The Shalom Hartman Institute of North America

New York, NY   |  www.hartman.org.il/northamerica

Mission

Shalom Hartman Institute of North America enriches the resources, vision, and commitment of the leaders and change agents who shape the future of Jewish life in North America. By convening professional and lay leaders of major communal organizations at seminars and conferences and through national cohort programs, SHI North America empowers Jewish leaders to develop new approaches to addressing the deep challenges facing their communities today. Through text study, peer learning, and interdenominational dialogue, the Institute is shaping a future for North American Jewry of intellectual renaissance and renewed inspiration.

Ruling year info

1980

President

Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer

Main address

475 Riverside Drive Suite 1450

New York, NY 10115 USA

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EIN

13-3014387

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Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Jewish (X30)

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iEngage Project

The goal of the iEngage Project is to respond to growing feelings of disenchantment and disinterest toward Israel among an ever-increasing number of Jews worldwide by creating a new narrative regarding the significance of Israel for Jewish life. This narrative will serve as a foundation for a new covenant between Israel and world Jewry, elevating the existing discourse from one with a crisis-based focus to one rooted in Jewish values and ideas.

The core feature of the "traditional" Israel narrative was the precariousness of Jewish survival. In this narrative, Jewish existence, both in Israel and around the world, was viewed as threatened by inevitable and often imminent danger. One of the long-lasting effects of the Holocaust generation and that following it was the shaping of a consciousness deeply suspicious and fearful of the world. This inspired the creation of a Jewish identity in which the survival and perpetuation of the Jewish people and the defense of Jews in danger became central values.

Political, economic, and cultural success among Jews in many communities throughout the world, coupled with a growth in their own Jewish vitality and creativity, have diminished the compelling nature of the narrative of crisis in the lives of many Jews. At the same time, there is the success story that is Israel. Without denying the dangers that Israel still faces on a daily basis, its military power and prowess render a narrative of crisis less meaningful. When one adds to the equation the economic vitality of modern Israel, it becomes increasingly difficult to portray Israel as a weak country in dire need of help from Jews around the world.

iEngage brings together a team of world-leading scholars and public intellectuals who specialize in areas such as Jewish thought, political theory, and international law, and who are leading forces in rethinking the meanings and significance of Zionism and Israel and communicating these ideas to Jews worldwide.

Now is the time to invite Jews from around the world to engage in thinking about the meaning that Israel can have in their lives and how they can be enriched and positively influenced by the reality of a Jewish nation. Only a narrative that gives meaning to Jewish statehood and sovereignty and that articulates a vision of Israel that lives up to the highest standard of Jewish values, morality, and democracy can form the basis for a new covenant for Jews around the world. We are working to generate a conversation that will celebrate Israel for what it is and for what it will become, which will in turn engender a commitment to taking part in building such an Israel.

www.engagingisrael.com

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Israel has become a polarizing topic in contemporary Jewish life, resulting in alienation between Israeli and North American Jews. The growing disenchantment with Israel among members of the Jewish community is felt particularly strongly on college campuses, where Jewish students and campus professionals find themselves pressured by board members, funders, external organizations, and non-Jewish groups on campus.

Recognizing the importance of providing resources, content, and training to multiple aspects of the campus community, the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America provides an expanding range of programmatic offerings which support the growth of values-based conversations about Israel on campuses across North America.


The Shalom Hartman Institute joined together with Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life to create a cutting-edge and transformative fellowship for professionals in the field. This fellowship fortifies and equips professionals with the skills, content, and confidence to educate and mentor their students, especially on questions raised by the modern State of Israel.

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The Shalom Hartman Institute of North America

Board of directors
as of 08/22/2019
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Board co-chair

Ms. Angelica Berrie

Russell Berrie Foundation


Board co-chair

Mr. Donald Meltzer

Meadowcroft Partners