Initiatives

Society of Jewish Ethics

Logo for SJE.gifI serve as a board member and past program committee co-chair for the Society of Jewish Ethics, which meets each January in conjunction with the Society of Christian Ethics and Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics. Our upcoming annual meeting will take place in Portland, Oregon on January 4-7, 2018.


University of Colorado – University of Denver Jewish Philosophy Collaborative

With Sarah Pessin, Director of Judaic Studies at the University of Denver, I co-founded the University of Colorado – University of Denver Jewish Philosophy Collaborative. This initiative seeks to promote new work in Jewish thought by fostering relationships between faculty and graduate students at DU and CU and encouraging interdisciplinary conversations across fields such as religious studies, philosophy, cultural studies, and history. We have been awarded a Special Initiatives Grant from the American Academy for Jewish Research, and current projects include an annual “Week of Jewish Philosophy,” featuring visiting scholars of Jewish thought from across North America and local faculty working in relatedtest2.jpg fields. The 2017 visitor was Samuel Moyn, Jeremiah test - R.jpgSmith, Jr. Professor of Law and Professor of History at Harvard University, who led a series of events on religion and human rights.  The 2016 visitor was Michael Morgan, Chancellor’s Professor of Philosophy and Jewish Studies (Emeritus) at Indiana University, and the 2015 visitor was Randi Rashkover, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at George Mason University. In 2014, the University of Denver also hosted Leora Batnitzky, Ronald O. Perelman Professor of Jewish Studies and Professor of Religion at Princeton University, and Paul Franks, Professor of Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Judaic Studies at Yale University.


Embodied Judaism: Freedom Seder: American Judaism and Social Justice

In 2015, I served as the Faculty Director of the Post-Holocaust American Judaism Archive at  University of Colorado Boulder. As Faculty Director, I oversaw Embodied Judaism, a biannual series that draws on the material housed in these archives and explores the role of the body in Jewish life through scholarly gatherings and library exhibits aimed at both academic and non-academic audiences. The 2015 program, entitled “Freedom Seder: American Judaism and Social Justice,” revisited a landmark 1969 gathering in which hundreds of Jewish and African-American activists came together in Washington, D.C., on the first anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., for an evening of ritual and discussion focused on the creation of a more inclusive society. The 2015 program featured an exhibit in Norlin Library on the Boulder campus as well as a symposium bringing together scholars and practitioners from across North America: