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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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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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From On a Rainy Night, a New Zionism | David Suissa | Jewish Journal:

If I ever decide to make aliyah and move to Israel, I can blame it on Micah Goodman. On a chilly and wet Sunday night last week at The Mark — a reception hall on Pico Boulevard that used to house Mamash restaurant — Goodman spoke on “The Crash of Old Paradigms: Why the Left and the Right No Longer Exist in Israel.” Professor Goodman, who was hosted by the Israeli Consulate as part of their new speaker series for young professionals, is part of a new generation of young and bright Israelis who are seeking nothing less than a renewal of the Zionist idea.

Goodman, who’s only 33, studied in a variety of yeshivas over the years and got a doctorate of philosophy from Hebrew University. He teaches, among other places, at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, has his own weekly television show and runs a “leadership academy” called Ein Prat, which he founded. On the invitation for his Sunday night talk, Ein Prat was described as follows: “Seeking to lead a sea change in behavior and culture, we hope to awaken Israeli society from its slumber.”

I can tell you that he woke about a hundred young professionals in Los Angeles from their slumber, yours truly included.”

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Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman, Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem, Israel, says that Israel at 61 is not looking for messianic redemption or major developments. Israel and Jews should be content if the Jewish State takes small steps of continuous progress toward safety, security, social welfare, democracy, pluralism, and peace.
Special kudos to the person who can tell us who is singing “Hatikvah” in the opening credits.

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Shalom Hartman Institute has been in the news lately. Here are a few links of interest:

Gil Troy, a member of the Canadian Friends of Shalom Hartman Institute and a noted historian and author, uses Lev Aharon, the Army officers’ Judaic studies training program, and other Institute programs as an example of ways modern Israel is encountering Judaism. The reference came in his analysis of the divide between Israeli and North American Jews he felt at the recent General Assembly:

It is time to move beyond these tiresome clichés of the boorish rich American Jew and the boorish “goyish” Israeli.

By the way, Gil’s comments echo an ongoing theme in the work of Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman. See Donniel’s essay on the subject here and download a full-length version here.

Institute scholar Dr. Micah Goodman is quoted at length in this article, an analysis in the Jerusalem Post of the impact of religious political parties in the wake of the recent upheavals and the election of a secular mayor in Jerusalem after five years of haredi (ultra-Orthodox) rule.

Goodman is upbeat on the possibility that Jerusalem can show the way for the rest of Israel as a model of Jewish integration and tolerance, quite the twist on the usual cant of Jerusalem naysayers:

We are facing good news now in Jerusalem. After we witnessed a movement of getting back to Jewish sources in various ways, including a return to religion, now we can see a process of Israelis becoming more Jewish. And Jerusalem is the perfect place for this process and this message for all Israelis: Here, the secular and the religious are not the same as the secular and the religious everywhere else in the country….

We have no ghettos, and the segregation between religious and secular Zionists is the lowest in the country. I firmly believe that we can develop a very particular and successful model here – and education is, of course, the most important way.

More of Micah’s comments here.

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