“And Make Yourselves a New Heart and a New Spirit”
The Ethical Life: Jewish Values in an Age of Choice
From political and financial scandals to rapid progress in biomedical science and technology, the complex issues of modern society are, at their core, issues of ethical and moral concern. Now, more than ever, we require a solid understanding of how Jewish ethics can inform our discussions and decisions about the critical questions of the day.
Each session of The Ethical Life includes a short video lecture featuring JTS faculty members and other expert scholars, text study, and guided group discussion led by Rabbi Berkman or Rabbi Ruberg. Join us for this unique opportunity to study the sources of Jewish ethics in their original and learn how we can apply them today. The course will be offered in two parts and will not require prior attendance or knowledge. All classes will be offered on Tuesday nights from 7:45pm - 9:00pm.
Part I: Responsibility as Consumers
- The Sources of Jewish Ethics: Law, Narrative and The Lived Experience
- The Ethical Dimensions of Food Production
- Modern Slavery and our Ethical Responsibility
- Is Lying Ever Ethical? (with a focus on marketing/advertising to consumers)
Part I sessions will take place on Tuesdays January 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th from 7:45pm – 9:00pm.
Part II: Issues in Bioethics
- Advance Directives and the Ethics of End-of-Life Care
- Disabilities and the Ethics of Inclusion
- Surrogacy and the Ethics of Relationships
- Better Than Normal? The Ethics of Enhancement
Part II sessions will take place on Tuesdays April 24th, May 1st, 8th and 15th from 7:45pm – 9:00pm.
New City, NY 10956