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The Shalom Hartman Institute has a strong connection to the Chicago Jewish community. Chicago area rabbis have been part of our Rabbinic Leadership Initiative from its inception, and they serve as the leaders in sharing the important and big relevant ideas impacting our communities today.

We are excited to bring Hartman Torah to Chicago, to learn the landscape of organizational and institutional life, to identify the key challenges with which Chicago leaders are grappling, and to empower them to speak and lead on major issues of Jewish concern by providing the tools to lead communal conversations on Israel and Jewish life.

We are grateful to the Crown Family Philanthropies for their partnership and support of our work in Chicago.

Apr 07


Dec 7, 2023

Offering Chicago lay leaders a new language and set of conceptual frameworks for understanding the relationship between Israel and World Jewry.

Nov 29, 2022

Yossi Klein Halevi explores whether Israel’s inability to agree on a government speaks to larger challenges.

Jun 7, 2022

Yehuda Kurtzer explores the challenges and opportunities of ideological pluralism, and how we might foster an ethic of inclusion in the Chicago Jewish community.

Jun 01


Mar 1, 2022

Jason Rosensweig, a local advocate for the Jewish community with a passion for pluralism, will be the first Chicago Director for the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America.

iEngage Resources

Aug 7, 2023

One year later, Hartman staff and faculty look back at the nearly 100 pandemic-related articles, videos, and podcasts that were produced. Here are a few that deserve a second look.

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Questions? Contact Ari Berkowicz, Director of Chicago
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The End of Policy Substance in Israel Politics