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The ‘Evolving’ Ultra-Orthodox and Israel’s Public Square

A compelling democratic and pluralistic vision of Israeli Judaism is needed to counter the ultra-Orthodox
Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer is president of the Shalom Hartman Institute. Yehuda is a leading thinker and author on the meaning of Israel to American Jews, on Jewish history and Jewish memory, and on questions of leadership and change in American Jewish life. Yehuda led the creation of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America in 2010 as a pioneering research and educational center for the leadership of the North American Jewish community, and teaches in


In this video blog, Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer of the Engaging Israel Project describes how the ultra-Orthodox in Israel have gained a presence in the Israeli public square. He calls on others to "push back" against this by providing a compelling democratic and pluralistic vision of Judaism in Israel.


For more on this subject read, "Incredibly Loud and Extremely Close," by Engaging Israel’s Suzanne Last Stone.

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