NCJW NY’s Advocacy Leadership Committee in partnership with the Jewish Women’s Resource Center presents an evening of learning and action focused on the Jewish perspective on Economic Justice.
Jewish scholars have contributed more to the field of economics than to any other, winning forty-one percent of related Nobel prizes and developing some of the field’s most transformative ideas: Game Theory; Monetary Theory; Behavioral Economics; and more.
There is something notable in the fact that Jews have sought to create – down here on earth, not up in heaven in some vision of the afterlife – systems that maximize human liberty and opportunity, the foundations for which lie in ancient texts and teachings which continue to resonate to this day.
The Torah and its millennia of commentary is profoundly concerned not just with economics, but with fundamental moral issues that are expressed monetarily:
- What social order best nurtures human dignity and personal freedom, and best protects the delicate bonds linking us to one another and to God?
- How do we define equality and inequality?
- What is the nature of economic justice?
- How ought a society allocate its resources?
- What are the philosophical and practical roots of the Jewish concept of Tzedaka?
In preparation for tackling the myriad moral challenges embedded within our contemporary economies, spend an evening with Rabbi Adina Lewittes discussing foundational texts that give voice to our tradition’s courageous take on the nexus between money, liberty and justice.
Thursday, April 27th
NCJW NY Council House (241 W. 72nd Street)
Cost of Admission $15*
Light refreshments will be served
*if cost is prohibitive, please contact Aviva Zadoff
About Rabbi Adina Lewittes:
Rabbi Adina Lewittes was ordained in 1993 at the Jewish Theological Seminary, the first Canadian woman to become a Conservative Rabbi. Later, at JTS, she served as the first female Assistant Dean of the Rabbinical School.
Rabbi Lewittes has held various leadership positions in the wider community, in addition to founding and leading Sha’ar Communities, a groundbreaking suburban initiative inspired by a broad vision of Jewish renaissance. Rabbi Adina Lewittes is a leading teacher, speaker, writer, and creative voice in the reimagination and revitalization of Jewish life. She is a member of the Senior Rabbinic Faculty of the Shalom Hartman Institute, and served as BJ’s Scholar in Residence until June, 2020.