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Hartman Announces the iEngage Seminar for Jewish Social Justice Leaders

A new opportunity for professionals in the North American Jewish community to engage in a serious, values-driven conversation about Israel

The iEngage Seminar for Jewish Social Justice Leaders
A Program of  The Shalom Hartman Institute of North America
The Shalom Hartman Institute of North America is pleased to announce a new opportunity for professional leaders in the Jewish community to engage in a serious, values-driven conversation about Israel, its role in Jewish life, and the central challenges it faces.
The iEngage Seminar for Jewish Social Justice Leaders will engage a select group of professionals working in the Jewish social justice sector to study Israel as a core element of Jewish identity and as an unprecedented expression of Jewish values and aspirations – connecting participants to a deeper understanding of themselves as Jews and as members of the Jewish people and helping them to cultivate substantive and compelling conversations about Israel in the organizations and communities they serve.
The iEngage Seminar is an initiative of the Hartman Institute’s Engaging Israel Project.  Probing beyond the political controversies of the day, the Engaging Israel Project reframes the relationship between the State of Israel and contemporary Jews worldwide. The Project elevates the North American conversation about Israel by rooting it in Jewish values and ideas rather than in a response to crisis, exploring questions such as: What are the benefits of Jewish statehood? How should a Jewish state exercise military power ethically? How do we create and maintain a Jewish democracy? How should Jews govern a diverse culture with a sizeable minority? What values should a Jewish state embody? Why should Diaspora Jews care about Israel? The Engaging Israel Project thus equips its audiences with a quintessentially Jewish values-based vocabulary to articulate why Israel can and should be fundamental to their Jewish identities and lives.
The Shalom Hartman Institute is a center of transformative thinking and teaching that addresses the major challenges facing the Jewish people and elevates the quality of Jewish life in Israel and around the world. A leader in sophisticated, ideas-based Jewish education for community leaders and change agents, the Hartman Institute is committed to the significance of Jewish ideas, the power of applied scholarship, and the conviction that great teaching contributes to the growth and continual revitalization of the Jewish people. The Shalom Hartman Institute of North America enriches the resources, vision and commitment of leaders and change agents who will shape the future of Jewish life in North America and set the agendas of its educational, religious and community institutions.
Seminars dates: The Seminar will convene in New York City from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on the following five dates in 2013:
  • Monday, February 11 
  • Monday, March 11
  • Monday, April 8 
  • Monday, May 6
  • Monday, June 3 
Requirements: Participants are expected to attend all five sessions in full and to participate actively in the learning process, which will include hevruta study in pairs or small groups. In addition, there will be a moderate amount of background reading (generally 2-4 articles) assigned in advance of each session.
Fees and expenses: Participants are asked to submit a program fee of $150 to help defray costs. Reductions in this fee are available to those for whom cost represents an obstacle to participation. All other direct costs associated with participation in the seminar will be fully subsidized, including a light breakfast and lunch (kosher) on each day of the seminar.  Applicants from outside the New York metropolitan area are most welcome; unfortunately we are unable to reimburse travel costs.
Faculty: A diverse array of Hartman Institute faculty based in Israel and North America will participate in teaching the Seminar, including Dr. Tal Becker, Rabbi Dr. Shai Held, Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer, Rabbi Dr. Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi, Dr. Bernie Steinberg, Rabbi Melissa Weintraub, and Noam Zion.
All those working in positions related to social justice in or by the Jewish community are invited to apply.
  • Applicants may possess any level of background and facility with traditional Jewish texts, from beginner to advanced, but a strong interest in text-based learning is required.
  • Applicants must have a reasonable degree of familiarity with Israel, its history and current realities, and the North American Jewish community’s relationship with Israel.  
Application process:

Applications are due by Friday, January 4, 2013. Please complete the online application below.


Invitations to join the Seminar cohort will be issued in mid-January. Accepted candidates must remit their program fee, indicating their commitment to participate, by Friday, February 1, 2013, in order to hold their spot in the Seminar.

Click here for more information about the Hartman Institute’s Engaging Israel Project . For more information about the iEngage Seminar for Jewish Social Justice Leaders, prospective candidates are invited to contact Suzanne Kling .


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