Hartman Resources for this Moment

The Shalom Hartman Institute remains committed to bringing ideas and insights to the Jewish community, despite the current challenging situation.

In a simple, concise way, this page will update you about our exciting new virtual offerings and changes to any upcoming programs.


April 3, 2020 — A double helping for Shabbat Gadol

Today:  Read about possibilities of campus pluralism as Gabriel Klapholz, a student at Yale University, writes in the New York Jewish Week about Hartman’s iEngage Student Seminar in Jerusalem.

Featured: Listen to a fresh episode of Identity/Crisis, our weekly podcast that goes to the substance of the news.

Our country has chosen a system where many of us live one paycheck to the next and entwined in a system of deep inequity. From the midst of a crisis that will cost us all many paychecks host Yehuda Kurtzer discusses empathy, understanding and obligation to the needy with David Rosenn of the Hebrew Free Loan Society and Joanna Samuels of the Manny Cantor Center.

Identity/Crisis is available on SpotifyiTunes and wherever podcasts are distributed.

Featured: Add the Coronavirus Seder Planner to your seder preparations. Prepared and provided by Hartman senior research fellow Noam Zion, the planner links to, among other things, his beloved A Different Night haggadah (co-written with David Dishon) and the Coronavirus Supplement (co-written with Mishael Zion).

Upcoming: Browse our Hartman@Home online offerings. Some are already available, others will appear throughout the spring.

Topics of the lessons, lectures and discussions, include insights and discussions about Pesach, freedom, democracy and Jewish engagement in America. See below for information.

Programs & Events:  The Israeli Rabbanut Program of the Shalom Hartman Institute is running a virtual Beit Midrash (in Hebrew). You can find details here.

Programs & Events:  See below for information about summer programs, Community Leadership Program (CLP), Rabbinic Leadership Initiative (RLI) and Rabbinic Torah Study Seminar (RTS).


April 2, 2020

Today: Join our director of faculty Elana Stein Hain as launches Talmud from the Balcony, a mini-series starting with the rabbinic ideas behind Pesach. Thursday, April 2 at at 8:00 pm EDT Zoom webinar, register here.  Sources here.

Featured: Visit The Nation to read the new poem, Lyric, by Hartman faculty member Zohar Atkins.

Featured: Add the Coronavirus Seder Planner to your seder preparations. Prepared and provided by Hartman senior research fellow Noam Zion, the planner links to, among other things, his beloved A Different Night haggadah (co-written with David Dishon) and the Coronavirus Supplement (co-written with Mishael Zion).

Featured: Browse our Hartman@Home online offerings. Some are already available, others will appear throughout the spring.

Topics of the lessons, lectures and discussions, include insights and discussions about Pesach, freedom, democracy and Jewish engagement in America. See below for information.

Upcoming: Watch Yehuda Kurtzer and the Identity/Crisis podcast recording live on JewishLIVE Friday April 3, at 11am EDT.

Programs & Events:  The Israeli Rabbanut Program of the Shalom Hartman Institute is running a virtual Beit Midrash (in Hebrew). You can find details here.

Programs & Events:  See below for information about summer programs, Community Leadership Program (CLP), Rabbinic Leadership Initiative (RLI) and Rabbinic Torah Study Seminar (RTS).


April 1, 2020 — It’s No Joke!

Today: Watch Yehuda Kurtzer discuss the current emergency with Eliyahu Freedman of the Jewish Response Against COVID-19.

Today: Read in the LA Times, the particularly heart-wrenching story of the cantor Evan Kent and his husband Rabbi Don Goor from RLI who are stuck in Jerusalem, separated from their congregation in Italy during the magefa, plague.

Today: Join in one of our three exciting virtual programs:

Lunch ‘n’ Learn with Hartman Bay Area Scholar in Residence Tomer Persico. Join Hartman and the Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies at Wayne State University, for a session entitled, The Time of Our Freedom: The Struggle Against Slavery and The Change in  Our Conception of What it Means to be Free from 12:00-1:30 pm EDT. To join this session, please use this link. Find the sources for this program here.

Rivka Press Schwartz and Shani Bechhofer discuss how Orthodox communities approach American politics, civic engagement, and COVID-19. Wednesday, April 1 at 8:00 pm EDT  Zoom webinar, join here.

Limmud Michigan was postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, but they are bringing you a taste of their amazing conference! Hartman Fellow in Residence David Zvi Kalman, will be offering a live Zoom webinar entitled, What is Shabbat in the 21st Century? at 8:15 pm EDT. To join this session, please use this link.

Featured: Peruse all our Hartman@Home online offerings. Some are already available, others will appear throughout the spring.

Topics of the lessons, lectures and discussions, include insights and discussions about Pesach, freedom, democracy and Jewish engagement in America. See below for information.

Upcoming: Join our director of faculty Elana Stein Hain as launches Talmud from the Balcony, a mini-series starting with the rabbinic ideas behind Pesach. Thursday, April 2 at at 8:00 pm EDT Zoom webinar, register here.  Sources here.

Programs & Events:  The Israeli Rabbanut Program of the Shalom Hartman Institute is running a virtual Beit Midrash (in Hebrew). You can find details here.

Programs & Events:  See below for information about summer programs, Community Leadership Program (CLP), Rabbinic Leadership Initiative (RLI) and Rabbinic Torah Study Seminar (RTS).


March 31, 2020

Today: Watch Michael Walzer discuss with Yehuda Kurtzer the ways in which Jewish values relate to American democracy.

 

Today: Talking to JCPA’s David Bernstein, Hartman’s Yossi Klein Halevi discusses “Coronavirus and Israeli Democracy:Crisis and Opportunity.”

Today: In the Times of Israel, Shraga Bar-On, the director of the institute’s, David Hartman Center for Intellectual Excellence writes, “‘An Angel Full of Eyes’: Fearing Death and the Sanctifying Life during COVID-19” about how our treatment of health is of deep moral significance.

Upcoming: Join in one of our three exciting virtual programs happening tomorrow, Wednesday, April 1.

Rivka Press Schwartz and Shani Bechhofer discuss how Orthodox communities approach American politics, civic engagement, and COVID-19. Wednesday, April 1 at 8:00 pm EDT  Zoom webinar, register here.

In partnership with the Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies at Wayne State University, Hartman Bay Area Scholar in Residence Tomer Persico will be offering a lunch and learn session entitled, The Time of Our Freedom: The Struggle Against Slavery and The Change in  Our Conception of What it Means to be Free from 12:00-1:30 pm EDT. To join this session, please use this link. Find the sources for this program here.

Limmud Michigan was postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, but they are bringing you a taste of their amazing conference! Hartman Fellow in Residence David Zvi Kalman, will be offering a live Zoom webinar entitled, What is Shabbat in the 21st Century? at 8:15 pm EDT. To join this session, please use this link.

Featured: Peruse all our Hartman@Home online offerings. Some are already available, others will appear throughout the spring.

Topics of the lessons, lectures and discussions, include insights and discussions about Pesach, freedom, democracy and Jewish engagement in America. See below for information.

Programs & Events:  The Israeli Rabbanut Program of the Shalom Hartman Institute is running a virtual Beit Midrash (in Hebrew). You can find details here.

Programs & Events:  See below for information about summer programs, Community Leadership Program (CLP), Rabbinic Leadership Initiative (RLI) and Rabbinic Torah Study Seminar (RTS).


March 30, 2020

Today: Read two different experiences of Hartman Senior Rabbinic Fellows a the blogs of the Times of Israel. Vernon Kurtz writes from Jerusalem about the lessons he’s learned from the pandemic and Lisa Grushcow writes from the temple of Zoom!

Upcoming: Join the Zoom, or watch the Jewish Covid 19 Facebook page at 9am tomorrow (Tuesday March, 31), as Eliyahu Freedman interviews Yehuda Kurtzer on his urgent article about how we face the pandemic and about other aspects of Jewish response to the outbreak.

Upcoming: In conversation, Yehuda Kurtzer and Michael Walzer discuss Jewish Values and American Democracy.

Featured: We launched our Hartman@Home online offerings on Friday. Some are already available, others will appear throughout the spring.

Topics of the lessons, lectures and discussions, include insights and discussions about Pesach, freedom, democracy and Jewish engagement in America. See below for information.

Programs & Events:  The Israeli Rabbanut Program of the Shalom Hartman Institute is running a virtual Beit Midrash (in Hebrew). You can find details here.

Programs & Events:  See below for information about summer programs, Community Leadership Program (CLP), Rabbinic Leadership Initiative (RLI) and Rabbinic Torah Study Seminar (RTS).


March 27, 2020 — A Double Helping of Manna for Shabbat

Today: Listen to the new episode of Identity/Crisis, our exciting weekly podcast that launched in February.

In this episode, host Yehuda Kurtzer discusses the sudden funding crisis with guests Andres Spokoiny of the Jewish Funders Network, Hindy Poupko of UJA-Federation of New York and Shira Hanau of The Jewish Week. Michael Helfand of Pepperdine Caruso School of Law joins to discuss the idea of Jewish sacrifice for America.

Identity/Crisis is available on SpotifyiTunes and wherever podcasts are distributed.

Weekend Listening: For the Tikvah Fund podcast Yossi Klein Halevi discusses the history of Israeli music and how it has mirrored the transformation of Israeli society. From songs that emerged out of the Ashkenazi, socialist, kibbutz ethos of the Labor Zionist governing elite, Israeli music came to draw on its diasporic history, especially that of the Jews of North Africa and the Middle East.

Weekend Watching: Watch Yehuda Kurtzer discussing “Coronavirus and American Jewish Life” with Shmuly Yanklowitz from Valley Beit Midrash in Phoenix, Arizona.

Featured: We have launched our Hartman@Home online offerings. Some are already available, others will appear throughout the spring.

Topics of the lessons, lectures and discussions, include insights and discussions about Pesach, freedom, democracy and Jewish engagement in America. See below for information.

Sunday:  Sarah Mulhern, Manager of Hartman’s Created Equal Project, along with faculty members Rachel Rosenthal and Zohar Atkins will be leading sessions at the Limmud eFestival on Sunday, March 29.

Also Sunday: Watch Hartman Senior Kogod Research Fellow Shaul Magid in conversation with Dan Cedarbaum, to consider, “The Future of the American Jew: Mordecai Kaplan’s Vision Reappraised,” on Sunday, March 29, at 4pm EDT.

Programs & Events:  The Israeli Rabbanut Program of the Shalom Hartman Institute is running a virtual Beit Midrash (in Hebrew). You can find details here.

Programs & Events:  See below for information about summer programs, Community Leadership Program (CLP), Rabbinic Leadership Initiative (RLI) and Rabbinic Torah Study Seminar (RTS).


March 26, 2020

Today:  Watch Channa Pinchasi give a new rabbinic webinar about the concept of freedom and Passover in the Time of the Coronavirus. Click here for Channa’s sources for this webinar.

 

Also Today: Hartman faculty member Zohar Atkins, author of the acclaimed poetry volume, “Nineveh,” will be on Zoom reading his new poem “Going Viral” and discussing it with Yehuda Fogel from The Lehrhaus, 12pm EDT.

Featured: Read Yehuda Kurtzer’s urgent article at eJewish Philanthropy about the stark challenges facing the Jewish community during and after the coronavirus pandemic.

Also Featured: Watch Senior Fellow, Co-Director of the Muslim Leadership Initiative Abdullah Antepli and Rabbinic Leadership Initiative graduate Denise Eger offer thoughts and prayers for the Human Rights Campaign’s interfaith service on perseverance among the LGBTQ community during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Upcoming: Watch Hartman Senior Kogod Research Fellow Shaul Magid in conversation with Dan Cedarbaum, to consider, “The Future of the American Jew: Mordecai Kaplan’s Vision Reappraised,” on Sunday, March 29, at 4pm EDT.

Programs & Events:  See below for information about summer programs, Community Leadership Program (CLP), Rabbinic Leadership Initiative (RLI) and Rabbinic Torah Study Seminar (RTS).

Programs & Events:  The Israeli Rabbanut Program of the Shalom Hartman Institute is running a virtual Beit Midrash (in Hebrew). You can find details here.


March 25, 2020

Today: Read in the Jerusalem Post, Maya Resnick’s moving account of life during quarantine as an 11th grader at the Shalom Hartman Midrashiya High School for Girls in Jerusalem.

Featured: Read Yehuda Kurtzer’s urgent article at eJewish Philanthropy about the stark challenges facing the Jewish community during and after the coronavirus pandemic.

Upcoming: Tomorrow evening, listen to the brand new episode of Identity/Crisis, our exciting weekly podcast that launched in February. Subscribe now on Spotify or iTunes  so you’ll be immediately notified.

Programs & Events:  See below for information about summer programs, Community Leadership Program (CLP), Rabbinic Leadership Initiative (RLI) and Rabbinic Torah Study Seminar (RTS).


March 24, 2020

Today: Read Yehuda Kurtzer’s urgent new article at eJewish Philanthropy.

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The challenge of the coronavirus has brought into focus a stark need for the Jewish community to adopt a new collective responsibility. It needs to do it for whose who face threats to their health, their livelihood and their long-term well-being.

This means the leaders, workers and all the members of the disparate and gloriously pluralistic American Jewish community working together.

Featured: Read Hartman Rabbinic Leadership Initiative Fellow and Rachel Timoner‘s explanation of the Jewish imperative to engage in building the American civic space.

Hers is the last of a series of pieces to come out of the Judaism and American Democracy Convening (hosted by Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah and Shalom Hartman Institute of North America).

Also Featured: Yossi Klein Halevi remembers with love and deep sadness the remarkable David Ehrlich who made possible Tmol Shilshom, a remarkable coffee and bookstore in Jerusalem.

Upcoming:  Zohar Atkins — author of the acclaimed poetry volume, “Nineveh,” and a Hartman faculty member — will be on Zoom reading his new poem “Going Viral” and discussing it with Yehuda Fogel from The Lehrhaus on Thursday March 26, 12pm EST.

Programs & Events:  See below for information about summer programs, Community Leadership Program (CLP), Rabbinic Leadership Initiative (RLI) and Rabbinic Torah Study Seminar (RTS).


March 23, 2020

Today: Read Yehuda Kurtzer’s urgent new article at eJewish Philanthropy.

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The challenge of the coronavirus means the Jewish community needs to adopt a new collective responsibility: for the people under its umbrella who are facing threats to their health, livelihood and long-term wellbeing. For its leaders, its workers and its members.

 

Featured: Listen to the new episode of Identity/Crisis, our exciting weekly podcast that launched in February.

In the most recent episode, host Yehuda Kurtzer, with guests Donniel Hartman and Rivka Press Schwartz, discuss different models of leadership. They trace the principles of how we respond to the coronavirus from 14th century Spain to contemporary America, and from the policies of the Riverdale school where some of the first infected Americans were found to the stringent actions of the Israeli national government.

Identity/Crisis is available on SpotifyiTunes and wherever podcasts are distributed.

Upcoming:  Sarah Mulhern, Manager of Hartman’s Created Equal Project, along with faculty members Rachel Rosenthal and Zohar Atkins will be leading sessions at the Limmud eFestival on Sunday, March 29.

Programs & Events:  See below for information about summer programs, Community Leadership Program (CLP), Rabbinic Leadership Initiative (RLI) and Rabbinic Torah Study Seminar (RTS).

Programs & Events:  See below for information about Hartman @Home our online offerings including insights and discussions about Pesach, freedom, democracy and Jewish engagement in America.


March 20, 2020 – First day of Spring!

Today: Listen to the new episode of Identity/Crisis, our exciting weekly podcast that launched in February.

In the most recent episode, host Yehuda Kurtzer, with guests Donniel Hartman and Rivka Press Schwartz, discuss different models of leadership. They trace the principles of how we respond to the coronavirus from 14th century Spain to contemporary America, and from the policies of the Riverdale school where some of the first infected Americans were found to the stringent actions of the Israeli national government.

Identity/Crisis is available on SpotifyiTunes and wherever podcasts are distributed.

Reading For Shabbat: In Times of Israel, Yossi Klein Halevi writes about the outbreak. Corona in Jerusalem: What Story Will We Tell? asks whether Israelis will awake even more divided or remember they were all in it together on the morning after Israel’s first non-military emergency.

Featured:  Learn, or teach, from our new online iEngage Video Series Together and Apart: The Future of Jewish Peoplehood. The pressing issue of Peoplehood is the central topic of our fifth iEngage video course dealing with contemporary challenges to Jewish unity.

Upcoming:  Sarah Mulhern, Manager of Hartman’s Created Equal Project, along with faculty members Rachel Rosenthal and Zohar Atkins will be leading sessions at the Limmud eFestival on Sunday, March 29.

Programs & Events:  See below for information about summer programs, Community Leadership Program (CLP), Rabbinic Leadership Initiative (RLI) and Rabbinic Torah Study Seminar (RTS).


March 19, 2020

Today:  Watch Yossi Klein Halevi virtually discuss his New York Times bestselling book, “Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor” with a community-wide book group in Detroit.

Featured:  Learn, or teach, from our new online iEngage Video Series Together and Apart: The Future of Jewish Peoplehood.The pressing issue of Peoplehood is the central topic of our fifth iEngage video course dealing with contemporary challenges to Jewish unity.

Upcoming:  Sarah Mulhern, Manager of Hartman’s Created Equal Project, along with faculty members Rachel Rosenthal and Zohar Atkins will be leading sessions at the Limmud eFestival on Sunday March 29.

Programs & Events:   See below for information about summer programs, Community Leadership Program (CLP), Rabbinic Leadership Initiative (RLI) and Rabbinic Torah Study Seminar (RTS).


March 18, 2020

Today: Read Elana Stein Hain’s beautiful prayer, Soul and Breath,  in Times of Israel.

Featured: Listen to Identity/Crisis, the exciting new podcast we launched in February.

In the most recent episode, host Yehuda Kurtzer, with guests David Zvi Kalman and Mijal Bitton, discuss coronavirus and its impact on the Jewish community: how it affects synagogue and family life, and how it might change our relationship to virtual spaces.

Identity/Crisis is available on SpotifyiTunes and wherever podcasts are distributed.

Featured: Watch Yossi Klein Halevi delivering the 78th Annual Glazer Institute virtual lecture, Entering Each Other’s Faith Narratives: A Religious Jew’s Journey into Islam and Christianity.

Featured:  Learn, or teach, from our new online iEngage Video Series Together and Apart: The Future of Jewish Peoplehood. The pressing issue of Peoplehood is the central topic of our fifth iEngage video course dealing with contemporary challenges to Jewish unity.

Upcoming: Elana Stein Hain will be delivering a virtual Talmud from the Balcony next week. Watch this space for details.

Programs & Events: See below for information about Summer Programs, Community Leadership Program (CLP), Rabbinic Leadership Initiative (RLI) and Rabbinic Torah Study Seminar (RTS).


March 17, 2020

Today: Yossi Klein Halevi will lead the Detroit Community Book Club in a discussion of his book, “Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor” at 12:00 noon. Click here to join.

Featured: Listen to Identity/Crisis, the exciting new podcast we launched in February.

In the most recent episode, host Yehuda Kurtzer, with guests David Zvi Kalman and Mijal Bitton, discuss coronavirus and its impact on the Jewish community: how it affects synagogue and family life, and how it might change our relationship to virtual spaces.

Identity/Crisis is available on SpotifyiTunes and wherever podcasts are distributed.

Featured:  Learn, or teach, from our new online iEngage Video Series Together and Apart: The Future of Jewish Peoplehood. The pressing issue of Peoplehood is the central topic of our fifth iEngage video course dealing with contemporary challenges to Jewish unity.

Upcoming: Channa Pinchasi will be talking about “Passover in the Time of Corona” for a rabbinic holiday webinar.

Programs & Events: See below for information about summer programs, Community Leadership Program (CLP), Rabbinic Leadership Initiative (RLI) and Rabbinic Torah Study Seminar (RTS).


March 16, 2020

Today: Yossi Klein Halevi will be live from Jerusalem at 7:30 pm EST, delivering the 78th Annual Glazer Institute virtual lecture, Entering Each Other’s Faith Narratives: A Religious Jew’s Journey into Islam and Christianity.

Featured: Read Rabbi Joshua Ladon in J. The Jewish News of Northern California, writing about the challenges of social distancing.

Also Featured: Read David Zvi Kalman in Tablet Magazine, reflecting on what it means to come together physically, as faith gatherings move virtual.

Upcoming: Channa Pinchasi will be talking about “Passover in the Time of Corona” for our rabbinic holiday webinar.

Programs & Events: See below for information about summer programs, Community Leadership Program (CLP), Rabbinic Leadership Initiative (RLI) and Rabbinic Torah Study Seminar (RTS).


March 12, 2020

A Letter About Coronavirus and Hartman Summer Planning:
Dear Friends,

Together with you, we are watching with increased concern the coronavirus health crisis that is affecting our world. What we know is that no one knows when it will end and how it will impact our daily lives both in the short and longer terms. Every day brings new regulations as nationally – both in Israel, and across North America – and individually, we search for responsible ways to respond and ensure the health and safety of ourselves and others.

As an Institute we have responded proactively and cancelled all staff travel and large gatherings. We will continue to monitor the situation and respond accordingly. As is required by our tradition, the safety and concern for human life must always come first. We are also working to create online and other resources for our program participants across North America, not only to replace the programs that we have cancelled but also to strengthen the bonds of community and the opportunities for engagement and learning that many people are seeking in these complicated and often isolated times.

As you know, we are in the midst of extensive preparations for our summer programming – which, to date, promised to be the most well-attended in our history. We are continuing these preparations with the intention of running our programs, but are doing so with the knowledge that we can only make provisional decisions based on what we know now, and that events beyond our control will determine whether we will be able to proceed. We are also following protocols and directives as we receive them from local and national government authorities.

As a result, we have decided on the following plan of action for our summer sessions:

Anyone who has registered for our summer programs, or registers in the future, will have registration costs refunded whether they choose to cancel due to the coronovirus, or whether events require us to cancel the programs.

We will continue to monitor the situation and will make a final decision regarding summer programming by the middle of April, in order to facilitate your hotel and airplane reservations and cancellations in a timely manner.

In the event that cancelling our summer programming becomes necessary, we will explore other options for learning together. It is highly possible that we will all have to adjust to a “new normal,” and implement different modalities of communication and convening.

We will continue to be in communication with you if anything becomes clearer in the meantime.
With hopes and prayers for health in these trying times.

Sincerely yours,

Donniel Hartman
President, Shalom Hartman Institute

Yehuda Kurtzer
President, Shalom Hartman Institute of North America


 

 


3/26 VIDEO: Watch Channa Pinchasi’s Pesach webinarPassover in the Time of Coronavirus. Click here for Channa’s sources

3/31 VIDEO: Yehuda Kurtzer interviews Michael Walzer on the themes of the Exodus and American Democracy in this moment.

4/1 WEBINAR: Rivka Press Schwartz and Shani Bechhofer discuss how Orthodox communities approach American politics, civic engagement, and COVID-19.

4/1 WEBINAR: In partnership with the Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies at Wayne State University, Hartman Bay Area Scholar in Residence Tomer Persico gave a lunch and learn session entitled, The Time of Our Freedom: The Struggle Against Slavery and The Change in  Our Conception of What it Means to be Free  Find the sources for this program here.

4/1 WEBINAR:  Limmud Michigan was postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, but they are bringing you a taste of their amazing conference! Hartman Fellow in Residence David Zvi Kalman, offered a live Zoom webinar entitled, What is Shabbat in the 21st Century?

4/2 WEBINAR: Elana Stein Hain launches Talmud from the Balcony, a mini-series starting with the rabbinic ideas behind Pesach. Sources here.

► VIRTUAL BEIT MIDRASH: Learning in Hebrew — Join a virtual beit midrash from the Hartman Institute in Jerusalem led by graduates of the Beit Midrash for Israeli Rabbis, an egalitarian program training pluralistic Israeli spiritual community leaders. (sessions in Hebrew) See sessions, dates and times >

► POST-PESACH LEARNING: Learn iEngage with Lauren Berkun, starting with this year’s new course, Together and Apart: the Future of Jewish Peoplehood. Register for this free Hartman iEngage online course, Tuesdays beginning April 21 at 12:00 noon EDT (10 sessions). Learn more about online course >