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The Shalom Hartman Institute is pleased to announce that on September 26 at 1:00 pm (+3 GMT), Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman will present a lecture at the annual Hakhel Festival which will take place at the Sapir College in Sderot:

‘”Not by might and not by force, but by my spirit” – A new spirit in the Israeli-Jewish dialogue’

The lecture, which will take place in Hebrew, will focus on how we, as Jews and Israelis, understand our sovereignty and cultivate affinity between Israeli and world Jewry. The Jewish people must formulate a common new narrative—based on a vocabulary of Jewish values–with which to define the role and significance of Israel and Zionism for contemporary Jewry around the world.

We have set up a Twitter “hashtag” (#Hakhel) which will make it easy to identify excerpts of the lecture. If you put this term (#Hakhel) in the search box on the right tool bar of the Twitter homepage you will see all of the messages written by the SHI representatives at the event. If you try it right now, you will see the announcement that we Tweeted (posted to Twitter) with the release of this message.

The Hakhel Festival is an annual, pluralistic Jewish gala event which brings together people from across the Israeli political, social, and cultural spectrum for Jewish learning, performing arts events, and panel discussions.

If there are any other methods via which the proceedings will be broadcast, we will let you know via our blog, our page on Facebook…and of course Twitter. If you have any additional questions about the event or our coverage of it, please feel free to contact Ilana Teitelbaum at ilana_t@shi.org.il.

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Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman

Donniel Hartman’s latest article on Rosh Hashanah illustrates how we may apply the Jewish concept of repentance to the Middle East peace process:

As we begin what may be our last effort at a political solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, it is essential that we internalize our belief in the possibility of change. The Palestinian people and Authority have much to give account for and much which is in need of significant change if we Israelis are to believe peace and security can coexist. However, it is critical that we not look at past behavior as predetermining future actions. It is time that we free ourselves from the traumas of the Second Intifada and the response to our unilateral withdrawal from Gaza. To believe that Palestinian society can never change is not only a self-fulfilling and destructive belief; it is also antithetical to the concept of tshuva. We must believe that nothing is inevitable, that no future is predetermined and that people of good will can indeed both transform themselves and in so doing, transform our future.
Visit the SHI website to read the rest of this article.

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On Tuesday, August 24, Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman and Dr. Tal Becker of the Shalom Hartman Institute  “Engaging Israel” project team participated in a symposium entitled “The De-legitimization of Israel: Threats, Challenges and Responses”  at the IDC Herzliya.  Tony Blair was the symposium keynote speaker and participants included Members of Knesset Tzipi Livni and Nahman Shai.

Donniel Hartman focused on the necessity of changing the Zionist narrative for Jews worldwide. “Our challenge is to create a new Zionist narrative that is not built on the Holocaust or any other threat,” he said at the conference. “The new Zionist narrative has to be built on Jewish values that are relevant to Jews around the world.”

In the keynote speech, Tony Blair proposed 5 steps to combating the de-legitimization of Israel:


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On Tuesday, August 24, Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman and Dr. Tal Becker of the Shalom Hartman Institute Engaging Israel project team will participate in a symposium entitled “The De-legitimization of Israel: Threats, Challenges and Responses”  at the IDC Herzliya. The symposium keynote speaker will be Tony Blair and participants will include Members of Knesset Tzipi Livni and Nahman Shai.

The segments of the symposium noted below will be live-Tweeted from the Shalom Hartman Institute Twitter account. Simply follow Hartman_Inst and watch for updates under #EngagingIsrael.

4:30pm Israel time (GMT+2)

Panel II:  Possible Responses

Chair: MK Dr. Nachman Shai, Former IDF Spokesman and member of Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee of the Knesset

Mr. Gidi Grinstein, Founder and President, The Reut Institute

Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman, President, Shalom Hartman Institute

Irit Kohn, Former Head of the International Department General Attorney, Deputy

President of The International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists

Dr. Noam Lemelshtrich-Latar, Dean of the Sammy Ofer School of

Communications, IDC Herzliya

6:15pm Israel time (GMT+2)

Round-Table Discussion with Ambassadors Stationed in Israel

Chair: Dr. Tal Becker, Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute and  Senior Associate at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy

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Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman

Shalom Hartman Institute president Donniel Hartman will participate in a symposium entitled “The De-legitimization of Israel: Threats, Challenges and Responses.” The Institute’s own Tal Becker, of the “Engaging Israel” team, will also participate.

Other participants will include Tony Blair, Tzipi Livni, and Nahman Shai. The event will take place on Tuesday, August 24, in IDC Herzliya.

For more information, visit the site. Want to attend? It’s easy to register.

Watch this space for more updates as new information becomes available.

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Donniel Hartman’s commentary on the “Rotem Conversion Bill” controversy, “Relationship of Israel and World Jewry Depends on Meaning, Not Claims of Necessity,” is receiving widespread attention in Israel and North America, including citations and reprints by The New York Times, Forward, and Ynet, among others:

Israel Puts Off Crisis Over Conversion Law (The New York Times, 23/07/2010)

Donniel was quoted in an article by The New York Times Jerusalem Bureau Chief Ethan Bronner on the subject:

“There is increasing discomfort among American Jews with Israel,” commented Rabbi Donniel Hartman, president of Jerusalem’s Shalom Hartman Institute, which is devoted to exploring Jewish issues. “This issue is a place where they can express the displeasure that they might not be willing to state on the flotilla and other political matters.”

For that reason, some here, even among those sympathetic to the Reform and Conservative movements, like Rabbi Hartman, feel that the American reaction to the Rotem bill was overly aggressive.

“They overstated this one,” he said.

Jewish Legitimacy (Forward, 21/07/2010)

In an editorial taking a contrarian view of the conversion bill uproar, the Forward excerpted Donniel’s most recent commentary: “Rabbi Donniel Hartman of the Shalom Hartman Institute, one of the saner voices during this emotional dispute, put it best: ‘It requires a commitment to Israel not as it is, but as it ought to be, and a willingness to invest in creating such an Israel.’ And, he wrote recently, ‘it requires a deep caring.’”

The Forward then went on to say: “To care deeply doesn’t obligate us to swear blind loyalty and suppress disagreement. But it doesn’t allow us to turn our backs, either. With all the worried talk about the demise of “liberal Zionism,” here is a chance for Jews in Israel and the Diaspora to resurrect its future.”

The Forward’s editorial was also reprinted on the influential blog, EJewishPhilanthropy.com

United or divided? (Jerusalem Post, 24/07/10)

The Jerusalem Post reprinted the original commentary by Donniel Hartman, which ran first on the Institute’s website.

A version in Hebrew was published on Ynet, the leading news website in Israel, on 25/07/2010. Click here for the Hebrew version.

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Israel’s image continues to take a beating. Just Wednesday, July 7, 2010, there was a report – widely repeated in the media and Twittersphere that Dustin Hoffman and Meg Ryan, two Hollywood A-list actors (well, maybe Meg is A- or B+ these days) had backed out of advanced negotiations designed to bring them to Israel for the upcoming Jerusalem Film Festival. The festival opens July 8, 2010. (Update: According to gojerusalem.com, French actor Jean Reno, star of the festival’s opening film, is planning to attend.)

The JTA offered a good analysis of the anti-Israel feeling and the delegitimization campaign(?) and cited a recent report by Tel Aviv’s Reut Institute that offered suggestions on how to combat it. The article also notes that the government hasn’t done anything like what the report calls for, and says other efforts, from “re-branding” Israel to quicker responses to breaking news, haven’t done much to combat the phenomenon, either.

That’s where the Hartman Institute’s Engaging Israel Project is looking to enter and change the debate. Engaging Israel is focused on bringing Jewish values to the dilemmas of nationhood. Panelists such as Donniel Hartman, Gil Troy, Yossi Klein Halevi, and others have already been writing about the project, even before it comes out with a final report or conclusions.

Hundreds have already signed up for emails updating the Panel’s progress. Sign up today and get on board and participate in the discussion.

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