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Dr. Louis Newman

John M. and Elizabeth W. Musser Professor of Religious Studies, Emeritus
Carleton College
Participates in 2 items
Louis Newman has been thinking, teaching, and writing about Jewish ideas for over 30 years.  One of the country’s leading scholars of Jewish ethics, his most recent book is Repentance:  the Meaning and Practice of Teshuvah (Jewish Lights 2010).  

He is also the author of Past Imperatives:  Studies in the History and Theory of Jewish Ethics (SUNY Press, 1998) and of An Introduction to Jewish Ethics (Prentice Hall, 2005).  He has also co-edited, with Elliot Dorff, two anthologies, Contemporary Jewish  Ethics and Morality (Oxford University Press, 1995) and Contemporary Jewish Theology (Oxford University Press, 1999).   He is co-editor (with Elliot Dorff) of three volumes in the Jewish Choices, Jewish Voices series (Jewish Publication Society, 2008/09) that address contemporary moral issues from a range of Jewish perspectives.

Louis Newman is Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Director of Undergraduate Advising and Research at Stanford University.  He is also the John M. and Elizabeth W. Musser Professor of Religious Studies, Emeritus at Carleton College, where he taught for more than thirty years.  Born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, he received his B.A. in philosophy and Hebrew and his M.A. in philosophy from the University of Minnesota.  He received his Ph.D. in Judaic Studies from Brown University.

He was the first president of the Society of Jewish Ethics, an organization he helped found.  He has also been actively involved in the educational programs of several community organizations.   He serves on the International Council of the New Israel Fund.  He served as president of the board of directors of the St. Paul Talmud Torah from 1994-96, and as president of the board of trustees of Beth Jacob Congregation (Conservative) from 2009-11.  He also serves as a consultant on issues of teaching, learning and academic advising in higher education.

Louis Newman is married to Rabbi Amy Eilberg.  Together they have three children with whom he loves to travel.  He still gets his fingers dirty reading the New York Times print edition every morning.

Sessions in which Dr. Louis Newman participates

Tuesday 21 March, 2017

Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
10:30 AM
10:30 AM
Is Forgiveness Jewish?
1 hour 30 minutes, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Loews Atlanta Hotel - Centennial


Dr. Louis Newman, Carleton College (Participant)

We often imagine that forgiveness is a largely Christian value, in contrast to a Jewish emphasis on justice. A great many traditional sources belie...
2:30 PM
2:30 PM

Loews Atlanta Hotel - Ellington Ballroom - Salon C


Dr. Louis Newman, Carleton College (Participant)

Our tradition has rich resources for helping us overcome our inevitable moral failings, both step-by-step guidelines and inspirational teachings. Y...