Respect and Responsibility: A Jewish Ethics Study Guide

Respect & Responsibility is a cross-denominational initiative that creates a unifying approach to often divisive issues by drawing on shared Jewish texts. 

Using this lens, readers may find that a particular approach to text study may be common in one community and unfamiliar in another. Authors may engage a text in a way that is different from that which the reader has previously encountered, including in the ways God’s name is written, use of gendered pronouns, and other areas of difference across Jewish denominations. 

Just as we invited different approaches to these texts, we invite the Guide’s users to adapt these source sheets in ways that are comfortable for you and your community. 


Grounding Values

Care of Ourselves, Care of Others, Care of Community: Using This Guide in Trauma-Sensitive Ways by Jessica Rosenberg 

Protecting Children — Our Fundamental Moral Responsibility by Rabbi David Ingber


Teachings on Leadership, Power, and Responsibility

Hidden Curriculum: A Tool for Assessing Institutional Messages about Power by Dr. Shira Epstein 

Safety and the Creation of Sacred Spaces: Ancient Models and Contemporary Takeaways by Shira Hecht-Koller and Dr. Aaron Koller 

Vayikra as a Model for Transparent Communal Governance by Dr. Shira Berkovits, Esq., and Rabbi Steven Exler


Responding to Abuse

Sexual Trauma and Jewish Spirituality and Religious Life by Dr. Hadar Schwartz 

The Imperative to “Pursue Justice” and Institutional Responses to Sexual Abuse by Rabbi Rachael Bregman

The Responsibilities of Bystanders: The Power and Risks of Rebuke by Rabbi Matthew Goldstone and Rabbi Mira Wasserman


Please check back – additional source sheets will be released here in the coming months.