The Shalom Hartman Institute and the American Jewish Committee have welcomed a new cohort of the acclaimed Christian Leadership Initiative to the Institute’s Jerusalem campus for a 10-day visit from July 20-29, 2010.
The two-year program is a joint initiative of the Institute and the AJC. In an opening statement, the Institute and the AJC said:
[The program is] another step in the direction of helping us sustain and create religion that will repair and strengthen us. The idea is simple. Come and learn with us. Spend time with some of the best teachers in the Jewish world. Look at how we wrestle with God, with our problems, with ourselves. See if this might help you as you struggle with your theology, with your students, with yourselves. Perhaps the old-new lens of the Jewish experiment can help as you do the work of polishing your own lenses. For us the reward is immediate and priceless—new friends, new understanding and deeper appreciation of the sacred work we are called to perform.
The Summer 2010 program is focusing on Jewish faith and how Jews serve God through prayer, mitzvah, “Talmud Torah,” and other ways. Special evening presentations featuring Israeli and Palestinian commentators will show how people in Israel wrestle with the Israeli-Palestinian issue.
A field trip will focus on the immigration and absorption of immigrants from throughout the world. In addition, the group has time reserved for reflection, discussion, and sharing, providing opportunities to digest and translate the learning and the experiences of the day.
Hartman scholars making presentations to the group include Donniel Hartman, Moshe Halbertal, Menachem Fisch and others.
The program continues through the year via distance learning technologies, during which the group will study Jewish ethics. Next summer, group members will study Jewish people, community, and politics.
The Christian Leadership Initiative is co-sponsored by the American Jewish Committee. Founded in 1906, the American Jewish Committee (AJC) is a global Jewish advocacy organization that has been a leader in Jewish Christian relations since its inception. The mission of the American Jewish Committee – advancing democracy, pluralism and mutual understanding – drives the organization’s inter-religious work. Through its 60 offices and affiliates around the world, AJC advances Jewish-Christian relations locally, nationally and internationally.
The Institute and the AJC would like to thank the Richard Berkman, Allen H. and Selma W. Berkman Charitable Trusts & the Berkman Institute for Interreligious Education at American Jewish Committee for their generous support and partnership in launching the Christian Leadership Initiative.