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The Lost Art of Persuasion

The Edward Bronfman Memorial Lecture at the 2023 Community Leadership Program
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

Yossi Klein Halevi

A commitment to a liberal ethos necessitates a commitment to speaking with “the other,” especially about matters we hold most dear. In this episode, recorded in front of a live audience at the Edward Bronfman Memorial Lecture during our annual Community Leadership Program in Jerusalem, Yehuda Kurtzer and Yossi Klein Halevi discuss the “lost art” of persuasion: How do we stand by our unique values while also practicing pluralism? What would happen if we valued humble, peaceful society over passionate, loud ideas? How can we examine ourselves, within and without, to become better people?

For further viewing:

Should Diaspora Jews Have a Say in Israeli Affairs? [YouTube]

The Last Time Democracy Almost Died [The New Yorker]


A transcript of this episode is available here.

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In a frenzied media cycle, Identity/Crisis delves into the big ideas behind the news from a uniquely Jewish perspective. Host Yehuda Kurtzer, president of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, talks with leading thinkers to unpack current events effecting Jewish communities in North America, Israel, and around the world, revealing the core Jewish values underlying the issues that matter to you.

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