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SHI In The News – November 2010

Lonely Man of Thought (Jewish Journal, November 10, 2010)
David Suissa, blogger and entrepreneur, devoted his entire column to a visit to his home by Hartman Institute President Donniel Hartman .
In it, he writes of Donniel:
Donniel Hartman can’t stand anything easy and quick; he might have lasted 30 seconds in an ad agency. He thinks in long form. His latest mastermind, called the Israel Engagement Project , includes a DVD set that features some of the top Zionist thinkers in Israel engaging the complex subject of Israel and Jewish values. He hopes it will become the basis for a national conversation in the American Jewish community….
Donniel Hartman embodies things that are usually perceived as mutually exclusive: a charismatic speaker who shies away from sound bites; an Orthodox rabbi who legitimizes other branches of Judaism; a fervent Zionist who is deeply liberal; a centrist with passion; a theorist who is pragmatic; a thinker who can act.
The Jewish Journal and Suissa were kind enough to let us repost the entire article on the Institute website. Click here to read the article in full.


Local Rabbis Team Up For Pluralistic Learning (New Jersey Jewish News, November 10, 2010)
Three New Jersey rabbis, one Reconstructionist, one Conservative, and one Orthodox, all of whom have spent time at the Hartman Institute, are planning to work together to teach a course to community leaders based on the Institute’s DVD Lecture Series, “Leadership and Crisis: Jewish Resources and Response.”
The article, which the Jewish News generously granted us the right to reprint said: "The rare intrafaith event will reflect the approach of the Shalom Hartman Institute, a think-tank in Israel that promotes pluralistic study."
Click here to read the article in full.

Donniel Hartman Essay on Haredim Reposted on Ynet in English and Hebrew  

Donniel Hartman’s essay on haredi bashing and on how mainstream Israelis must change their attitudes, Haredim and Mainstream Israelis Alike Must Rethink Their Roles , posted first on the Institute’s website, was reposted on Ynetnews and its parent site, Ynet , in Hebrew.


Resisting ‘Re-Ghettoization’: Lunch with Yossi Klein Halevi (Marc Tracy, Tablet, November 5, 2010)

Hartman Institute Fellow and Israel Engagement Project member Yossi Klein Halevi held an informal forum for journalists and Jewish leaders in New York that was captured in this lengthy article in Tablet. In the wide-ranging luncheon, Yossi discussed the settlements, global delegitimaztion efforts against Israel and his belief that moderate elements on the Right and the Left in Israel must join together to resist extremist elements in both camps. 

Prominent Jerusalem rabbi warns of religion’s limits (CNN, November 1, 2010)


Rabbi Prof. David Hartman is featured in a video interview on CNN discussing the limits of religion. As CNN Producer Izzy Lemberg wrote in an explanatory note to the video, Rabbi Hartman "said he’s trying to understand if religion is in fact helpful to the human condition." Click here to view the CNN video on the SHI website.

Yedioth Ahronoth Quotes Donniel Hartman on Haredi-Secular Disputes
A lengthy article in the leading Israeli daily newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth, on Friday, October 29, 2010, (image on right) on the fears of an ultra-Orthodox demographic takeover in Israel, quotes SHI President Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman several times. Yedioth articles are not available online, but a translation, titled, " Secular public’s demographic nightmare ," appeared on Ynetnews.com on October 31, 2010.
Taking a leading role (Jerusalem Post, October 29, 2010)
The Jerusalem Post detailed the philosophy and accomplishments of the Institute’s Midrashiya Girls H.S. in a lengthy article upon the occasion of the school being tasked by the Israeli Education Ministry to develop an "Orthodox feminist curriculum." 
…in an unprecedented move by the ministry, the Shalom Hartman Institute Midrashiya Girls’ High School has received a five-year mandate to develop an authentic and coherent educational vision that fuses respect for Jewish tradition and learning, obligation to Halacha and feminist ideology….
The new curriculum, which the Midrashiya is in the first year of developing and hopes to have finished within four years, will first and foremost reflect the school’s ideology in that it will be open to questions, encourage respectful critical discussion, introduce textual female models and discuss topics from a feminist angle. It aims to create a religious and spiritual atmosphere bound by Halacha, which honors Jewish tradition and way of life but also enables women to play an active and leading role in the religious life, spiritual dialogue and the religious public sphere. It is already being implemented and tested in the school.

“We work with teachers in the field to develop this curriculum,” explains Renana Ravitsky Pilzer , head of the school’s beit midrash and one of three educators (the other two are from the Hartman Institute) writing the new Orthodox feminist curriculum for the Education Ministry. “No ivory tower here. We are interacting with the teachers and the girls as we go along. We write the curriculum, and then we check it out in the field and refine it. So that when it is ready, we know it will really work.” 

SHI President Donniel Hartman said: 
The (Institute’s Charles E. Smith) Boys’ School was founded to create a new model of what it means to be an Orthodox Jew committed to Halacha yet embracing modernity and living within the modern world and a Jewish and democratic Israel.
Our mission was to create a school built from the bottom up around the challenges facing young Orthodox women in the modern world,” he continues. “We did not want to use a male model but rather a structure that answers the fundamental questions of these young women – their status, finding a voice in Jewish tradition and feeling good about themselves. We wanted a holistic approach,” he explains “The Midrashiya is built around this concept." 
SHI Executive Director Hana Gilat said the Institute could not be "a truly pluralistic and egalitarian institute if we only have a school for boys. It was clear that we should also have a girls’ school.”
Hartman’s Channa Pinchasi, leader of the Institute’s " Cheider Meshelach " program, was quoted as saying: “This move by the ministry is a recognition of feminism and the fact that to empower religious women, you need to speak to them in the language of feminism and Jewish identity."
Midrashiya Principal Merav Badichi told the newspaper:

Many girls and their parents eagerly awaited a school that not only offers academic excellence, is open to the wider world, encourages leadership and social awareness but also teaches girls to lead prayer, read from the Torah and be leaders not just in general society but also in Jewish life. 
Remembering Yitzhak Rabin (Jerusalem Post, October 19, 2010)
Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman , president of the Shalom Hartman Institute, was quoted in an October 19, 2010, article in the Jerusalem Post on the legacy of Yitzhak Rabin, 15 years after his murder. Click here to read Donniel’s essay, " Israel Cannot Afford to Ignore Lessons of Rabin’s Murder " on the SHI website. Click here for a Hebrew version of the article on the SHI Hebrew website. A version also appeared on NRG , the website of Israeli daily newspaper, Maariv.
SHI-North America Board Chair Angelica Berrie Featured in Video on Website of Nadav Foundation
After recei ving the Nadav Foundation’s Peoplehood Award on September 26, 2010, SHI-North America Board Chair Angelica Berrie has been featured in a moving video tribute on the Nadav website. Click here or on the photograph to view the video and to read about her award.
Donniel Hartman quoted ‘Yedioth Ahronoth’ article on Israeli loyalty oath controversy
Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman , president of the Shalom Hartman Institute, was quoted in the October 15, 2010, Yedioth Ahronoth article, "Is fascism is already here?", on the subject of the loyalty oath approved by the Cabinet earlier in the week. The article is not available online, but Donniel repeated some of his comments in a related context in his October 17, 2010, article, " Israel Cannot Afford to Ignore Lessons of Rabin’s Murder ."
Proximity talks: The Israeli phase (Akiva Eldar, Haaretz, October 8, 2010
For a year, intellectuals from the far-right and left of Israeli society gathered, in part, by the Institute’s Alick Isaacs , have been meeting to try to find a common language. Haaretz writer Akiva Eldar wrote:
This was the first time I’d been invited to a dialogue with settlers. And not just "any" settlers, but the ideological hard core. The offer was made to me a year ago by the initiators and moderators of the project: Sharon Leshem-Zinger of Kibbutz Urim, head of the counseling school run by the Voices in the Negev organization at Sapir Academic College, and a teacher in the conflict management program at Ben-Gurion University; Dr. Avinoam Rosenak, head of the department of Jewish thought at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a research fellow at the Van Leer Institute; and Dr. Alick Isaacs of the Hartman Institute and the Hebrew University’s Melton Center for Jewish Education. Both of the latter are observant Jews.
Then Eldar quoted Isaacs on the reason behind convening the panel:
Isaacs told how the idea of an internal Jewish dialogue on the religious meaning of the term "peace" began percolating in his mind following the crisis of the disengagement from Gush Katif and the Second Lebanon War, in which he took part as a reservist soldier.
"The standard peace dialogue in Western culture is based mainly on the conflict resolution by way of compromise and on the basis of hierarchies of interests," he explained. "In many circles in our region, compromise is perceived as a inferior cultural alternative; some even see it as a betrayal of their religious principles. Making peace in a religious dialogue means achieving an ideal that is connected to God’s name and presence. We believe that without broad public support that includes a religious – Jewish peace dialogue and Muslim salaam – there can be no peace and Israeli society will not be able to emerge from the crisis it has fallen into."
Livni Now Pressing Israel-Diaspora Gap Issue (Gary Rosenblatt, Jewish Week, October 6, 2010)
In an article in the Jewish Week, editor Gary Rosenblatt describes his experience at a New York parlor meeting where Kadima leader Tzipi Livni discussed the Israel-North American Jewry divide, and how to close the gap. Shalom Hartman Institute – North America was a prime mover in making the event happen, as Rosenblatt writes: 
In the conversation Sunday morning with four liberal rabbis, two journalists and the president of the North American division of the Shalom
Hartman Institute, who convened the meeting, Livni stayed laser-focused on what she sees as one of the critical questions of our time.
“What are the Jewish values that unite all Jews as a society, as a people?” she asked at the outset, assuring us that she was interested in an authentic and open dialogue. 
Rosenblatt then quotes SHI-North America President Yehuda Kurtzer’s comments on the issue: 
Yehuda Kurtzer, the young scholar recently appointed president of the North American division of the Jerusalem-based Shalom Hartman Institute, later told me that the institute engaged dozens of academics in Israel to address the Israel-diaspora divide this year in the hopes of translating their ideas into educational projects throughout the country.
Kurtzer, winner of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies’ “big idea” award several years ago, said his goal is to create a smaller version of that project here.
“We can’t take for granted” that the Israel-diaspora relationship will endure without analyzing and nourishing it, he said.

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