In this 9-part video lecture series, senior Hartman Institute faculty members delve into the idea of Jewish Peoplehood - its complex origins, its implications and how it might be sustained. An issue of wide concern in the Jewish community today, the concept of a “Jewish collective” appears at odds with a contemporary ethos of intense individualism.
As the meanings and implications of Jewish Peoplehood have a direct impact on nearly all of the central questions and tensions of Judaism and modern life, anxiety about a dwindling sense of Peoplehood is increasingly defining the agenda for Israeli agencies and Jewish institutions and federations worldwide.
This video lecture series presents a broad and deep analysis of some of the tensions that Peoplehood raises in classical Jewish tradition and contemporary Jewish thought and life including:
- The Meaning and Significance of Peoplehood in Jewish Life: SHI President Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman
- Genesis and Exodus: Two Models of Jewish Peoplehood: SHI President Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman
- The Emergence of Jewish Peoplehood from the Biblical Perspective:Senior SHI Fellow Prof. Israel Knohl
- Prioritizing Peoplehood: A Reading of the Book of Jonah: Senior SHI Fellow Dr. Micah Goodman
- The Individual and the Collective: SHI-North America President Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer
- The Poetics of Peoplehood - Presented by Senior SHI Fellow Dr. Melila Hellner-Eshed
- Peoplehood and the Centrality of Place– Presented by SHI-NA President Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer
- Jewish Peoplehood and the Possibilities of Modernity: Mordechai Kaplan and Martin Buber – Presented by Vice President Shalom Hartman Institute of North America and Director of Rabbinic Leadership Programs Rabbi Dr. Rachel Shabat Beit-Halachmi
- Core Principles of Jewish Peoplehood - Presented by SHI President Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman
The Lecture Series and accompanying curricular study materials are designed to be used by a rabbi or educator with a group of lay leaders in a weekly or monthly study program. The rabbi/educator serves as the lead teacher, utilizing the materials and lectures as best suited for his/her community, preparing the participants for the lecture by studying the texts and reading the supplementary materials in advance, either in a separate session, or in a shorter 45-minute preparatory session.
The Peoplehood Video Lecture Series includes:
- Nine curricular units containing video lectures on DVD and USB
- Source Book: Including all texts referenced in the lectures, plus additional supplementary sources and recommended background readings. The package includes one book for the leader; additional books for participants may be purchased for $20 each including shipping.
- Leader’s Guide: Lecture summaries, suggested questions for guiding hevruta study and group discussion, supplementary source descriptions, and advice on structuring and teaching the course.
Price: $1,200 including shipping. Please fill out the form below to order the series.