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Shalom Hartman Institute will host an emergency conference on Thursday, January 20, to address the increasing prejudice against Arab citizens of Israel, promoted in the guise of Jewish tradition. This has become one of the most pressing challenges facing Israeli society today.

In his recent article, “What No Rabbi in the World Outside Israel Would Ever Say,” Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman, President of the Shalom Hartman Institute, said, that as distinct from the past, “the vast majority of Israelis from a wide spectrum of religious and political beliefs…have not been silent; a continuous flow of headlines, editorials, and petitions have given expression to the revulsion that most Israelis feel towards these recent outbursts of prejudice.”

Faculty and staff at the Shalom Hartman Institute were pivotal in creating many of these headlines, editorials, and petitions. However, the common sentiment at Hartman was that words were not enough – it was time to move into action.  The goal of this inaugural conference, Planting Tolerance, Uprooting Prejudice in Israel, is to establish Tu B’shvat – the date of the founding of the Israeli Parliament – as Israel’s national day of tolerance.

This inaugural  event, which will be held at the Hartman Institute campus in Jerusalem, will feature lectures and panel discussions by a wide range of politicians, social activists, academics, and representatives of the media, all of whom who have at least one thing in common: the understanding that we cannot remain silent on this issue.

Distinguished speakers will include Knesset members, SHI scholars, rabbis representing a range of denominations, and prominent media figures including:

 Adi Arbel, Adina Bar-Shalom,  Shraga Baron, MK Zeev Bielski, Dr. Meir Buzaglo, Dr. Arik Carmon, Shaul David, Former MK Zehava Galon, Rabbi Yehuda Gilad, Dr. Micah Goodman, Yisrael Harel, Dr. Noah Hayut, Advocate Ali Heidar, Dr. Muhammed Hourani, Dr. Dror Idar, Rabbi Advocate Gilad Kariv, Brigadier General (ret) Ron Kitri, Vadim Klebayev, Prof. Menachem Lorberbaum, Rami Lustig, Prof. Ron Margolin, Rabbi Dr. Ariel Picard, Channa Pinchasi, Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Advocate Oded Ravivi, Sophia Ron-Moriah, MK Nachman Shai, Yair Sheleg, Roni Yavin, Ben-Dror Yemini

See the full conference program (in Hebrew) for details, and register now to participate.  The conference will take place from 3:00 pm-8:30 pm at the Shalom Hartman Institute, 11 Gedalyahu Alon Street, Jerusalem. For further information, call +972-2-567-5322.

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On January 12-13, Hartman Institute executive staff and scholars will participate in the “Israel 2021 Conference ,” an event sponsored by The Marker newspaper and the Reut Institute. The conference will assemble hundreds of participants around 150 round tables moderated by experts in diverse fields to discuss what has been defined as the most pressing socioeconomic issues in Israel today, with an eye to developing solid strategies for the future of Israeli society. Guest speakers at the event will include Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fisher.

Hartman executive staff and scholars will participate in the following round-table discussions:

Education – This discussion will examine methods for enhancing governance in the education system, such as creating and implementing long-term policies, improving infrastructure, and identifying major challenges. Participants from the Hartman Institute will include Executive Director Hana Gilat, Shraga Bar-On, Be’eri program director Dani Elazar, and director of the Be’eri School for Teacher Education Rani Jaeger.

Arab society and economic growth – 56% of Israel’s Arab citizens are economically disadvantaged, not having benefited from the opportunities of Israel’s economic growth. How can the government rectify the situation? Weighing in from the Hartman Institute are Rabbi Dr. Ariel Picard, Dror Yinon, and Rabbi Dr. Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi.

Integrating the ultra-Orthodox sector into the Israeli economy and labor force – How can members of the ultra-Orthodox sector most effectively become integrated into Israel’s labor market? Participating in the discussion from the Institute are Channa Pinchasi, Shraga Bar-On, and Rabbi Dr. Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi.

Israel quantum leap:  economy and society  –  How can Israel generate a quantum leap in its society and economy for the benefit of generations to come? Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman, president of the Institute, and Channa Pinchasi will participate in the discussion.

Get more information about “Israel 2021 Conference,” or register now.

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On Tuesday night, November 23, 2010, the Hartman Institute Beit Midrash was packed from wall to wall with an eager audience of listeners tuned in to a topic no less vital than that of Creation itself. The speaker was Professor Arthur Green, Rector of the Hebrew College Rabbinical School in Newton, Massachusetts, on the theme of his new book, “Radical Judaism: Re-Thinking Basics for the 21st Century.”

By “basics” Professor Green means the foundations of religion and all existence—Creation, evolution and their ultimate purpose in the world. His talk touched upon matters as diverse as Hasidism, environmentalism, science and philosophy.

As he wrote in Tikkun earlier this year:

“As a religious person I believe that the evolution of species is the greatest sacred drama of all time. It dwarfs all the other narratives, memories, and images that so preoccupy the mind of religious traditions, including our own. We Jews, Christians, and Muslims are all over-involved with proclaiming — or questioning — the truth of our own particular stories. Did Moses really receive the Torah from God at Mount Sinai? Did Jesus truly rise from the tomb? Was Muhammad indeed God’s chosen messenger? We refine our debates about these forever, each group certain as to its own narrative’s place as the center of universal history. In the modern world, where all these tales are challenged, we work out sophisticated and non-literalist ways of proclaiming our faith in them. But there is a bigger story, infinitely bigger, and one that we all share. How did we get here, we humans, and where are we going? For more than a century and a half, educated Westerners have understood that this is the tale of evolution. But we religious folk, the great tale-tellers of our respective traditions, have been guarded and cool toward this story and have hesitated to make it our own. The time has come to embrace it and to uncover its sacred dimensions.”

In the course of his lecture, Professor Green would occasionally recognize Hartman scholars in the audience and call out a greeting.  The stately Beit Midrash became an intimate setting wherein Professor Green recounted his own spiritual transformation through the years—experiences which helped form the basis for the ideas which are put forth in “Radical Judaism.”

Among his many previous writings, Professor Green is author of the definitive biography of Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav.

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 First session in a series on the ‘The “Jewishness” of Israel’

On Thursday, October 28, the Shalom Hartman Institute (SHI), in partnership with the Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF) “Harel” brigade  and the Givat Hatachmoshet organization (Ammunition Hill Museum) will hold a special event  in honor of author Dr. Nachum Baruchi. The event, “Jerusalem–War and Peace,” will feature lectures and discussion by prominent guest speakers. Moshe “Bogie” Ya’alon, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Strategic Affairs will address the subject of the strategic status of Jerusalem. Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman, president of SHI, will speak about the “The Vision of Jerusalem in Judaism,” focusing on the critical issues that make Jerusalem one of the most controversial cities in the world.  

The event will honor the publication of a new book by Six Day War veteran Dr. Baruchi, entitled, “The Harel Division in the Six Day War,” which recounts Dr. Baruchi’s experiences as a commander in the Harel Brigade, and the battles the unit faced on the way to uniting Jerusalem during the 1967 war.

On the site of one of the most crucial battles that ultimately allowed the IDF to gain access to the Old City of Jerusalem in 1967, “Jerusalem: War and Peace” will seek to break through the rhetoric of political slogans and religious divisions that have come to cloud debates about Jerusalem. The goal of the discussion is to explore core ideas and concepts regarding the role of Jerusalem within Judaism, in the hope that such an exploration can lead to new approaches, possibilities, and solutions, and ultimately, to peace.

Facilitating this SHI-sponsored event is Colonel (reserved) Ya’akov Castel, director of the Shalom Hartman Institute Lev Aharon program, which provides  seminars for senior IDF officers. Over 1,000 senior officers a year participate in this unprecedented leadership training experience, exploring intersections of Jewish and Israeli identity, Zionism, religious pluralism, and the complex interplay between Judaism, democracy, and morality in Israeli society. For additional information on the Lev Aharon program see: http://www.hartman.org.il/Center_Edu/Program_View.asp?Program_Id=19

 

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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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On October 6, the Shalom Hartman Institute, in partnership with Keren Karev, will launch the new Be’eri School for Teacher Education. The School will offer a basic and advanced track for teachers, as well as a track customized for school principals.

The basic teachers training track provides junior and high school teachers with the tools required to become instructors in Jewish heritage—Tarbut Yisrael. The advanced track is targeted at accredited teachers in the field of Jewish heritage who wish to broaden their expertise in this field and potentially become Tarbut Yisrael coordinators in their schools.

The principal track will equip participants with advanced Tarbut Yisrael training, enabling participants to play a leading role in strengthening pluralistic Jewish values and identity among their students. In response to requests from graduates of the principal track, a special program, led by a SHI faculty researcher, has been created. Graduates will meet six times a year to enhance their knowledge through a Beit Midrash learning format.

Eighty-five educators have registered for the 2010-11 school year. Be’eri schools proactively encouraged their staff to obtain the School’s enriched education, integral to the program mission. 70% of the participating educators hail from institutions that are part of the Be’eri program. The remaining participants will support the outreach of the Be’eri program to new schools.

“We are very excited to be opening the Be’eri School for Teacher Education, tasked to develop educators with an enhanced knowledge of Tarbut Yisrael disciplines,” says Rani Jaeger, Director of the School and a researcher at the Shalom Hartman Institute. “Principals and teachers are key to introducing young Israelis to pluralistic Israeli-Jewish identity education.  Our school will provide educators with the pedagogical training needed to inspire and lead a new pluralistic Jewish-Israeli discourse in our society.”

So what is so special about Be’eri? Read more about the program and its impact on Israeli schools here.

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The Shalom  Hartman Institute is pleased to congratulate the Institute’s SHI-North America Board Chair Angelica Berrie upon her receipt of the 2010 NADAV Foundation Peoplehood Award for her monumental contributions to Zionism and the Jewish people.

Ms. Berrie is President of the Russell Berrie Foundation, which makes transformational gifts to seed innovative philanthropic ventures that express her entrepreneurial spirit and that of her late husband Russell Berrie.  The Foundation focuses on the areas of: diabetes care and research; Jewish innovation and the strengthening of Israel; inter-religious understanding; professional salesmanship; humanism in medicine; community arts and culture in New Jersey and fighting terrorism.

The prize is being awarded to Ms. Berrie by the NADAV Foundation for promoting new and diverse voices in Jewish tradition and fostering dialogue between Jews of different backgrounds through philanthropic activity. “Angelica’s love and commitment to the Jewish people and Zionism are illustrated in her deep involvement in the Israeli and North American communities, explains Irina Nevzlin Kogan, President of the NADAV Foundation”.

Ms. Berrie will receive the prize at an award ceremony which will take place on September 26, 2010 at the Beit Hatefutsot Diaspora Museum in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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