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Louis E. Newman is the John M. and Elizabeth W. Musser Professor of Religious Studies, and Associate Dean of the College and Director of Advising at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. He has been described by Rabbi Eugene Borowitz as "probably our leading contemporary critic of applied Jewish ethical method."[1]

Newman is the author of numerous books such as

  • Past Imperatives: Studies in the History and Theory of Jewish Ethics (SUNY Press, 1998)
  • An Introduction to Jewish Ethics (Prentice Hall, 2005)
  • Repentance: the Meaning and Practice of Teshuvah (Jewish Lights, 2010)

Newman was the founding President of the Society of Jewish Ethics.[2]

He also served as president of Beth Jacob Congregation in Mendota Heights, Minnesota from June 2009-June 2011.[3][4]

He is married to Amy Eilberg, the first woman to be ordained as a rabbi in Conservative Judaism.[5]


  1. ^ Eugene Borowitz, Judaism after modernity: papers from a decade of fruition (University Press of America, 1999), p. 21
  2. ^ Noam J. Zohar, Quality of life in Jewish bioethics'," p. 138
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  5. ^ "Amy Eilberg". Jewish Women's Encyclopedia. Retrieved 23 December 2010.