Press Release

“Justice, Justice Shall You Pursue...”

Economics and Social Justice in Jewish Tradition

Economics and Social Justice in Jewish Tradition

Sunday, 23 June 2013, Israel Democracy Institute, 4 Pinsker St., Jerusalem - As the Knesset debates a budget with cuts to social programs and the return of the Wisconsin welfare program, rabbis, scholars, and other thought-leaders will gather to examine how Jewish sources can inform socio-economic policy in the Jewish State.

On Wednesday, June 26 from 9:00 to 16:00, IDI will convene a conference, in cooperation with the Ruderman Family Foundation and an anonymous donor operating in Israel, that will explore topics such as:

  • The Social-Economic Constitution of the Bible
  • Transforming Welfare Policy
  • The Institution of Credit in Jewish Law

Participants will include:

  • Rabbi Benny Lau, Head of IDI's Human Rights & Judaism in Action project; Rabbi of the Ramban Synagogue in Jerusalem
  • Prof. Fania Oz-Salzberger, Faculty of Law at University of Haifa
  • Rabbi Dr. Joseph Isaac Lifshitz, Shalem College
  • Prof. Yedidia Stern, VP of Research at IDI; Law Prof. at Bar-Ilan University

The conference will be held in Hebrew; English interviews may be scheduled upon request. The event will be broadcast live on the IDI website and will be available later on the IDI YouTube channel.  Additional information about the event may be found on the event page.

To RSVP or for more information, contact:
Yehoshua Oz
Director of International Communications