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Creating the Community We Want to Have: Barriers and Opportunities

Conversation 2: Creating the Community We Want to Have: Barriers and Opportunities


JWI’s Clergy Task Force on Domestic and Sexual Abuse in the Jewish Community is proud to present a three-part series of free webinars for rabbis and cantors, addressing sexual harassment within synagogues. Each event will provide scenarios for discussion and concrete strategies to use within your own setting. A recording of each webinar will be provided to participants.


  • Rabbi David A. Teutsch is Wiener professor emeritus at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, where he previously served as president for a decade, and later as director of the Center for Jewish Ethics. He also served as executive director of the Federation of Reconstructionist Congregations and Havurot, as program director of the National Jewish Resource Center (now known as CLAL), and as a congregational rabbi.

    He is the editor in chief of the groundbreaking Kol Haneshamah prayer book series and of a three-volume Guide to Jewish Practice, the first volume of which won a National Jewish Book Award, as well as dozens of other books and articles. His new book, co-written with Marilyn Price, is From Gratitude to Blessings and Back. He earned his A.B. with honors from Harvard University, his ordination from HUC-JIR in New York, and his PhD at the Wharton School, where his dissertation was on organizational ethics. He also holds four honorary degrees.

    An internationally known consultant and trainer, primarily to not-for-profit organizations and synagogues, Teutsch has been helping organizations for over 35 years.

    A past president of the Society of Jewish Ethics and of the Academic Coalition of Jewish Ethics, he has served on a broad variety of boards and editorial boards. He is also an avid biker.

  • Rabbi Andrea C. Steinberger serves as a rabbi at the Hillel Foundation at the University of Wisconsin, the Jewish student center on the UW campus. She provides spiritual leadership and education to members of the student community on the UW campus, and helps create and expand opportunities for the exploration and expression of Jewish life and values at the University of Wisconsin. Rabbi Steinberger received her ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio and her BA from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Steinberger lives with her husband, Greg, and children: Abby, Emma and Sari.

  • Rabbi David M. Rosenberg serves as Co-Chair JWI’s Clergy Task Force to End Domestic Abuse in the Jewish Community.  He is the Coordinator of Jewish Educational Services and Orthodox Community Liaison at Jewish Child & Family Services (JCFS) of Chicago.  David co-facilitates the Orthodox Network, a collaboration of social service providers in Jewish agencies, and is a member of Jewish Community Abuse Resources, Education and Solutions (JCARES).   In August 2018 he received JCFS’ Ken Jacobson Award for Professional Excellence, the agency’s most prestigious professional award.  He has taught for the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Studies since 2016 and serves as Rabbinic Scholar of Young Israel of West Rogers Park in Chicago.  Previously, he served as Rabbi of Congregation Beth Tefilah in London, Ontario, and as Executive Director of the Newberger Hillel Center at the University of Chicago.  David received his BA in Russian and East European Studies from Yale University and a master’s degree in Bible and rabbinical ordination from Yeshiva University.  While a rabbinical student, he was a Graduate Fellow of the Wexner Foundation.  He is a member of the Rabbinical Council of America, the Chicago Rabbinical Council, and the Chicago Board of Rabbis.

  • Congregational Rabbi - TBD

Earlier Event: November 19
Attitude of Gratitude
Later Event: November 29
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