Unravelling World Leadership and the Jewish Community

Date: Aug 08, 2019 - Aug 08, 2019

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Sponsor: Online Learning for Clergy

Location: Online

Category: Clergy: Continuing Ed

A Webinar for Rabbis in Preparation for the High Holidays

Thursday, August 8, 2019
12 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Dr. Richard N. Haass, president, Council on Foreign Relations
in conversation with
Rabbi Julia Andelman, Director of Community Engagement, JTS

How do Jewish values suggest we should engage with our changing world? Globalization and international involvement are increasingly being called into question in modern democracies. What impact does this have on the Jewish community in America, Israel, and the rest of the world?

This webinar is designed to help rabbis develop High Holiday sermons on the state of the world that discuss these issues through the lenses of ethical imperatives and immediate relevance to our congregants. Dr. Haass will discuss the special leadership role the United States can play and why international relations–and the interconnectedness of people around the world–are critically important for the Jewish community and beyond.


Dr. Richard Haass is president of the Council on Foreign Relations, the preeminent independent, nonpartisan organization in the United States dedicated to the study of American foreign policy. From 2001 to 2003, Dr. Haass was director of policy planning for the Department of State, where he was a principal adviser to Secretary of State Colin Powell. Confirmed by the U.S. Senate to hold the rank of ambassador, Dr. Haass also served as U.S. coordinator for policy toward the future of Afghanistan and was the U.S. envoy to the Northern Ireland peace process. He was also special assistant to President George H.W. Bush and senior director for Near East and South Asian affairs on the staff of the National Security Council from 1989 to 1993. Dr. Haass is the author or editor of thirteen books on American foreign policy and one book on management. His most recent book is A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order. Dr. Richard Haass is a member of park Avenue Synagogue.

This program is offered in collaboration with the Rabbinical Assembly.

For more information, please contact Rabbi Tim Bernard, JTS director of digital learning and engagement: (212) 678-8908 or communitylearning@jtsa.edu.