By Marshall Zolla
Shalom Hartman Institute Board Member Marshall Zolla shares his impressions from his time in Israel this summer:
Questions dealing with the concept of Jewish Peoplehood challenged our minds and stimulated new insights and understanding [at the Community Leadership Summer Retreat]. Israel as a Jewish and democratic state was examined through the prism of text study, historical context and the current reality of regional upheaval. Over 100 Community Lay Leaders from North America, of diverse backgrounds and pluralistic viewpoints, made the summer pilgrimage to study together, to learn and be inspired by gifted teachers and to immerse themselves in a collective refreshment of their Jewish heritage and tradition.
Approximately 150 rabbis also make the journey to the Hartman Institute each summer for spiritual renewal and in-depth study with their colleagues.
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