Over the course of the year, the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America partnered with seven organizations to provide a variety of thought-provoking text-based study sessions for close to 200 Jewish communal leaders across North America. Partnering organizations included The Berrie Fellows Leadership Program in New Jersey, The Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco, Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, The Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey, The Lola Stein Institute in Toronto, The UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, and The UJA Federation of Greater New York.
The programs strengthen and expand the intellectual horizons of community leaders, enabling them to respond more meaningfully to the contemporary issues and challenges facing Jewish life. Under the leadership and guidance of renowned Hartman faculty, participants had the opportunity to explore the following topics: "Engaging Israel: Foundations for a New Relationship," "Insiders & Outsiders," and "Jewish Peoplehood: The Meaning of the Collective in Modern Jewish Life," and “Jewish Values and the Challenges of Modern Life.”
Here is what some Community Leadership Program participants have said about their experience:
“We had the opportunity to listen to high caliber faculty with fantastic abilities to convey their knowledge in an extremely interesting way. The sessions never quite seemed long enough, and always left me hungry for more!” – Susan Sermer, Toronto
“The Jewish Peoplehood curriculum is an excellent foundation for us to celebrate and recognize our differences but even more so to embrace our commonality.”
– Tobi Ash, Miami
“What I found most refreshing is the ability to garner teachings about current issues from text and commentary that is many hundreds of years old. That itself speaks to the continuity of the Jewish people.” – Michael Diamond, Toronto
“My Jewish community involvement continues to evolve and this course allows me to contribute in a richer and deeper fashion to hopefully build a stronger Toronto Jewish community.” –Rammy Rochman, Toronto