Jewish Ethics & Social Justice

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We make religion irrelevant when we lock it up in the house of prayer - when we keep religion away from the streets. If we want Judaism to matter in today's world, we must respond = deeply - to society's call. The Torah is a living tradition that we need to bring to the most urgent social issues of our time. We must fully enter the public arena, recognizing that our common responsibilities transcend our particular paths. The essence of spiritual life shines at the core of all the crude and harsh realities we see every day - and when we ignore these realities, we are like blind fish completely unaware of the very water in which they swim. Jewish Ethics & Social Justice is a collection of sweeping meditations on how to make Judaism universally relevant again. Explore hot social issues - global hunger, prison reform, worker rights, and more - through the eyes of the Jewish ethical tradition. Learn about the core values of Jewish activism - discover a deeper connection to the timeless issues of power, privilege, race, and wealth - get inspired by this fiery call to action.

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Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz is the Founder and President of Uri L Tzedek. He is a Doctoral candidate at Columbia University in Moral Development and Epistemology, and has taught as an instructor of Moral Philosophy at Barnard College and a fiat lux at UCLA Law School. Shmuly was ordained as a Rabbi by Yeshivat Chovevei Torah (YCT Rabbinical School) in New York as a Wexner Graduate Fellow. Shmuly also received a second rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, the Chief Rabbi of Efrat and a third rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo of Jerusalem. As a global social justice educator, Shmuly has volunteered, taught, and staffed missions in many countries including Israel, Ghana, India, France, Thailand, El Salvador, Senegal, Germany, Ukraine, and Haiti. In January 2011, Shmuly was invited to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland to serve as the rabbinic representative, a facilitator, and motivational speaker. For three years, Shmuly taught philosophy twice a week at an inner-city school in Harlem and served on the New York Department of Health s Office of Minority Health Clergy Steering Committee. Shmuly worked in business consulting for a major top 10 firm, has written numerous articles on Jewish and social justice issues, has lectured and consulted across the world, and has a bi-weekly column in the Jewish Week called Street Torah. He has taught as a scholar-in-residence for over 20 organizations and served on the International Board of Hillel for two years and is the former Director of Panim s Leadership and Activism training (JAM) in Washington D.C. A film crew followed Shmuly for over a year to produce a PBS documentary (''The Calling'') about the training of religious leadership to be released in America. In 2008, the Jewish Week recognized Shmuly as one of 36 under 36 (one of 36 of the most influential Jewish leaders under the age of 36). In 2009, the UJC named Shmuly one of five Jewish Community Heroes. Shmuly was invited to the White House Chanukah party to celebrate with the President and First Lady. Shmuly currently servces as the Director of Jewish Life and the Senior Jewish Educator at the UCLA Hillel and is a member of the International Rabbinic Fellowship. Shmuly and his wife, Shoshana, live in Los Angeles.

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