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Foundations for a Thoughtful Judaism

An introduction to philosophical ideas in Jewish peoplehood, practice, faith, and ethics based on Hartman Torah from the past four decades.


Foundations for a Thoughtful Judaism is a curricular project which offers a sophisticated yet accessible introduction to philosophical ideas in Jewish peoplehood, practice, faith, and ethics. Its content is based on Hartman teaching from the last four decades.

The curriculum grew out of an interest in sharing ideas that have been taught at the Institute to rabbis for decades with people who are new to Jewish tradition, and is designed to allow even beginners to have access to deep Jewish thought. This includes interfaith relationships, people exploring their own Judaism for the first time, and those who are working towards conversion.  The curriculum is not a how-to Judaism 101 course, but instead serves as a complement for those who wish to grapple with philosophical questions at the heart of Jewish tradition.

Foundations for a Thoughtful Judaism is a robust offering available for educators, teachers, thought leaders, and clergy wishing to bring these foundational ideas to their learners and institutions. The cost is $500 per volume and $1800 for all four volumes.

Sep 28, 2023

Taking a pluralistic approach to Jewish education, the course will spark deeper conversations on faith, ethics, practice and community.


Sep 28, 2023

The curriculum covers four areas of compelling contemporary interest to North American Jews: Peoplehood, Faith, Practice, and Ethics. See a sample class on "Pathways to Faith."

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Who We Are

President, Shalom Hartman Institute

President, Shalom Hartman Institute

Scholar in Residence and Director of New Media

Director of Teaching and Learning

Director of Education

Director of Regional Programs

Rosh Beit Midrash and Senior Fellow

Senior Fellow

David Hartman Center Fellow

Senior Fellow Emeritus

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