The Society of Jewish Ethics is an academic organization dedicated to the promotion of scholarly work in the field of Jewish ethics, including the relation of Jewish ethics to other traditions of ethics and to social, economic, political and cultural problems.
The Society also aims to encourage and improve the teaching of Jewish ethics in colleges, universities and theological schools, to promote an understanding of Jewish ethics within the Jewish community and society as a whole, and to provide a community of discourse and debate for those engaged professionally in Jewish ethics.
The Journal of Jewish Ethics
The Journal of Jewish Ethics publishes outstanding scholarship in Jewish ethics, broadly conceived. It serves as a location for the exchange of ideas among those interested in understanding, articulating, and promoting descriptive and normative Jewish ethics.
The Society of Jewish Ethics was formed at the 2002 meeting of the Society of Christian Ethics. There, several scholars of Jewish Ethics, including Louis Newman, Laurie Zoloth, and Ron Green, among others, decided to launch a society dedicated to advancing scholarship in Jewish ethics. The SJE held its first meeting in 2003 and has been meeting annually since then in conjunction with the Society of Christian Ethics and, upon their founding, with the Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics. The SJE has become the primary academic home for many scholars, and an important venue for showcasing and developing work in the field of Jewish ethics. Since its founding, the field itself has expanded to include methodologies as diverse as biblical hermeneutics, Jewish legal analysis, philosophy, literary analysis, and ethnography. Graduate students, scholars, and activists from a variety of academic disciplines meet annually to network, share scholarship, and learn from each other. In 2015, the SJE established the Journal of Jewish Ethics and began publishing 1-2 volumes per year. The Society of Jewish Ethics is the premier venue for academic understanding and critique of Jewish Ethics.