How can we advance gender equity in the Jewish community? How can we transform our leadership landscape into one that conforms to our declared values?
The Created Equal research and educational project aims to articulate a theory of ethical leadership in the twenty-first century. Using gender as a defining lens, the curriculum introduces new ways of thinking about power and authority in Jewish life, exploring Jewish tradition to foster a dialogue on these issues.
With a particular focus on Jewish leadership, the research team mines Jewish tradition for discussions about the ethics and politics of leadership, methodology and challenges of change, and the cost of maintaining the status quo.
These topics expose an underlying relationship among several issues facing today’s leadership landscape – a narrow leadership pipeline, the need to democratize leadership, the need for gender equity, and more varied and diverse leadership models.
2016 Conference on Ethical Leadership
Ethics, Leadership and the Jewish Future: Bridging the Gap Between Jewish Values and How Leadership is Exercised in American Jewish Life
On May 25, 2016 a daylong community-wide conference aimed at key stakeholders and change agents in the North American Jewish community was held in New York City. The conference explored the ethical, strategic, and moral imperative to work toward a Jewish community based on shared leadership. Learn more.
Created Equal Student Seminar
This seminar allows outstanding graduate students to explore questions central to the Created Equal Project. Nine students were accepted to the initial cohort in 2016, which included four distance learning sessions during the spring and culminated at the May 2016 conference on ethical leadership. The 2017 cohort of 13 students includes two in-person leadership seminars and three evening learning sessions. Learn more.
Created Equal Educator's Training
In September 2016 a diverse group of Jewish educators from across North America and across the Jewish communal landscape came together for a two-day training seminar at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America in New York. During the training seminar, members of the Created Equal research team modeled the curriculum, providing the educators the tools and training necessary to teach the curriculum in their own communities. Learn more.
Women`s Rabbinic Leadership Study Mission
In December 2016, close to 20 women rabbis from across North America, representing all the major denominations, spent a week traveling around Israel, studying moral leadership and Jewish identity with Hartman scholars at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and exploring the unique challenges and opportunities they face as female rabbis. Learn more.
Created Equal at the 2017 Prizmah Conference
Joshua Ladon taught a session entitled “To See and Be Seen: Diversity, Inclusion and Community in Jewish Day Schools” at the inaugural Prizmah Jewish Day School Conference, February 5-7, 2017 in Chicago. Learn more.
Webinar: Arguing For the Sake of Heaven?
"Arguing for the Sake of Heaven: A Vision For Modern Orthodoxy?" live webinar with Elana Stein Hain recorded on February 21, 2017, in response to the discourse in the modern Orthodox community about female clergy. Learn more.
2017 Conference on Ethical Leadership
Power, Influence, and Ethical Leadership: Bridging the Gap Between Jewish Values and How Leadership is Exercised in American Jewish Life. Details available soon for this conference in the fall of 2017.
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Shalom Hartman Institute of North America Created Equal Project was selected for inclusion in the 2016 Slingshot Guide to Jewish Innovation as one of the most inspiring and innovative Jewish organizations in the North American Jewish landscape today.