The Center for Jewish Ethics of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College was established in 1994 to address Jews' struggle for ethical learning and their need for guidance as they encounter the ethical demands of contemporary life. The Center advances its goals through a number of interrelated strategies, including:
- training future rabbis as teachers and ethical guides;
developing methods for Jewish moral decision making, such as use of narrative-based, values-based and case-based approaches;
cultivating organizational partnerships and coalitions to further moral inquiry and strengthen ethical action in Jewish life;
publishing study guides, books, and other resources for dealing with ethical questions;
- convening conferences and consultations that bring scholars of Jewish ethics and Jewish communal leaders into conversation;
- engaging in other activities aimed at encouraging ethical practice in Jewish life.
The Center supports the ethical formation of Reconstructionist rabbis through an array of required and elective courses.
To generate new thinking on ethical issues, the Center runs an annual essay contest, awarding the Whizin Prize.
The center is an institutional member of the Society for Jewish Ethics (www.societyofjewishethics.org), and co-founder of its Academic Coalition for Jewish Bioethics.
The Center provides consultation for Reconstructionist rabbis and congregations, as well as organizations in the broader Jewish community. The Center’s founding director, Rabbi David Teutsch, Ph.D., and current director, Rabbi Mira Wasserman, Ph.D., are sought-after consultants, teachers, and speakers.