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Changing the way young Jewish leaders connect to Judaism and Israel

The Shalom Hartman Institute offers a growing suite of educational initiatives for young Jews between the ages of 15–25 as well as the professionals, educators, and institutions that serve them on college campuses, days schools, summer camps, congregational schools, and youth groups.

For background on the Institute’s commitment to building a pipeline of young Jewish leadership, read this essay by Yehuda Kurtzer.

For Students

Hartman offers deep learning opportunities for emerging Jewish leaders at various ages and stages, from high school to gap year to college and beyond.

Hartman Teen Fellowship

A signature year-long supplemental leadership program for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors that combines ideas, identity, and community. Learn more >

Hevruta Gap-Year Program

A flagship gap year program for North Americans between high school and college that features a year of study in Jerusalem alongside Israeli peers. Learn more >

Campus Student Leadership Summit

Student leaders from colleges across the country gather every August to address the role of Jewish identity, peoplehood, and Israel on campus. Learn more >

Edward Fein Winter Student Seminar

The premier program for college students to study Israel through  Jewish texts, values, and ideas in Jerusalem each January. Learn more >

Student Writing Challenge

Opportunity for Jewish college students to share how campus life is shaping their Jewish identity and connection to Jewish life. Learn more >

Alumni Opportunities

Hartman provides learning and community throughout the year for alumni of the Hevruta Gap-Year Program as well as college students who participate in the programs listed above through in-person gatherings and online learning. We are also developing programs for post-college young adults.

For more information about our Wellspring programs for students ages 15-25, contact Daniel Braunfeld.

Jul 30, 2023

A Wellspring program for teens

Jul 30, 2023

A Wellspring program for young adults

Jul 30, 2023

A Wellspring program for young adults

A Wellspring program for young adults

For Professionals in Informal Education

The Hartman Institute offers learning opportunities for, and a network of, professionals in informal Jewish education serving Hillels, summer camps, youth groups, Israel trips, and more. These programs focus on the needs of professionals who are working to offer values-based learning about Jewish identify, Israel, and peoplehood.

Edward Fein Campus Professionals Fellowship

For a decade, Hartman has trained key Hillel leaders and educators on college campuses across North America, building a network of more than 100 current professionals and alumni. Learn more >

IACT Learning Initiative

In partnership with Hillel International, Hartman provides iEngage learning to IACT Coordinators on 30 campuses across North America. Learn more >

Leadership Seminar for Camp Staff

The Leadership Seminar for Camp Staff offers participants an intensive learning and leadership program with Hartman faculty in a pluralistic environment, rooted in the Hartman iEngage curriculum. Learn more >

In 2020 the Institute began training professionals leading summer camps and day camps, which is now expanding to serve professionals building teen and young adult programs (post-college).

For more information about Wellspring programs for professionals in informal education, contact Jonathan Golden.

Jul 30, 2023

A Wellspring program for professionals serving young adults

Jul 30, 2023

A Wellspring program for young adults

For Professionals in Formal Education

The Shalom Hartman Institute is also committed to serving the needs of professionals in Jewish day schools – including heads of school and educators – who are working to offer values-based learning about Jewish identify, Israel, and peoplehood.

In 2020 the Institute launched a series of cohort leadership programs for day school leaders from the NY region who studied with Hartman faculty throughout the year to learn and discuss ways to apply the Institute’s values-based approach to their school community. The Institute also hosts conferences for day school educators, most recently a Jewish History Teachers Conference in May 2022 in partnership with Charles E. Smith Day School in Rockville, MD.

In partnership with the Jewish Education Project, Hartman is working to bring iEngage learning to senior educators leading synagogue-based Hebrew schools in a pilot program in 2022-2024.

For more information about Wellspring programs for professionals in formal education, contact Jonathan Golden.

We are grateful to the following for their generous support of Wellspring programs:

Zeff-Kesher Foundation

Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation
The Morningstar Foundation
UJA-Federation of New York

Who We Are

Senior Vice President of Wellspring

Director of Young Adult Initiatives

Director of Wellspring Leadership Initiatives, Interim Director of Boston

Head of Hevruta Gap-Year Program

SHI Senior Faculty and Rabbi

Director of Teaching and Learning

Director of Education

Program Coordinator

Manager of Student Relationships

Teen Program Coordinator

Program Coordinator

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