MirYam Institute funds new Emory leadership program


One to seven digits to agree of the MirYam Institute will help establish the new Emory University Center for the Study of Law and Religion (CSLR) program, named the MirYam Project on International Ethics and Leadership: Law, Religion, Health and Safety .

This venture involves a four-year partnership between the Jewish Legal Studies program at CSLR and the MirYam Institute. The MirYam Institute is a forum for the first authorities to initiate a dialogue on the state of Israel and its affairs. Ira Bedzow, director of the MirYam Institute Project in International Ethics & Leadership, and law professor Michael J. Broyde will lead the project.

Ira Bedzow (left) and Michael J. Broyde (right). Photos courtesy of Emory University

Through mentoring opportunities, trips to Israel, and meeting with leading American and Israeli specialists in their fields, the program aims to create future leaders in various sectors including industry, healthcare, politics, public service and the community.

CSLR Director John Witte praised the program in a University press release on October 21. He said the program “will provide new scholarships and campus-wide leadership on fundamental issues of law, religious ethics, health care, security and the human condition.”

Broyde described these issues as unified in terms of the application of ethics and leadership.

“The topics we want to cover all weave a tapestry of ethical leadership,” said Broyde. “Together [they] present a model of how ethics and leadership work in a variety of fields.

This collaboration arose in part from Bedzow’s close ties with Emory. He received his doctorate in religion from Emory under the supervision of Broyde, who described Bedzow as “the best graduate student” he has ever had.

“Sometimes you meet students and you’re like ‘Oh, what I really want to do is spend my whole life working with them,’” said Broyde. “Fortunately enough, we got a grant on Ethical Leadership that was designed to bring him back to Emory University. “

Bedzow was equally excited to work with his former mentor. When offered the chance to work with Broyde, Bedzow said he “realized very quickly that this is an opportunity that doesn’t come every day”.

He also expressed his joy at the idea of ​​returning to work with the University.

“Personally, I jumped with both feet because I love Emory,” Bedzow said. “The culture is amazing, the people are wonderful and I love being here every day.”


Kevin E. Boling