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Research Fellow, Director of Tanach Initiative and Co-Director of the Ritual Department

Dr. Rani Jaeger is a Research Fellow of the Kogod Research Center and head of the recently formed Tanakh Initiative at the Shalom Hartman Institute. He was one of the founders of the Institute’s Be’eri Program for Pluralistic Jewish-Israeli Identity Education.

Rani received his doctorate from Bar-Ilan University on Jewish-Israeli culture as perceived by the poet Avraham Shlonsky. He was a participant in the first cohort of the Beit Midrash for Israeli Rabbis and received rabbinical ordination from the Shalom Hartman Institute and HaMidrasha at Oranim in September 2016.

Rani is one of the founders of Beit Tefilah Israeli, a secular synagogue in the heart of Tel Aviv.

He spent a year at Paideia, the European Institute of Jewish Studies in Stockholm, as scholar in residence.

Rani Jaeger


Jun 28, 2023

Apr 20, 2023

Lauren Berkun, Rani Jaeger, Ari Hart, Stephanie Kolin

Can we create rituals to celebrate Yom Ha’atzma’ut that express our relationship with Israel while being authentic to the distance we may feel?

Jul 14, 2021

Explore the history behind the new coalition government and what it could mean for the future of Israeli-Jewish identity.

Apr 7, 2021

Global community gathering including memory, music, and poetry to commemorate Yom HaShoah through a powerful new ritual.

Apr 7, 2021

Virtual community gathering for Holocaust Remembrance Day 2021

Feb 23, 2021

Rani Jaeger discusses what is truly at stake in Israeli politics today.

Dec 16, 2019

Where can we find teachers to present Bible in a new, compelling way?

May 6, 2019

On the eve of Yom HaShoah, members of the community gathered at the Hartman Institute for an experiential and personal memory circle.

May 29, 2018

A family that excels only at diplomatic language and apologetics will not preserve a relationship only growing colder

May 2, 2016

I feel personally indebted to those people who stood there and at great personal risk, saved my mother, her family, and the entire Bulgarian Jewry.

Dec 19, 2014

Addressing how Jews in Israel and North America balance between their commitment to Israel and their right to criticize its actions and policies.

Apr 3, 2013

Rani Jaeger analyzes Natan Alterman's famous poem, "Silver Platter"

Jun 15, 2009

In spite of its undeniable shortcomings, Zionism's dizzying success has been to create native generations of Israelis who see the Land as their natural home.

Jun 2, 2008

Never has a city been so beautiful and so blemished, so revered and so reviled, so easy to love and so hard to live in.

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