Community Leadership Program
Summer Retreat in Israel
June 25-July 2, 2014
“A Time for War, A Time for Peace”
In Summer 2014, the faculty of the Shalom Hartman Institute will explore and teach Jewish ideas relating to the pressing contemporary issues of war and peace.
In today’s world, "war" and "peace" are real categories and sources of anxiety. The State of Israel exists at the threshold of a readiness for war even as it pursues the agenda of peacemaking. Diaspora Jews are implicated in these conversations by their governments’ political agendas, and by a constant and changing array of geopolitical threats.
War and peace are also each independently sites of an array of major Jewish ethical questions:
How do we balance the relative values of peace and security? What is the relationship between violence and peacemaking?
How should the Jewish ethics of war evolve in light of the changing nature of war?
How should Jewish values inform negotiations at the peace table, and decisions to use military force?
What ideas and images about peace – in liturgy, ethics, and text – inform how we think about peace as a contemporary concern?
What is gained and what is lost when “war” and “peace” go from being metaphors that animate Jewish sensibilities and become actual concerns?
How has the experience of constant war informed the consciousness of Israeli and global Jewry?
Early Bird Registration is Now Open
Click here to read an article by Linna Ettinger reflecting on her experience at CLP 2013.
The Shalom Hartman Institute Community Leadership Summer Retreat in Jerusalem is an annual weeklong seminar dealing with major questions facing Judaism in the modern age. The program, in operation for more than 20 years, takes place at the Institute's beautiful campus in the heart of Jerusalem and draws scores of North American lay leaders from across the continent and denominational spectrum.
The program is open to individuals of all denominations from across North America and elsewhere who seek to deepen their knowledge of Judaism and its pluralistic voices, and are committed to utilizing their influence and leadership to promote Jewish vitality in their community.
Contact Sharon Laufer by email or at +972-2-567-5418.
2012: Dilemmas of Faith: God and Spirituality in the Modern World
The 2012 Lay Leadership Study Retreat in Jerusalem explored the foundational Jewish issue of faith: its place in the landscape of Jewish values and the challenges of modern life in which faith plays a part. In an age of radical polarization around religion in modern society, with a rise in fundamentalism on one hand, and atheism and secularism on the other, how does the Jewish tradition approach dilemmas of faith? Recent sociological research suggests that a growing number of North American Jews view their Jewishness solely as their religion, rather than as their “Peoplehood.” In such an environment, questions of faith and the nature of Jewish spirituality become pressing concerns for those interested in Jewish continuity and involvement.
2011: Jewish Peoplehood: The Meaning of the Collective in Modern Jewish Life
The SHI 2011 Community Leadership Summer Retreat in Jerusalem was held June 29-July 6, 2011. Click here to read one participant's reflections on the program.