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October 7, 2016  RSS feed

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Rabbi Upbin to teach course in Jewish ethics

Rabbi Danielle Upbin will teach a 10-session class called “The Ethical Life: Jewish Values in an Age of Choice,” beginning on Wednesday, Nov. 2 and concluding April 5.

This Jewish Theological Seminary course in Jewish ethics will be taught in the library at Congregation Beth Shalom, 1325 S. Belcher Road, Clearwater.

From political and financial scandals to rapid progress in biomedical science and technology, the complex issues of modern society are, at their core, issues of ethical and moral concern. These require a solid understanding of how Jewish ethics can inform our discussions and decisions about the critical questions of the day.

Judaism has a long history of wrestling with moral questions and responding to them in a way that considers all sides of an issue. The course aims to facilitate nuanced conversations grappling with today’s most pressing ethical dilemmas.

The course also includes videos featuring JTS faculty, other expert scholars, and practitioners in the field; classical and contemporary texts; an extensive leader’s guide; and additional resources online.

Topics will include:

• Does Ethics Need God?

•The Ethical Dimensions of Food Production.

• It Teshuvah Possible? Rethinking Mass Incarceration.

• Advance Directives and the Ethics of End-of-Life Care.

• Disabilities and the Ethics of Inclusion.

The course dates are Nov. 2 and 16, Dec. 14, Jan. 11 and 25, Feb. 8 and 22, March 8 and 22 and April 5. All classes will meet from 7-8:30 p.m.

The fee is $36 and includes access to the JTS online platform for course materials to view and/or print study texts for each session and a participant binder with course materials.

Contact Congregation Beth Shalom at (727) 531-1418 to register.

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