The Hendel Center for Ethics and Justice

The Hendel Center for Ethics and Justice weaves the study of Jewish ethics and training in civic engagement into the JTS curriculum, with the goal of harnessing the Jewish call for justice in pursuit of positive social change. It also offers programs for the public exploring how Jewish texts and tradition can illuminate approaches to contemporary social and ethical issues.

Rooted in Judaism and Partnering Across Faiths

Rooted in Jewish history, teaching, and texts, the Hendel Center offers academic study, skills training, internships, panels, lectures, workshops, and research opportunities. The center convenes clergy, educators, and activists from various faith communities to study, share ideas, and collaborate to address pressing ethical issues. A key part of the center’s mission includes partnering across faith lines to help bridge the divides confronting society today.

Educating for Civic Engagement

By weaving the study of ethics and justice into the curriculum, the Hendel Center aims to helps educate students and develop Jewish leaders who view civic engagement as an essential element of Judaism.

Executive Director

Stephanie Ruskay

Stephanie Ruskay

Associate Dean, The Rabbinical School

Rabbi Stephanie Ruskay has made her career in the Jewish social justice sector. Rabbi Ruskay has served in leadership positions at American Jewish World Service, Auburn Theological Seminary, AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps, and JOIN for Justice. She directs field education and entrepreneurial endeavors, and is focused on raising the scope and profile of social justice work and community organizing skills in the role of the contemporary rabbi.

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The Hendel Center for Ethics and Justice is made possible through a generous endowment from Ruth and Steven Hendel.