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Who is a Jew in the State of Israel?

Will the new Israeli government’s policies undermine Jewish peoplehood?
Tani Frank is the Director of the Center for Judaism and State Policy at the Shalom Hartman Institute. Since 2013, Tani has worked with MK Elazar Stern (Major-General Res.) as a senior consultant for economic and legislative affairs, including the responsibility for drafting bills and promoting ideas on issues of religion and state. Following the 2015 elections in Israel, Tani was one of the founding directors of “Judaism for All,” an initiative focused on creating

Yardena Schwartz

Will the new Israeli government’s policies undermine Jewish peoplehood? The question “Who is a Jew?” has major implications for issues of immigration, citizenship, conversion, and personal status (marriage and burial). How will the Israeli right-wing’s proposed reforms impact democracy, freedom of religion, and Jewish life?

Tani Frank, Director of the Shalom Hartman Institute’s Center for Judaism and State Policy, and Yardena Schwartz award-winning journalist and member of Hartman’s Seminar & Writers Workshop for Journalists, help us understand the contentious and complicated issues of religion and state in Israel today.

This session is part of Ideas for Today, curated courses by Hartman Institute scholars on the big Jewish ideas we need to think better and do better.

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