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Employer Responsibilities and Employee Rights During a Pandemic with T'ruah

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 2 Cheshvan 5781

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

This week's workshop is co-led by none other than Rabbi Shahar Colt! CDT is excited to co-sponsor this series by T'ruah:

In May 2020, T’ruah launched “Jewish Law and Ethics: a hackathon for the age of COVID-19,” with the goal of applying Jewish wisdom, including halakhah (Jewish law), history, ethics, and lived experience, to ethical and human rights questions that have risen in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our eight scholars have been hard at work discovering Jewish sources that speak to four crucial ethical questions, and crafting Jewish guidelines for navigating these challenges in our current moment and beyond. 

We are thrilled to share the results of this project with the broader Jewish community. Below you will find information on webinars on each project topic, links to the source material our scholars have gathered, and guidelines grounded in Jewish law and ethics for navigating these challenging questions.

Webinar Series

Join us for all four classes this October, or drop in for a single class in the series!
*PLEASE NOTE that while all webinars are on Tuesdays, they do not all take place at the same time of day.* 


Employer Responsibilities and Employee Rights During a Pandemic
Ranana Dine and Rabbi Alana Suskin
Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 12:00-1:00pm ET

As the pandemic persists, some workplaces have shifted seamlessly online; others have continued, or have slowly resumed, requiring workers’ in-person presence. How much, and for how long must someone continue to pay an employee who cannot work due to a pandemic? Can my boss insist I come back to work, even if I don’t feel safe? How does our tradition speak to vulnerability, risk and responsibility when it comes to labor? Register here.


Upcoming Webinar

Contact Tracing, Civil Liberties and Public Health   
Rabbi Shahar Colt and Rabbi Ben Gurin
Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 12:00-1:00pm ET

Contact tracing is an essential tool for fighting the spread of COVID-19, but many recent tech-based suggestions about how to implement this public-health strategy broadly and quickly raise serious privacy concerns. How should Jews approach these concerns about contact tracing? How do we maintain values of liberty, privacy and public safety in extraordinary circumstances? Register here.


Check back here in the coming weeks for links to resources developed by our scholars, including source sheets, videos, and guidelines for Jewish ethical practice.

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