We are honored to present Rabbi Dr. Warren Goldstein, chief rabbi of South Africa, in conversation with Eric S. Goldstein, CEO of UJA-Federation of New York. Together they will discuss the Jewish response to the pandemic and how to emerge as better, stronger, and more inspired communities, in New York and across the globe.
You will also learn about UJA’s work to meet the ongoing needs created by the Covid-19 crisis.
This event welcomes donors who give a gift of $1,000 or more, individually or as a family, to UJA's 2021 Annual Campaign.
Rabbi Dr. Warren Goldstein is the current chief rabbi of South Africa and a global Jewish leader. Often referred to as a “spiritual entrepreneur,” he has launched and led a number of innovative social projects with global reach and impact.
Locally, his Bill of Responsibilities — adopted by the Department of Education and taught in schools nationwide — has shown a new generation of young South Africans the importance of compassion and respect for the dignity and wellbeing of others. Community Action Protection (CAP), a unique community-driven crime-fighting initiative that protects 30,000 homes and upwards of 250,000 people, has reduced contact crime in its area of operation by between 80 and 90 percent. Sinai Indaba is the largest annual Torah convention of its kind.
Two of his local projects have been embraced and championed by world Jewry: Generation Sinai, an annual family learning experience, as well as The Shabbat Project, which unites Jews annually in over 1,000 cities on an unprecedented scale.
The youngest person ever to be elected to the position, Chief Rabbi Goldstein is a strong advocate for creative, proactive leadership and effective partnership to find unique solutions to the challenges of our time.
He has featured on The Algemeiner’s “The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life” multiple times, as well as on The Jerusalem Post’s “Top 50 Most Influential Jews in the World.” He is an executive member of South Africa’s National Religious Leaders Council, through which he is involved with strengthening interfaith relations in the country between Jews, Christians, Muslims, Hindus, and other faiths, as well as engaging with the government on national policy matters.
A qualified Jewish law judge, Rabbi Goldstein has published several books including African Soul Talk: When Politics Is Not Enough (with Dumani Mandela); Defending the Human Spirit: Jewish Law’s Vision for a Moral Society; Sefer Mishpat Tzedek (a detailed analysis of Torah business law and ethics, with particular focus on competition law); and The Legacy: Teachings for Life from the Great Lithuanian Rabbis (with Rabbi Berel Wein).
The Chief Rabbi has a Ph.D. in human rights and constitutional law and is a regular columnist for The Jerusalem Post and aish.com.
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