline, the need for democratization of leadership, the need for gender equity, and more varied and diverse models of leadership.