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Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer

The Shalom Hartman Institute of  North America (SHI-NA) is proud to announce that the North American Scholars Circle (NASC) is beginning a new program cycle. This year’s theme will be the elusive meaning of Jewish “peoplehood,” a much-debated concept that has rarely been the focus of the kind of rigorous scholarly debate which NASC will apply to it this year.

The North American Scholars Circle, comprising outstanding Judaic Studies scholars from the academy and the Jewish community, was launched in 2009. Working together to shape a new Jewish conversation in North America, NASC is tasked with formulating meaningful approaches to making Judaism relevant to contemporary life, and with using scholarship to elevate the discourse of contemporary Judaism.

In its inaugural year, NASC studied the theme of Ikkarim, defining the essential foundations of Judaism for a new generation of North American Jewry. The cohort produced a series of articles, but more importantly grounded its work in the big questions and values of contemporary Jewish life.

Now led by Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer, President of SHI-NA, who has joined forces with Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman, Rabbi Dr. Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi and scholars from the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, NASC aims to route new ideas from the academy into the community, and to bring critical communal questions into the work of the academy.

Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer says: “NASC conforms with the methodology of the Hartman Institute: to identify the core challenges facing the Jewish people, to marshal the intellectual resources, in the form of great minds and classic texts, that can speak to these challenges, to engage in deep research on how we translate the best in classical and contemporary Jewish thinking to the present situation, and to then channel this new thinking into programs and curricula that we teach to change-agents in the community. We believe that the significant challenges in Jewish life require a process of deep thinking and learning. This methodology enables us to develop and then propagate profound ideas, rooted in Jewish values, which can be translated much more richly into a diverse array of initiatives and programs.”

 

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October fourth marked the beginning of orientation for the members of the sixth cohort of the Shalom Hartman Institute Melamdim program–designed to develop a new generation of outstanding North American Jewish studies high school teachers. Ten exceptional graduate students were chosen from a highly selective pool of applicants, to undergo intensive training in the philosophical foundations of Judaism and the pedagogical skills required to turn Jewish high school education into a transformative experience.

Attracting participants of diverse backgrounds and from all streams of Judaism, the rigorous two-year Melamdim program exposes these future teachers of all denominations to the highest levels of SHI learning, while simultaneously providing them with the opportunity to earn a Master’s degree in Judaic studies at the Tel Aviv University.

Orientation week kicked off with an introduction by Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman on the vision of the Hartman Institute and the Melamdim School of Teacher Education. This was followed with an introduction by Rabbi Phil Field, Melamdim program director, on the unique educational philosophy of the Hartman Institute.

A large part of the Melamdim curriculum consists of familiarizing participants with the richness and complexity of Israel’s cultural and political life. After having their first in-depth look at the Tel Aviv University, the cohort went on to explore the city of Tel Aviv, and to consider its role as a diverse microcosm of Israeli society. This theme was viewed through the lens of such significant issues as the development and history of Zionism and the current refugee crisis in south Tel Aviv.

A full day tour exploring a variety of educational models for different populations in Israel began with Yemin Orde, a residential village of 500 economically deprived new immigrants from countries throughout the world, and on to Michve Alon, an educational army base dedicated to training and improving the citizen skills of a broad array of new immigrants as an entry gate to Israeli society.

The tour concluded with an examination of high school education in the Arab Muslim community of Abu Gosh, presenting an opportunity to learn about alternative models of education within Israeli society. 

The full educational program of Melamdim is scheduled to begin on Sunday, October 17, in conjunction with Tel Aviv University.

 

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אמוץ עשהאל, מנהל ההוצאה לאור של מכון הרטמן

“ראשית” הוא כתב-עת מדעי היוצא לאור על-ידי המרכז ללימודים מתקדמים של מכון שלום הרטמן בירושלים, ומוקדש לעיונים בתרבות היהודית על כל מופעיה וצורותיה, מן המקרא ועד ליהדות ולישראליות העכשוויות.

“ראשית” מבקש לחולל שינוי במגמה המחקרית במדעי היהדות ע”י התמקדות בשאלות בעלות אופי מושגי, רעיוני, או פנומנולוגי, יותר מאשר בפירוש יחידות טקסט, או בשאלות היסטוריות, כשלעצמן.

“ראשית” פונה לקוראים ולקוראות המשכילים, המתעניינים בתשתית העיונית של השאלות שעומדות על סדר היום היהודי בזמננו, ומחפשים משאב מדעי לשיח יהודי עכשווי. “ראשית” מעודד את הציבור להתדיין – במדור “דיון” שבראש כל מאמר – על תוכני המאמרים המתפרסמים בו מתוך עניין בקידומו של שיח אקדמי ותרבותי פתוח ומפרה.

“ראשית” מופיע פעם בשנה, והוא פתוח למחברים המבקשים לפרסם את פרי מחקרם בשפה העברית. המאמרים עוברים שיפוט כמקובל בכתבי עת מדעיים.

עורכים: יאיר לורברבוים, עדיאל שרמר, דרור ינון

רכז המערכת: אבינעם נאה

עורכת לשון: דנה רייך

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Donniel Hartman speaks to teachers from the Be’eri program of Judaic enrichment for secular Israeli high schools at an open house at Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem, Israel, 2 July 2009

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יום פתוח לתכנית מלמדים

תכנית מ.א. להשכרת מורים למדעי היהדות

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יום א’ 15-03-2009 18:00

מכון שלום הרטמן ר”ח גדליהו אלון 11, ירושלים

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