The start of a New Year is a time for renewal and reflection. I hope that all who are celebrating the holidays have found them a meaningful and hopefully joyous intrusion or break at the beginning of another semester of intellectual work.
This is also a time of renewal and reflection in the Society of Jewish Ethics—membership renewal, and registration for our next conference in January. The schedule of the conference is up here and it looks to be another powerful gathering of minds and bodies.
We continue to host our meeting in conjunction with the Society of Christian Ethics and the Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics. Participants at this year’s conference will be discussing issues relevant to our current moment, including the role of civil disobedience in contemporary Jewish activism. We will also be exploring the ramifications of classical Jewish texts on hard subjects like slavery and what they mean for today. In keeping with SJE conferences of years past, this year's conference will also feature papers that explore the intersection of classical Jewish sources and lived experience, both ancient and contemporary. We are also honored to have Professor Laura Levitt delivering our plenary this year, titled "Doing Justice Otherwise: Reading Texts, Thinking with Objects."
(The SJE has a COVID committee, and we will determine COVID precautions closer to our meeting in response to conditions on the ground at the time.)
The great work of the Society is powered both by the intellectual work and the financial resources of you, our members. Please renew your membership now here. While you are on the website take a look around, check out some pictures from last year’s conference, and register for the 2024 conference.