The David Hartman Memorial Conference for a Jewish-Democratic Israel provides an intellectual foundation for a shift in consciousness about Israeli-Jewish civil society, presenting participants with a clearer understanding of the deep Jewish roots of social justice and how they can and should be realized in modern day Israel.

The Hartman Institute launched the now-annual Conference in 2011 in response to an increase in bigotry against Arab citizens of Israel. After the passing of Institute founder David Hartman, it was renamed as the David Hartman Memorial Conference.