Foundations for a Thoughtful Judaism

Season 2: Ethics

Wednesdays, 8 – 29 March, 7:30-8:30pm

We are delighted to be presenting the second season of our adult education programme in partnership with Kol Chai – The Hatch End Reform Jewish Community and Bristol & West Progressive Jewish Congregation. The Foundations for a Thoughtful Judaism curriculum was developed by the Shalom Hartman Institute with the aim to provide a sophisticated introduction to deep philosophical questions about Judaism related to four pillars of Jewish life: Peoplehood, Faith, Practice and Ethics.

In this season, Rabbis Naomi Goldman, Monique Mayer, Lea Mühlstein and Aaron Goldstein will focus on Jewish ethics. Life is full of decision-making that relates to balancing our ethical obligations to different groups. Together we will explore what Judaism teaches about the obligations that one owes to all human beings equally (creation ethics) and the obligations that one owes to members of one’s particular community (covenant ethics) and how we should respond to tensions between the two sets of obligations.

8 March – Creation Ethics

15 March – Covenant Ethics

22 March – Tensions between Creation and Covenant Ethics

29 March – On Creation and Covenant: Environmental Ethics

This new adult education course is open to all who are interested in learning with us. While ideally participants would aim to attend most of the sessions, all sessions are stand alone, so participants are able to as few or as many sessions as they wish.

To participate, register here. Those registered to participate in the sessions will also receive access to recordings of the sessions.

If you missed season 1 on Peoplehood, you can catch up on the sessions here.