Click to learn about Repentance: The Meaning and Practice of Teshuvah, the newest book by Louis E. Newman.

Upcoming Appearances

Interview with "On Being" with Krista Tippett

Broadcast on NPR stations across the country: Check local listings

Also available online: Click here

 

December 5, 2015

"Jewish Social Justice:  Facing Others, Seeing God"

Congregation Brith Shalom, Bellaire, TX

 

"Got Advice?  You Betcha!  New Directions in Carleton's Advising Program"

Carleton Club, Houston

 

December 14, 2015

"Got Advice?  You Betcha!  New Directions in Carleton's Advising Program"

Carleton Club, New York City

 

March 24, 2016

"The Challenge of Repentance, The Problem of Forgiveness:  Windwos into the Human Condition"

Lynchburg College


Scholar-in-Residence Weekends

Professor Louis E. Newman is available for scholar-in-residence weekends. Specific titles and topics can be tailored to the needs and interests of the congregation. Click here to contact Dr. Newman regarding availability.

Examples of past programs include (click to learn more):

Lecture at Harvard Divinity School

Louis gave the List Lecture at HDS, "To Forgive is Human:  Jewish Reflections on the Meaning and Practice of Forgiveness," on April 4, 2013.  A video of his talk is available here.

 

Workshop

Teshuvah Bootcamp:  Getting Your Soul in Shape for the Holidays

  • Workshop outline

9:30 – 10:45                        Where Are We Going?

                                                We all know what teshuvah is. . . or do we?  Discover

                                                new ways of understanding repentance and its  

                                                power in our lives. 

                                   

11:00 – 12:00                        How Do We Get There?  Finding Our Way on the Path of Teshuvah

                                                What does real teshuvah consist of?  What qualities do we need to  

                                                cultivate in order to do the work of moral transformation? 

  

12:00 – 12:45                       Lunch

  

12:45 – 1:45                        Transforming Our Past, Re-envisioning Our Future

                                                How can the mistakes of the past help us renew our  

                                                moral and spiritual lives? How can we find a balance  

                                                between paying attention to our past deeds and breaking 

                                                with them? 

                                     

2:00 – 3:00                        The Promise of Teshuvah

                                                Culminating exercise on the power and promise of  

                                                repentance in our lives and reflections on where we go

                                                from here.

 

  • Participants' comments:

           "Awesome.  It was the perfect way to get spiritually prepared for the holidays"

           "I recommend it to anyone interested.  Bravo!"

           "Thank you for a wonderful day."

           "The most important part of this workshop for me was the distillation of so much wisdom in a way   that I could really take it in."

           "I'm really glad I came!  You are an excellent teacher!"

           "Thank you for creating a critical thinking and safe place for us to learn and respond."


Other Topics in Jewish Ethics and Theology

  • Teshuvah 101:  Where Do I Begin and How Do I Know When I'm Done?
  • Teshuvah Exercises:  Getting Your Soul in Shape for the New Year
  • Curses and Stumbling-blocks:  How to Relate to the Vulnerable Among Us
  • Red Torah, Blue Torah:  Is Judaism Liberal or Conservative?
  • Divine Fire:  The Passionate and Destructive Faces of God
  • Food for Thought:  The Jewish Ethics of Eating
  • Inheriting God:  The Meaning of El Maleh Rahamim
  •  Our Money and Our Values:  Making Sense of Our Cents
  • The Jews and God—The Covenant Reconsidered
  • The Shema:  The Ambiguous Affirmation
  • Whistle-blowing:  Am I My Brother’s (and Sister’s) Keeper?
  • The Narrative and the Normative:  The Value of Stories for Jewish Ethics
  • Our Bodies, Our Values:  Whose “Self” Am I?
  • The Ethics of the Powerful:  Dilemmas of Professional Life
  • Looking at the Dark Side:  What is the Evil Inclination and Why Does it Matter? 
  • Jewish Ethics:  What Does God Have To Do With It? 
  • Ethics, Faith and Healing:  Jewish Physicians' Reflections on Medical Practice
  • Tzedakah:  It's Not How Much You Give That Matters 
  • Ethics at the End:  Jewish Values and Care for the Dying 
  • The Ethics of Forgiveness
  • Jewish "Law and Order":  Commandments as a Path for Spiritual Growth

 

What People are Saying about Louis Newman's Teaching

 

“Louis Newman is a fabulous teacher. He was able to present scholarly material in a warm, accessible way that engaged our congregants intellectually, emotionally and spiritually. We can't wait to invite him back!”


Rabbi Janet Marder

Congregation Beth Am, Los Altos Hills, CA

 

 

"We were delighted to have Dr. Louis E. Newman as a scholar-in-residence at Congregation Adath Jeshurun.  Dr. Newman's presentations blended learning and charm that enthralled his audience.  He took a topic that could have been arcane and made it accessible to our congregation.  Their eager comments and questions demonstrated that he touched a deep cord within them."


Rabbi Seymour Rosenbloom

Adath Jeshurun Congregation, Elkins Park, PA

 


"Professor Louis Newman is the kind of master teacher about whom we are encouraged to 'sit at his feet and drink his words with thirst.'  He did more than explain rabbinic texts, their history and their underlying values.  He brought them to life in a way that made Jewish wisdom and Jewish tradition sophisticated yet accessible, personally relevant, compelling and beautiful."


Rabbi Alexander Davis

Beth El Synagogue, St. Louis Park, MN

 


"Louis Newman is clearly a master teacher.  With warmth and depth Professor Newman led our congregants [at Westchester Reform Temple, Scarsdale, New York] through the complex and compelling world of our rabbinic sages."


Rabbi Richard Jacobs

President, Union of Reform Judaism

 


“Louis Newman has taught in Palo Alto on a number of occasions. He is always energetic, humorous, thoughtful, and articulate.  He engages his audience with humility and honesty.  He will be a very powerful teacher on the theme of Teshuvah.  I recommend him highly.”


Rabbi Sheldon Lewis
Congregation Kol Emeth, Palo Alto, CA

 

 

“Louis Newman never disappoints.  He always stimulates the minds and hearts of the people who are privileged to listen to him, and he does that not with bombast or demagoguery, but with calm, clear thought, down-to-earth and easily understandable language, and yet deep analysis of his subject. Everyone leaves his sessions enriched not only in thought, but in living one's life.”


Elliot Dorff, Rabbi, Ph.D.
Rector and Distinguished Professor of Philosophy
American Jewish University

 

 
“Louis Newman is a wonderful scholar, an unusually lucid thinker and a compelling speaker.  His book Repentance is brimming with psychological and spiritual insight as well as the breadth of Jewish tradition.”


                          David A. Teutsch, Rabbi, Ph.D.
                          Wiener Professor of Contemporary Jewish Civilization
                          Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

 


“Louis Newman is an excellent teacher.  Engaging and profound, he brings the text alive and is able to relate teachings to everyday life in ways both concrete and deep. Learning with him is always an enjoyable and meaningful experience.”

 

 

David Waksberg, Executive Director

Bureau of Jewish Education, San Francisco, CA 

 

 

"Dr. Newman came to our shul for selichot and was pitch perfect to the community and the season.  He is warm, personable, scholarly without intimidation, and deep. . .Our Holidays were shaped by this wonderful experience.  Thank you to Dr. Newman for giving us a mirror to ourselves and the chance to shape the future."


Rabbi Micah Hyman

Congregation Beth Sholom, San Francisco, CA

 

 

"Professor Newman did a beautiful job leading our eclectic Reconstructionist congregation in a very meaningful conversation on the meaning of repentance in our own lives.  He was able to draw out many different voices, so that we learned much not only from him, but from each other, as well.  Newman is certainly a wise and thoughtful scholar, and a skilled and adept moderator." 

 

Patty Diamond, Program Director

Mayim Rabim Congregation, Minneapolis, MN

 

 

"Dr. Newman was a big hit at our congregation. His presentations were well-organized, well-spoken, and addressed both the head and the heart. Both his knowledge and his menchlichkeit came through clearly. The comments I heard from members afterwards were universally and enthusiastically positive."


Rabbi Daniel Pressman

Beth David Congregation

Saratoga, CA

                                   

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What People are Saying About

Louis Newman's Teaching

 

 

"Louis Newman is clearly a master teacher.  With warmth and depth Professor Newman led our congregants through the complex and compelling world of our rabbinic sages."
 

                                                                        Rabbi Richard Jacobs

                                                                        Westchester Reform Temple, Scarsdale, New York

 

“Louis Newman has taught in Palo Alto on a number of occasions. He is always energetic, humorous, thoughtful, and articulate.  He engages his audience with humility and honesty.  He will be a very powerful teacher on the theme of Teshuvah.  I recommend him highly.”

                                                                        Rabbi Sheldon Lewis

                                                                        Congregation Kol Emeth, Palo Alto, California

 

“Louis Newman never disappoints.  He always stimulates the minds and hearts of the people who are privileged to listen to him, and he does that not with bombast or demagoguery, but with calm, clear thought, down-to-earth and easily understandable language, and yet deep analysis of his subject. Everyone leaves his sessions enriched not only in thought, but in living one's life.”

                                                                        Elliot Dorff, Rabbi, Ph.D.
                                                                        Rector and Distinguished Professor of Philosophy
                                                                        American Jewish University 

 

“Louis Newman is a wonderful scholar, an unusually lucid thinker and a compelling speaker.  His book Repentance is brimming with psychological and spiritual insight as well as the breadth of Jewish tradition.”

                                                                        David A. Teutsch, Rabbi, Ph.D.

                                                                        Wiener Professor of Contemporary Jewish Civilization

                                                                        Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

 

“Louis Newman is an excellent teacher.  Engaging and profound, he brings the text alive and is able to relate teachings to everyday life in ways both concrete and deep. Learning with him is always an enjoyable and meaningful experience.”

                                                                        David Waksberg, Executive Director

                                                                        Bureau of Jewish Education, San Francisco, California