Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman is president of the Shalom Hartman Institute and holds the Kaufman Family Chair in Jewish Philosophy. He is author of the highly regarded 2016 book, Putting God Second: How to Save Religion from Itself, and is the host of the award-winning For Heaven’s Sake, one of the most popular Jewish podcasts in North America. Donniel is the founder of some of the most extensive education, training and enrichment programs for scholars,
Tikkun Olam and Israeli Judaism: The Possibility of Social Justice as a Cornerstone of Israeli Society
Talia Avnon-Benveniste, Director of the HUC-JIR Israel Rabbinical Program and Donniel Hartman in a special panel presentation as part of the joint conference of the Ben Gurion Research Institute, The Shalom Hartman Institute, and the Reform Movement in Israel on the topic of liberal Judaism in Israeli society.
This panel explores the place of tikkun olam in Israeli Jewish consciousness. While tikkun olam has played a significant central role in American liberal Judaism over half a century, what has been its role in Israeli Judaism? How can social justice serve as an important religious value for Israeli Jews? What are the implications of the rise in liberal Israeli Jewish expressions for the future of Jewish Peoplehood?