The Society of Jewish Ethics
2020 Call to Meeting

Dear colleagues,

With great pleasure, I invite you to register for the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Society of Jewish Ethics (SJE) in Washington DC, January 9-12. As always, the SJE Annual Meeting is held concurrently with the Annual Meetings of both Society of Christian Ethics (SCE) and the Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics (SSME), affording SJE members the opportunity to attend SCE and SSME sessions as well as SJE sessions.

This year the SJE has six full sessions, starting Thursday evening at 7:00 pm.  In addition there is a text study over lunch on Shabbat. Finally, Dr. Amy Jill Levine will deliver the SJE plenary lecture.   Dr. Levine is a University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, Mary Jane Wethan Professor of Jewish Studies in the Divinity School and the College of Arts and Sciene at Vanderbilt University and is also Affiliated Professor, Woolf Institute: Centre for Jewish-Christian Relations, Cambridge. She has published numerous books and articles on New Testament, Jesus as a Jew, and is the co-editor of the Jewish Annotated New Testament.  The program consists of the following:

Concurrent Session I: 
Testimony, Text, and Social Knowledge: The Measles Vaccination Crisis and the Haredi Community , featuring: Laurie Zoloth (University of Chicago), Lila Kadegan (Walnut Street Synagogue), Convener: Alyssa Henning (Independent Scholar), Respondent: Zackary Berger (Johns Hopkins University)

Concurrent Session II:
Beyond the Human, featuring: Daniel Nevins (Jewish Theological Seminary), Beth Berkowitz (Barnard College),  Convener: Yonatan Brafman (The Jewish Theological Seminary), Respondent: Adrienne Krone (Allegheny College)

SJE Plenary: 
Pedagogy and Christian Students: Anti-Judaism, Christian Privilege, Christian Fragility, and Theological AwarenessPlenary Speaker: Amy-Jill Levine (Vanderbilt University), Respondent: Amanda Mbuvi (High Point University), Convener: Emily Filler (Earlham College)

Concurrent Session III: 
Text and Pedagogy, featuring: John Berkman (Regis College, University of Toronto), Ethan Schwartz (Harvard University), Sarah Zager (Yale University), Convener: Heather Gert (University of North Carolina, Greensboro)

Shabbat Lunch and Text Study: 

Tikkun Ha-olam: A Revised History of the Evolution of the Concept of "Repairing the World" and its Coherence, from Antiquity to Social Justice and Kabbalahpresented by David Seidenberg (Neohasid. Org)

Concurrent Session IV: 
Text, Ethics, and Practice, featuring: Mira Beth Wasserman (Center for Jewish Ethics, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College), Vincent Calabrese (University of Toronto), Convener: Julia Watts Belser (Georgetown University, Respondent: Deborah Barer (Towson University) 

Panel 4: Performance and Moral Pedagogy 

Presented by Geoffrey Claussen (Elon University)

Convener: Sandra Lawson (Elon University)

Respondent: Benjamin Ricciardi (Independent Scholar)

Concurrent Session V: Sun. 9:00-10:30 am
Punishment, Shame, and Control, featuring: Aryeh Cohen (American Jewish University), Sarah Wolf (Jewish Theological Seminary), Convener: Rebecca Epstein-Levi (Vanderbilt University), Respondent:  Buffie Longmire-Avital (Elon University)

Please go to the SJE website for a detailed program featuring times and paper titles. To get the best rate, join or renew your membership at the site, and then register for the annual conference at the reduced member rate. The best rates are available now, so register as soon as possible.

As valuable as our formal sessions are, the informal opportunities for networking, discussion, and colleagueship are what have made so many of us regular attendees. I especially encourage all attendees to register for our deeply subsidized Shabbat dinner (Friday) and lunch (Saturday). All are welcome regardless whether you are Jewish or regularly observe Shabbat.

For those who wish to attend there are services on Friday evening and Saturday morning.

The SJE has a limited number of scholarships available to assist with the costs of attending the conference, and you may apply online at:  The deadline for scholarship applications has been extended to November 15 (we also accept late requests when funds are available). We are delighted that this year we will again be able to honor one graduate student as the Adrienne Asch Memorial Fellow.  Graduate students interested in the Asch scholarship should follow the special instructions on our scholarship application page.

We are grateful to all who can make a donation to help support these scholarships and graduate students attending the conference.  We hope that, while you register for the conference, you will also make a donation to the SJE or to our Adrienne Asch scholarship fund.  More information about donations is available at

I look forward to seeing you in Washington! Further details on the hotel are below.


Joel Gereboff

SJE President

Please book your hotel room at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown, 999 9th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001, by December 10th in order to guarantee the following conference rate. 

  • $165 per night plus tax: single, double, triple, or quad

There is no paper form to reserve your hotel room. Attendees have until December 10, 2019, to make their hotel reservations. After December 10th, if the room block is sold out, you will need to pay non-negotiated rates. Rooms are limited so book early. Rates apply to the dates of the conference and the period from January 3-16, 2020. If you wish to extend your stay outside of these dates, you will need to book a separate reservation on the Web site or contact the hotel directly.

Hotel reservations in the SCE/SJE/SSME ROOM BLOCK may be made in one of the following ways:

Call Reservations Toll Free 1-800-228-9290; Hotel directly: 202-898-9000 – follow prompts for       reservations. Please identify yourself with the SCE-SJE-SSME Annual Conference. Online at:

If the reserved block of rooms fills early, we may be able to add more rooms at the conference rate, but our negotiating leverage diminishes rapidly as we approach the December deadline. So book early!

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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. All participants in the Annual Meeting of the Society of Jewish Ethics must be members of the Society. For membership forms and other information, please consult the website:



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