Emunah is often translated as faith. We are expanding the term to mean “trustworthiness,” which is a quality of reliability based on integrity, honesty and consistency. This word defines an active characteristic of our relationships. When we act in a trustworthy manner, we begin to generate the other’s faith in us. Trust is important in our relationships. We need to be able to trust that others will be there for us. We need to trust that they will act in a consistent fashion. And, we need to trust that they will support us in a loving way. When any of these components of trust breakdown, they can irretrievably damage the relationship and damage the person who can experience feeling unloved, unsupported and/or disillusioned.


Chapter from "The Jewish Moral Virtues" by Eugene Borowitz on Emunah as "trustworthiness":

Rava said: After death, when a person is brought to account for his life, [The first thing the Heavenly tribunal] says to him is: Did you conduct your business in a trustworthy way - Babylonian Talmud Shabbat 31a


Onora O'Neill: What we don't understand about trust TED Talk:

Posters and Banners:

Congregation B'nai Keshet

Congregation Beth El
  1. May Emunah Main Poster May Emunah Conversation Poster
  2. May Emunah Conversation Poster May Emunah Conversation Poster.pdf
  3. Emunah Banner. Artist: Joy Wieder, ink & marker on paper.
    Emunah banner jpg.jpg
    Emunah banner jpg.jpg
Congregation Beth Evergreen
  1. Interactive poster

General Material:

  1. Congregation B'nai Jacob Powerpoint
  2. Congregation B'nai Keshet - Emunah
  3. Chochmat Halev
    1. EMUNAH 4.docx
    2. EMUNAH 2.doc
    3. EMUNAH.2doc
  4. JCC of San Francisco
    1. Emunah
  5. Congregation Beth Evergreen
    1. session 5 fear and trust, matza and manna.docx
    2. Homework for Emunah.docx
  6. Temple Beth Sholom
    1. Bulletin article emunah bulletin.docx
  7. Temple Sholom
    1. The Tikkun Middot Project for Iyar: Emunah, Trustwortiness
  8. Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
    1. In distinguishing the uniqueness of Moses, the Torah describes him as ne’eman, as a person who
      is consistently reliable and dependable. The quality of Emunah/Trustworthiness is worth
      cultivating not only if you are a prophet, but also in small, mundane daily
      transactions—punctuality, saying what is true and what you really mean, or completing a task to
      which you committed , when you said you would complete it (and if you don’t, letting people
      know when it will be completed. Acting in these ways allows others to see that they can rely and
      depend on you, and it encourages them to behave reliably. It forms the basic foundation of a
      well-functioning community or household.