Please join us for a talk by
Masorti Rabbi Novis-Deutsch.
He will join us from Israel via Zoom.
The talk will be followed by a Q and A.

“Can a Halacha be Immoral?”

A key to molding different Jewish worldviews in Israeli society.

A talk by Rabbi Novis-Deutsch
from Israel via zoom

March 6, Sunday  10:30 a.m. PST

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Organized by the V’Zot Yisrael Committee


In this session, we will try to define the relationship and the tensions between “Halacha” and “ethics” as concepts, and examine how different rabbis dealt with this dilemma. We will also see how this dilemma still plays a major role in many contemporary Jewish debates, both in Israel and the Diaspora.

Rabbi Avi Novis Deutsch is the Dean of the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary (SRS) Since 2015. Ordained as a Masorti rabbi by the SRS in 2003, Rabbi Novis Deutsch also has an M.A. in Jewish Studies from JTS. He served for nine years as a pulpit rabbi at two Masorti congregations in Israel, most recently, at Haminyan Hamishpachti Masorti Kfar Veradim. Rabbi Novis-Deutsch also worked for two years as a Jewish educator in Berkeley and in the Bay Area. During this time he attended Congregation Netivot Shalom. He was a Fellow at the Mandel Institute for Educational Leadership and spent eight years in yeshiva study. He lives on Kibbutz Hanaton with his wife and children.