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The iEngage Project creates a new narrative regarding the significance of Israel for Jewish life. This narrative serves as a foundation for a new covenant between Israel and world Jewry, elevating the existing discourse from a crisis-based focus to one rooted in Jewish values and ideas. Led by a team of internationally renowned scholars in the fields of Jewish studies, Middle East politics, and history, iEngage is committed to addressing core questions pertaining to the necessity and significance of the State of Israel. 

The Shalom Hartman Institute’s iEngage Video Lecture Series delivers the excellence of Hartman scholarship to Jewish thought leaders of all political and denominational backgrounds, empowering them to facilitate nuanced, empathetic,values-based conversations about Israel within their communities. 

The iEngage methodology encourages participants to explore the values informing their approach to policy, helping participants open their hearts and minds to better listen and respect those who have differing views about Jewishness, collective identity, and Israel. We trust that the discussions generated by these materials will have a significant impact on your students’ Jewish lives, Jewish leadership, and relationship with Israel. 

New! Together & Apart: The Future of Jewish Peoplehood

Our newest iEngage video curriculum explores one of the most pressing issues facing the Jewish world today – how we move from being a people with no permanent home to one with two permanent homes.

Through video lectures, interviews, and textual sources, this 14-unit course addresses the complex features of Jewish peoplehood and the contemporary challenges to the Jewish people in an era in which we have moved from having no home to having two different, vibrant, homes in Israel and in North America.

The curriculum examines the forces dividing the Jewish people today, including nationalism, antisemitism, dual-loyalty, and identity politics; and it imagines new conceptual frameworks that can help sustain and grow the story of our people for a new millennium.