Values-Based Decision Making: Some Second Thoughts

By Barbara Hirsh, David Teutsch

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC), Fall 2005

Hirsh presents a critique of the "Values-Based Decision Making" (VBDM) system proposed by David Teutsch in an earlier publication, and Teutsch responds to her critique. Elements include: the necessary training and background, both in Jewish literacy and in leadership and management skills, to properly implement VBDM; methods of measuring VBDM's efficacity; the difficulty of determining whether and when values affect behavior, as opposed to behavior affecting values; the risk of simply reinforcing rather than challenging previously held positions; and the danger of conflating this values-based system with the conservative American Right discourse on values.

Topic: Congregations and Synagogues, Reconstructionist Judaism, Leadership, Values, Synagogues and Congregations

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Editor: Hirsh, Richard

Volume/Issue: Vol. 70/No. 1

Page Number(s): 107-113

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Hirsh, Barbara. Teutsch, David. Values-Based Decision Making: Some Second Thoughts. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA),Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC). Fall 2005: 107-113.


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