Dr. Louis Newman and Rabbi Amy Elberg have supported Masorti for many years as part of their dedication and personal commitment to a pluralistic and democratic Israel. They have raised the profile of Masorti in the Twin Cities Jewish community (their home until 2016), hosting parlor meetings and introducing new donors to the values of the Masorti movement.
Louis Newman, a leading scholar of Jewish ethics, has been thinking, teaching and writing about Jewish ideas for over 30 years. He is currently Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Director of Undergraduate Advising and Research at Stanford University. Prior to that, he had a long career as a widely respected teacher, mentor and administrator at Carleton College from 1983-2016. His most recent book is Repentance: The Meaning and Practice of Teshuvah (Jewish Lights, 2010). He also serves on the International Council of the New Israel Fund.
Rabbi Amy Eilberg is the first woman ordained as a Conservative rabbi by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. She serves as the director of the Pardes Rodef Shalom (Pursuer of Peace) Communities Program, helping synagogues and Jewish organizations place the pursuit of peace in interpersonal relationships at the center of their communal mission. Rabbi Eilberg also serves as a spiritual director and interfaith activist in the San Francisco Bay Area, and teaches the art of listening, dialogue and conflict engagement in venues throughout the country. Her book, From Enemy to Friend: Jewish Wisdom and the Pursuit of Peace, was published by Orbis Books in 2014. She received her Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in 2016.
Rabbi Eilberg has been honored with awards from the Rabbinical Assembly, the New Israel Fund, and Tru’ah: the Rabbinic Call for Human Rights.
Together Louis and Amy have three children, Penina Eilberg-Schwarz, Etan Newman and Jonah Newman.