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Identity/Crisis Podcast

The “Secular” Rabbis of Israel

Israel is experiencing a religious renaissance that is redefining Judaism and secularism.
Yehuda Kurtzer, Noga Brenner Samia
Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer is the 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

Noga Brenner Samia

Israel is experiencing a non-Orthodox religious renaissance that is redefining Judaism and secularism. Rabbi Noga Brenner Samia, Executive Director of Hillel Israel and alumna of Hartman’s Beit Midrash for Israeli Rabbis, speaks with Yehuda Kurtzer about what sparked this new brand of liberal Judaism, the role of religion in the public sphere in a diverse religious ecosystem, how to negotiate the balance between the Jewish and democratic character of the state, and what it means to be a “secular rabbi?”

Identity/Crisis: The Ideas Behind the News is a podcast of the Shalom Hartman Institute.

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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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