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Envisioning the Future

Social Vision Conference 2021

January 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, and February 1st

The Social Vision Conferences are a series of discussions featuring world-renowned scholars and practitioners coming together to examine what the indigenous wisdom of Jewish Mysticism can bring to bear on modern day problems and the future of society as a whole. The conferences are predicated on Professor Philip Wexler’s breakthrough volume: Social Vision: The Lubavitcher Rebbe’s Transformative Paradigm for the World.

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When a Sociologist embarks on a mission to find an escape from the “iron cage” of modern society, he stumbles onto a treasure trove of strikingly current solutions to today’s problems in the ancient and indigenous wisdom of Jewish Mysticism.



What is "Spiritual Environmentalism?" What do Jewish Spirituality and mysticism have to say about ecology and the environment? What's old just might be new...

Summary & Book Guide

The book Social Vision by Professor Philip Wexler, Jewish Mystical scholar Eli Rubin, and popular author Michael Wexler explores what ancient Jewish Spiritual and Kabbalistic teachings can offer as a blueprint for future society...

Social Vision Conference 2021's Schedule

Monday, January 25th

Monday, January 25th

Monday, January 25th

Monday, January 25th

Monday, January 25th

Tuesday, January 26th

Tuesday, January 26th



Monday, January 25th

“The Future of Planet Earth”
- Sandra Lubarsky, Ph.D. (Flagstaff College)
- Jon Erickson, Ph.D. (University of Vermont)
- Steve Brenner, Ph.D. (Bar Ilan University)

“Earth, Wind & Fire: The Dawning of a New Day”
- Erik Peckar (Vineyard Power)
- Bill McKibben (, Middlebury College)
- Rebecca Martusewicz, Ph.D. (Eastern Michigan

“Spiritual Ecology”
- Ariel Evan Mayse, Ph.D. (Stanford University)
- Ellen Bernstein (Founder of Shomrei Adamah)
- Janna Siller (Adamah, Hazon)
- Adam Berman (Urban Adamah)

Learning Workshop: “What Does Chassidus have to say about

- Co-hosted by Rena Yehuda Newman from New Voices

Diversity in


Tuesday, January 26th

“Diversity and the Future”
- Charles Howard, Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania)
- David L. Cohen (Comcast Corporation)

“Race & Racism: An Interview with Kathy and Kenyon”
- Kathy Humphrey, Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh)
- Kenyon Bonner, Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh)
- Liel Leibovitz, Ph.D. (Tablet Magazine)

“Hasidic Feminism: In Theory & Practice”
- Chava Green (Emory College)
- Tali Loewenthal, Ph.D. (University College London)
- Michal Etzion (Bar-Ilan University)

Social Justice and Spirituality

Wednesday, January 27th

“A Paradigm Shift in Warehousing Human Beings”
- Sholom Lipskar (Aleph Institute)
- Sam Burstyn (Criminal Defense Attorney)

“Living Hasidism in the ‘Real’ World”
- Rachel Werczberger, Ph.D. (Ramat Gana Academic
- Sam Berrin Shonkoff, Ph.D. (Graduate Theological Union)
- Estelle Frankel (Psychotherapist, Author)

“Socio-Mystical Justice and Incarceration”
- Roxanne E. Formey (Juvenile Court of Catham County)
- Michael Lerner (Tikkun Magazine)
- Elaine Leeder, M.S.W., M.P.H., Ph.D. (Sonoma State


“Reimagining Education”
- Yotam Hotam, Ph.D. (University of Haifa)
- Peter McLaren, Ph.D. (Chapman University)

“Paths to Utopia Today: Social Vision and Economic

- Catherine Casey (Loughborough University)
- Heinz Sünker (University of Wuppertal)

“Higher Education: Elevating Transformational Learning &
Personal Development”

- Benjamin Selznick, Ph.D. (James Madison University)
- Tricia Seifert, Ph.D. (Montana State University)
- Claire Robbins, Ph.D. (Virginia Tech)
- Seán McCarthy, Ph.D. (James Madison University)

Keynote Lecture: “In The Footsteps of the Footsteps: Retrieving
the Future in Anticipating the Past”

- Introduction by Eli Rubin
- Elliot Wolfson, Ph.D. (U.C. Santa Barbara)

Thursday, January 28th

Looking Forward

Monday, February 1st

“Deliberation on the Future of Jewish Education”

- Led by Barry Chazan, Ph.D.
- Featuring teachings from:
o Zohar Raviv, Ph.D. (V.P. of Taglit-Birthright)
o Erica Brown, Ph.D. (Professor of Education at
George Washington University)

“Theory and Application of the Rebbe's Social Philosophy”
- Richard Sugarman, Ph.D. (University of Vermont)
- Binyamin Murray (Chabad of Middlebury)

“The Power of Moral Imagination”
- Joseph Telushkin (Author)

Recordings - 2021

Social Vision Conference 2021's Recorded Sessions

Recordings 2021

Spiritual Environmentalism

Diversity in Practice

Social Justice and Spirituality


Looking Forward

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