The Shalom Hartman Institute (SHI), the leading center of applied Jewish thought and education serving Israel and North America is excited to announce the opening of a new regional office in Boston.
Hartman will partner with Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) and local organizations alongside lay and professional leaders to bring relevant ideas and conversations to the community through cohort experiences, public programs, and educational seminars with Hartman scholars. Boston serves as the newest of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America’s seven regional offices with a professional staff presence.
“We live in challenging times and face many threats to our Jewish future. Hartman learning offers us a way to face those challenges and secure our future. I am thrilled CJP and Hartman have launched this partnership to bring Hartman to Boston.”
Working to understand the specific regional questions and challenges while helping to shape the Jewish communal conversation is an essential part of Hartman’s core mission. “We are grateful for the close partnership and relationship that we have cultivated with CJP to help move this work forward in Boston,” noted Rebecca Starr, Hartman’s Director of Regional Programs.
The decision to expand to Boston was made possible, in large part, by the Institute’s longstanding positive relationship with CJP.
“After more than two years of disconnection during COVID, we are thrilled to partner with the Hartman Institute as we launch Spark, a multi-year communitywide initiative to connect to each other, our Boston Jewish community, and to Israel on her 75th birthday,” said Kimberlee Schumacher, Vice President of Partnerships and Services at CJP. “Spark will offer an opportunity for participants to learn from and with Hartman scholars and to participate in conversations that have the power to animate our Jewish future.”
Rabbi Emily Goldberg Winer will head the Boston operations and manage local programming. A Wexner Graduate Fellow and 92nd Street Y Jewish Innovation Fellow, Winer received her ordination from Yeshivat Maharat in Riverdale, NY. She moved to Boston earlier this summer and is already immersing herself in the community.
“The Boston Jewish community feels simultaneously robust and tight knit. There are movers and innovators creating real change in our communal discourse here, and I feel so humbled to be a part of it.”
“CJP is excited to partner with the Shalom Hartman Institute as we invest in a deeply engaged Jewish community and a vibrant, creative, Jewish future,” said Marc Baker, President and CEO of CJP. “We hope to inspire courageous leaders to find meaning and strength in the relevance and depth of our Jewish tradition and ensure that dynamic Jewish ideas empower our diverse community. Together we will wrestle with the most pressing issues of our time: Jewish Peoplehood, Zionism, democracy, and pluralism.”