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The Shalom Hartman Institute established a presence in Detroit with the opening of a Midwest regional office in August 2019. Our goal locally is to engage community leaders in both the lay and professional realm in areas of thought leadership that relate to the complexities of the North American Jewish community today. We bring people together to engage in conversations related to the way in which the North American Jewish community interacts with Israel and vice versa, and bring deep learning opportunities to cohort groups and to the public from renown scholars and faculty members from North America and Israel.

Our goals include strengthening Jewish peoplehood, identity, and pluralism; to enhance the Jewish and democratic character of Israel; and to ensure that Judaism is a compelling force for good in the 21st century.

We are grateful to the William Davidson Foundation for their partnership and support of our initiatives.


Detroit Community Leadership Program: Community lay leaders apply to be part of a year-long cohort engaged in meaningful conversations related to the challenges facing Jews in Israel and North America, culminating at our summer Community Leadership Program in Jerusalem.

Educators Program: Educators from day schools and supplementary schools engage in learning related to the challenges of Jewish peoplehood today with the opportunity to apply their learning to their work in the classroom.

Detroit Federation: A Taste of Hartman

Rabbinic Leadership Initiative

Detroit area rabbis Aaron Starr of Congregation Shaarey Zedek, and Ariana Silverman of the Downtown Synagogue were members of Cohort VII of Hartman’s Rabbinic Leadership Initiative, a selective group of rabbinic leaders from across the country learning together with Hartman over a three-year period. Read more about our rabbis and this program.

Feb 8, 2024

Feb 8, 2024

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

In the Media

Feb 8, 2024

Yossi Klein Halevi, Don Cohen

Israeli election shows Israelis divided on preferred vision of the future.

Feb 8, 2024

They joined more than 150 leaders from across North America for the summer Community Leadership Program

Feb 8, 2024

Even with the challenges, the sadness and the difficulties surrounding the pandemic, our Jewish tradition demands that we continue to push and move the community forward.

Feb 8, 2024

Two emerging Jewish teen leaders from the Detroit area write about their summer experience with the Hartman Institute

Feb 8, 2024

If ever you wonder what inspires leadership at Detroit Jewish Federation, ask Randi Sakwa

Feb 8, 2024

Former Detroiter chosen to give a benediction at the convention.

Feb 8, 2024

Though the campus is closed, the Hartman Beit Midrash (study hall) is open to the world — and free.

Feb 8, 2024

Building cohorts of Jewish learners and leaders, Shalom Hartman Institute adds Jewish Detroit as home base for new Midwest Region

Feb 8, 2024

Israeli interfaith scholar provides insight about his spiritual journey.

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