Yeshiva University Center for the Jewish Future and Congregation Adath Israel convene leading experts at Twitter Headquarters to discuss Jewish Ethics and the Internet

Jan 28, 2010 — On Thursday, February 11 at 6 PM, Yeshiva University (YU) Center for the Jewish Future (CJF) and San Francisco’s Congregation Adath Israel will bring together renowned thinkers in their respective fields to discuss “Jewish Ethics and the Internet” at Twitter Headquarters, suite 600, 795 Folsom Street, San Francisco.

The conference will attempt to answer questions such as how is the internet changing the employer-employee relationship; are status updates and tweets making us more narcissistic; and will it be harder to repent for past transgressions when a record in print, picture and video is permanently imprinted for all to see?

“As a great research university with a seminary at its heart we are gratified to participate in such an endeavor,” said Rabbi Kenneth Brander, The David Mitzner Dean of the CJF. “It celebrates our responsibility as a society and as Jews to look at modern technology through the prism of values and the norms and mores of our Jewish tradition.”

Speakers will include Deborah Shultz, Procter & Gamble’s advisor on social media & emerging technologies; Auren Hoffman, CEO of Rapleaf and Business Week columnist; Marcia Hofmann, staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation; Dr. David Pelcovitz, Straus Professor of Psychology and Education at YU’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration; and Del Harvey, director of Trust and Safety at Twitter.

“The internet and social networking sites are growing so fast that it’s hard for people to think through all of its ramifications,” explained Adath Israel’s Rabbi Joshua Strulowitz, a YU graduate and conference moderator. “The goal of this conference is to bring a Jewish perspective to the flurry of new ethical issues that are raised.”

To register for the conference ($50 online, $65 at the door) visit www.adathisraelsf.org or contact rabbi@adathisraelsf.org for more information.

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