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Created Equal Project

Gender and the Ethics of Shared Leadership


We live in a Jewish community which aspires to ethical leadership,  yet our communal structures and actions are often found wanting. This is evidenced by persistent inequities around gender, race and class as well as by recurring scandal and misuse of power. These gaps between our values and our lived experience pose grave challenges to the thriving and moral integrity of our community. This reality demands new ways of both acting and thinking.

Created Equal: Gender and the Ethics of Shared Leadership is a research and education project which seeks to address these gaps by considering how Jewish ideas and experience can inform our struggle to pursue the ethical. What cases in Jewish thought and experience can help us consider the tensions involved in trying to actualize our values more consistently? Where is our cultural and intellectual inheritance part of the challenge we face and where does it hold tools for liberation? Our foundational assertion is that it is crucial for Jewish organizations and leaders to ask how Jewish wisdom should contribute to their thinking as they craft our communal environment.

Created Equal places gender inequity at the center of this discussion. The power imbalance between people of different genders in our community serves as the lens for this project’s investigations of power, ethics, leadership, and change more generally. We do this because we believe these issues are crucial in their own right, and because we understand many of the root causes of gender inequity in our community are windows into to what needs repair in our Jewish ecosystem more generally. We work to produce the best new Jewish thinking and teaching on the ethics of gender and power and get it into the hands of those leaders who can use it to change our community for the better.

We are grateful to the Safety Respect Equity Network for their partnership and support of our initiatives.

Research Seminars

Aug 2, 2023

Exploring how Jewish thought be in dialogue with contemporary societal questions related to sex and gender.

Aug 2, 2023

Exploring gender in Jewish works produced in the Islamic world.


Aug 2, 2023

One year later, Hartman staff and faculty look back at the nearly 100 pandemic-related articles, videos, and podcasts that were produced. Here are a few that deserve a second look.

In the Media

Jul 21, 2023

To be a Jewish feminist is to live on the border between a commitment to text and tradition and a constant critique of the status quo – in Judaism and society as a whole.

Apr 23, 2023

What is the role of gender in the rise of populist illiberal regimes?

Jan 25, 2023

Vatican conference on the involvement of women in interreligious dialogue

Aug 12, 2022

In the Hebrew Bible, God’s love is maternal.

Jul 18, 2022

Leaders from Israel's ultra-Orthodox Jewish community have insisted that men and women must be separated from one another, even in some public spaces.

Mar 28, 2022

Israel’s recent experience of rampant expansion of sex segregation in public spaces should serve as a cautionary tale for American policymakers.

Jan 12, 2022

A closer look at the story of David and Bathsheba can help us do what’s right rather than defend the worst.

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Educational Resources

Aug 2, 2023

How Jewish ideas can inform the current discourse on power, privilege, and sexual assault.

Past Programs

Aug 2, 2023

One year later, Hartman staff and faculty look back at the nearly 100 pandemic-related articles, videos, and podcasts that were produced. Here are a few that deserve a second look.

Who We Are

Vice President of Communications and Creative

Director of Education

Rosh Beit Midrash and Senior Research Fellow

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