Trauma and Healing:
Jewish Values – Global Challenges
Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 2-6 PM
2-4:30 PM Panel Presentations
4:30-6 PM Application to Specific Case Studies
Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Brandeis University Library
Free and open to the public.
For more information, contact the Hornstein Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-736-2990.
A Partnership of the Tag Institute for Jewish Social Values and the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University
Jewish Values-Global Challenges : Dr. Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz, Founder and President, Uri L' Tzedek
Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz is the Founder and President of Uri L'Tzedek. In 2012, Newsweek rated Rav Shmuly one of the top 50 rabbis in America! Rav Shmuly is the author of "Jewish Ethics & Social Justice: A Guide for the 21st Century". He studied at the University of Texas as an undergraduate and Harvard University for a Masters in Leadership and Psychology, and he completed a second Masters degree in Jewish Philosophy at Yeshiva University. He completed his doctorate at Columbia University in Moral Development and Epistemology, and has taught as an instructor of moral philosophy at Barnard College and at the UCLA Law School. Shmuly was ordained as a Rabbi by Yeshivat Chovevei Torah (the YCT Rabbinical School) as a Wexner Graduate Fellow prior to which he studied Talmud and Jewish law at Yeshivat Hamivtar in Efrat, Israel for two years.
As a global social justice activist and educator, Shmuly has volunteered, taught, and staffed missions in five continents including Israel, Ghana, India, France, Thailand, El Salvador, Britain, Senegal, Germany, Switzerland, Ukraine, Argentina, South Africa, and Haiti. Shmuly served at the World Economic Forum in Geneva and Davos, Switzerland as the rabbinic representative, a facilitator, and motivational speaker. Shmuly served as the Director of Jewish Life & Senior Jewish Educator at the UCLA Hillel, was on faculty at Shalhevet High School, served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California, and is a member of the International Rabbinic Fellowship. For three years, Shmuly taught philosophy twice a week at an inner-city school in Harlem and served on the New York Department of Health's Office of Minority Health Clergy Steering Committee. Shmuly worked in business consulting for a major top 10 firm, has lectured and consulted across the world, has served in five different congregations in Montreal, Connecticut, Boston, Florida, and Los Angeles and has taught as a scholar-in-residence for dozens of synagogues and organizations. He served on the International Board of Hillel for two years and was the Director of Panim's Leadership and Activism training (JAM) in Washington D.C.
The Science of Jewish Social Values: Dr. David H. Rosmarin, Instructor, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and Assistant in Psychology, McLean Hospital
Towards a Jewish Ethics of Public Health: Dr. Sara Shostak, Assistant Professor of Sociology
Sara Shostak joined the Brandeis University Department of Sociology in 2006. Her research and teaching interests include sociology of health and illness; science and technology studies; the sociology of the body; sociological perspectives on bioethics; environmental health and justice; genetics/genomics; research methods. Prior to coming to Brandeis, Professor Shostak was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at Columbia University.
Shostak's first book - Exposed Science: Genes, the Environment, and the Politics of Population Health - is forthcoming from the University of California Press. Drawing on in-depth interviews and ethnographic observation with nearly 100 environmental health scientists, policy makers, and environmental health and justice activists, Defining Vulnerabilities analyzes the rise of the study of gene-environment interaction in the environmental health sciences and examines its consequences for how we understand – and seek to protect – population health.
Shostak served as an associate editor of a special issue of the American Journal of Sociology focused on how sociologists can use genetic information as a lever to illuminate dimensions of social organization and complex social processes, thereby advancing sociological theory and research methods. She recently completed a collaborative analysis of how people make use of "nature" and "nurture" in their accounts of inequalities across individual level outcomes (e.g., health, intelligence, and success in life). She currently is working on a study that examines change over time in the illness experiences and processes of identity formation among people with epilepsy and their family members (1975 to 2005).
Dr. Rabbi Yossi Ives, Chairman, Tag Institute for Jewish Social Values
Dr. Rabbi Yossi Ives is pioneering a new field which interweaves Judaic ideas and empirical research to address pressing social issues. Dr. Ives does far more than talk about social issues from a Jewish perspective. He develops evidence-based interventions that impact children, families, communities, and society. These interventions are designed using a method that synthesizes Jewish and scientific thought: Jewish ideas and practices say X, which suggests the form of intervention (Y), which will now be tested empirically in manner Z. Tag research associates and emerging scholars conduct research in diverse fields including education, mental health, public health, and prison reform. One salient theme among the different research studies is trauma and healing. Studies investigate how to strengthen the aspects of students' and clients' characters that enable them to recover and thrive. These studies include a study of the effectiveness of reconciliation strategies after the genocide in Rwanda, the investigation of a new clinical treatment for generalized anxiety disorder based on Jewish ideas, research on how to foster sensitivity towards children with disabilities among typical children using Jewish concepts, research on how to prevent the inadvertent social exclusion of children that draws upon Jewish texts, research on recovering from post-traumatic stress disorder using a framework based on Jewish ideas, and research on art therapy and Judaism to promote children's resiliency and creativity. Moreover, Dr. Ives has launched institute projects that address aging enrichment, social exclusion of children and bullying, dating and values, moral education, a giving society, and parenting. He places a premium on humanitarian interventions in the developing world, institute projects in the Western world, and research studies that promise to benefit the wider society in addition to the Jewish community.
Dr. Ive's innovative leadership and humanitarian activities have been widely heralded, particularly in such areas as women's health and empowerment, agriculture, disaster preparedness, technology, and home care models for the elderly in countries ranging from India, Georgia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Rwanda, Ukraine, Kenya, and more. As an indicator of his global leadership, Tag co-hosted this year the Asia Network for Disaster Preparedness. Professionals from Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Jordan, Turkey, Myanmar, India and Israeli met to foster regional cooperation, exchange best practices, and develop pioneering solutions.
Dr. Michael Ben-Avie, Chair, Executive Board, Tag Institute for Jewish Social Values
Michael Ben-Avie, Ph.D. is an academic psychologist with postdoctoral work at the Yale Child Study Center. In 2005, he was accepted for inclusion in the federal registry of outcome evaluators (U.S. Department of Education, Institute for Education Sciences' What Works Clearinghouse Registry of Evaluation Researchers).
He is a nationally-recognized expert on education as co-editor of six books on educational change and youth development with James. P. Comer, M.D., Associate Dean of the Yale School of Medicine. As Principal Investigator and Co-P.I., conducted outcome evaluations of federal grants, including grants from the U.S. Department of Education; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Center for Substance Abuse Treatment; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Mental Health Services; and a collaboration among the U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Justice.
Dr. Ben-Avie has served as an academic advisor to Jewish philanthropic organizations. He has conducted numerous research studies with colleagues in the Jewish community. He was a co-investigator of a study on the childhood roots of Jewish adults' quality of life (which studied day and congregational schools, camps, and youth groups). His most recent research in the Jewish community is the outcome evaluation of the Rose Community Foundation's MazelTot initiative.
"There is a tendency for people to think of values as simply 'being nice to people.' I shall argue here for a conception of values that is based on 'judicious action.' A values orientation looks at every action as the product of a choice, and it adopts the view that it is important to make good and effective choices."
Dr. Rabbi Yossi Ives
Tag Institute for Jewish Social Values deploys unique humanitarian expertise and proven social models, which are based on Jewish social values, to create sustainable solutions in developing countries.
Tag Institute is a think tank and research center that is pioneering a new field which interweaves Jewish ideas and practices with concepts and methods from the social sciences. Tag's research impacts children, families, neighborhoods, communities, and society. In Tag, Jewish social values are far more than just pious general statements. They form the backbone of studies in medicine, education, mental health, public health, and other fields. Tag is searching for partners who are interested in focusing on contemporary social issues around the world which could be addressed through the prism of Jewish ideas and practices.
At Tag Institute, we believe that ideas create change. Yet, for ideas to have real impact they must be action-oriented, directed, and applied to pressing issues that affect the lives of people and the functioning of communities.
Tag Institute offers Jewish emerging scholars with an opportunity to join an international group that encourages doctoral students and recent recipients of a doctoral degree to interweave their Jewish sides and their scientific sides for the purpose of helping the vulnerable.