Compassion, Love, and the American Future: Rabbi Shai Held in conversation with Martha Nussbaum

Thursday, March 15 at 8pm

The Edlavitch DCJCC is thrilled to bring Rabbi Shai Held and philosopher Martha Nussbaum together as part of our Words and Ideas program, which brings together dynamic thought-leaders to examine ideas, thought, and contemporary questions through a Jewish lens.


Join us for a lively and engaging conversation which will examine the role of compassion and humanity in contemporary world events, and envision a future in which these vital qualities are given their due. Rabbi Shai Held is co-founder of The Hadar Institute, one of the most exciting and innovative Jewish educational institutions in the world. Professor Nussbaum is one of the foremost philosophers in America, the current Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, and the author of numerous books and articles. Both have written extensively on the subject of compassion and empathy; Rabbi Held is currently writing a book about the centrality of love in Jewish thought and practice. We need this conversation now more than ever, as we witness an era when the values of kindness and respect seem almost passé. This conversation will be moderated by Larissa MacFarquhar, a staff writer at The New Yorker who writes about philosophy, morality, and human behavior.


Pre-Register for Compassion, Love and the American Future here.


Tickets will be available for purchase at the door but online purchase ahead of time is strongly encouraged.