You are here
Judaism in Professional Life
Judaism in Professional Life
This three-part lunchtime lecture series explored the ways in which Jewish thought, sources, and tradition can guide your professional life experiences. Sessions took place on November 3, 10, and 17.
Ten Things Every (Jewish) Leader Needs to Know
Dr. Hal M. Lewis, Spertus President and CEO and an expert on Jewish leadership, kicked off the series on November 3. His interactive session will explore the most important things every organizational leader needs to know to be effective in good times and stressful ones. Participants learned and discussed a combination of classical Jewish sources along with contemporary research findings from business, industry, and the academy.
Dr. Hal M. Lewis is the eighth President and CEO of Spertus. He also serves on the Spertus faculty as Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies. Dr. Lewis is a recognized authority on leadership, particularly of Jewish organizations, and has published widely on the subject in both the popular press and scholarly journals. His latest book is From Sanctuary to Boardroom: A Jewish Approach to Leadership.
Jewish Views on Conflict Resolution
Rabbi David Perkel, a practicing mediator, led the November 10 session. Participants explored different modes of conflict resolution through Biblical narrative and classical Jewish sources, comparing these approaches to modern techniques and scholarship. The focus was on understanding what Jewish tradition has to say regarding the ways in which we resolve our disputes.
Rabbi David Perkel studied negotiation and conflict resolution at Northwestern University School of Law and is certified from the Center for Conflict Resolution and Mediation Training. A lawyer and a rabbi, he mediates disputes in Cook County courthouses and through his role as spiritual leader of Ezras Israel Mechitza Minyan. He teaches conflict resolution at universities and institutions of Jewish study.
Financial and Business Ethics:
What's Judaism Got to Do With It?
The last few years have revealed a number of stunning and egregious financial crimes by otherwise highly respected Jews. Given Judaism's emphasis on financial integrity, how can such conduct be explained and, even more importantly, how can future misconduct be prevented? Rabbi Dr. Steven H. Resnicoff addressed these questions in the November 17 session through the prisms of traditional Jewish literary sources and contemporary Jewish culture.
Rabbi Dr. Steven H. Resnicoff is a Professor of Law at the DePaul University, where he serves as Co-Director of the Center for Jewish Law & Judaic Studies and has received numerous awards for teaching and scholarship. He received his law degree from Yale and his rabbinic degree from the Lakewood Yeshiva. He is past Chair of the Association of American Law Professor’s Section on Jewish Law.