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President, Shalom Hartman Institute

Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer is the 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 its many platforms for rabbis, lay leaders, Jewish professionals, and leaders of other faith communities. He is the co-creator of the Shalom Hartman Institute’s iEngage Project, which seeks to bridge between Israel and world Jewry through content, curriculum, and cutting-edge educational programs. Additionally, he is the host of Hartman’s Identity/Crisis podcast which can be found at

Yehuda received his doctorate in Jewish Studies from Harvard University and an MA in Religion from Brown University, and is an alumnus of both the Bronfman Youth and Wexner Graduate Fellowships. Previously Yehuda served as faculty member at Brandeis University, where he held the inaugural Chair in Jewish Communal Innovation.

He is the author of Shuva: The Future of the Jewish Past, which offers new thinking to contemporary Jews on navigating the tensions between history and memory; and the co-editor of The New Jewish Canon, a collection of the most significant Jewish ideas and debates of the past two generations.

He lives in New York with his wife Stephanie Ives and their three children.

Sep 25, 2023

The organized Jewish community has to open a wider lane than what now exists for political progressives to stay engaged with Israeli policy.

Sep 25, 2023

Partisan actors are using Israel to divide Black and Jewish voters. Let’s not let that happen in Georgia.

Sep 25, 2023

Exploring the relationship between liberalism and pluralism.

Sep 25, 2023

Exploring what it means for Jews to be American and investigating the nature of our civic obligations to others.

Yehuda Kurtzer


Jun 21, 2023

At stake is nothing less than the meaning of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state and the power of its state institutions to preserve human rights and minority rights.

Jun 13, 2023

Yehuda Kurtzer, Ariel Kahana

AJC Global Forum session The Great Debate with Yehuda Kurtzer and Ariel Kahana, Senior Diplomatic Correspondent, Israel Hayom.

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The End of Policy Substance in Israel Politics