Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer is president of the Shalom Hartman Institute. Yehuda is a leading thinker and author on the meaning of Israel to American Jews, on Jewish history and Jewish memory, and on questions of leadership and change in American Jewish life. Yehuda led the creation of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America in 2010 as a pioneering research and educational center for the leadership of the North American Jewish community, and teaches in
After decades of fearing that we would forget the horrors of our recent past, is it possible that the opposite is true? That we Jews remember our history all too well but feel powerless to act on its lessons? The Russian invasion of Ukraine invites analogies to our traumatic past. History begs us to learn from what came before. What happens when we shift from a fear of forgetting to the fear that comes with remembering, and not knowing how to act?
This program took place on Thursday, April 28, 2022 and was part of Jewish Memory and this Moral Moment, a conference and commemoration on Yom HaShoah 5782.