Shulman chosen for professional ethics fellowship in Europe

Sarah Shulman, an alumna of Mercer Island High School and now a rabbinical student at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at American Jewish University, is one of 12 seminary and divinity students chosen by Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) to participate in a two-week program for future clergy this summer in New York, Germany, and Poland.

FASPE is a unique international program that explores the history of the Holocaust as a way to engage graduate students from four specific fields; journalism, law, medicine, and religion, in an intensive study of contemporary ethics in their discipline.

FASPE is predicated upon the power of place, and in particular the first-hand experience of visiting Auschwitz and traveling through Germany and Poland, where Fellows study the past and consider how to apply the lessons of history as they confront today’s ethical challenges in their profession.

FASPE fellowships examine the roles played by these kinds of professionals in Nazi Germany and underscore that the moral codes governing these essential professions can break down or be distorted with devastating consequences. “By educating students about the causes of the Holocaust and the power of their chosen professions, FASPE seeks to instill a sense of professional responsibility for the ethical and moral choices that the Fellows will make in their careers," a press release said.

Shulman, who grew up in Mercer Island and attended Mercer Island High School, is now in her fourth year at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at American Jewish University. She looks forward to the interfaith aspect of FASPE.

Shulman says, “By doing the FASPE fellowship, I hope to build relationships with seminary students from other traditions and a deeper connection to ethical issues as we explore them through our intense experience.”

She will join a group of 48 2014 FASPE Fellows who represent a broad range of religious, ethnic and racial backgrounds, and who were chosen through a competitive process that drew close to 900 applicants from around the world.


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