The Jewish Federation – Shalom Hartman Partnership

Banner reads: Our Values, Our Aspirations A Jewish Communal Conversation

In partnership with the Shalom Hartman Institute, a leading center of Jewish thought and education, Federation is focusing on civic engagement through a Jewish lens, and engaging our community to think about and lead on the big questions facing North American Jewry.

Enjoy the recordings of our public lectures below and stay tuned for another year of inspiration and learning with Federation and the Shalom Hartman Institute.

The Jewish Federation-Shalom Hartman partnership began in 2018 with a focus on the public lecture series, Our Values, Our Aspirations: A Jewish Communal Conversation. Through six public lectures over two years, we integrated Jewish tradition, debates, and ideas into our focus on identity, partisanship, and our communal relationship with Israel. By rapidly pivoting to virtual programming in the fall of 2020, we continued our momentum into year three with a new, three-part virtual lecture series, From Election to Inauguration and Beyond: Jewish Identity and Civic Responsibility, which focused on the 2020 U.S. presidential election and the inauguration, and how this time period and beyond is affecting our Jewish communal identity, Jewish values, and the Jewish community’s civic rights and obligations.

In addition to the public lectures, Federation and Hartman have convened a series of smaller cohorts—in person and virtually—of community leaders, rabbis, and thought leaders to engage in deep Jewish learning and explore what such learning means in their own lives and community.

Our Values, Our Aspirations By the Numbers

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3 Public Lectures

14 Unique Cohorts

34 Online Sessions

3 Special Convenings for Jewish Thought Leaders

2020 – 2021 SERIES OF PUBLIC LECTURES:
(click on the lectures below to watch the recordings)

Part 3: Jewish Peoplehood and How We Heal
Featuring Dr. Tal Becker, Senior Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute, and Dr. Erica Brown, Director of the Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership at George Washington University, in conversation with Gil Preuss, CEO of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. (March 11, 2021; this lecture was not recorded)

Part 2: From Election to Inauguration and Beyond: Jewish Identity and Civic Responsibility
Featuring Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman, President of the Shalom Hartman Institute, Kenneth R. Weinstein, former President and CEO of the Hudson Institute, and Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt, Senior Rabbi at Adas Israel Congregation. (Recorded January 14, 2021)

Part 1: From Election to Inauguration and Beyond: Jewish Identity and Civic Responsibility
Featuring Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer, President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, and Dr. Tamara Cofman Wittes, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, moderated by Gil Preuss, CEO of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. (Recorded November 24, 2020)

2019 – 2020 SERIES OF PUBLIC LECTURES:
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Is There Any Chance for Peace? An Israeli Writer Reaches Out to Palestinians
Featuring Yossi Klein Halevi, Senior Research Fellow and Co-Director of Muslim Leadership Initiative, Shalom Hartman Institute (Recorded March 12, 2020)

The Moral Tribes of the Jewish People: Conflict and Community in an Age of Polarization
Featuring Dr. Tal Becker, Senior Research Fellow, Shalom Hartman Institute (November 19, 2019; this lecture was not recorded)

Politics and Morality: How Separable Are They?
Featuring Dr. Elana Stein Hain, Scholar-in-Residence and Director of Faculty, Shalom Hartman Institute of North America (January 13, 2020; this lecture was not recorded)

2018 – 2019 SERIES OF PUBLIC LECTURES:
(click on the lectures below to watch the recordings)

The Moral, the Political and the Partisan: Jewish Community and Jewish Values in an Era of Polarization
Featuring Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer, President, Shalom Hartman Institute of North America (Recorded on October 16, 2018)

From Family to Consumer? New Models for the Relationship Between Israel and World Jewry
Featuring Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman, President, Shalom Hartman Institute (Recorded on January 13, 2019)

Israelis Go to the Polls: What the Election Campaign Reveals About Israel
Featuring Yossi Klein Halevi, Senior Fellow and Co-Director of Muslim Leadership Initiative, Shalom Hartman Institute (Recorded on March 28, 2019)

Federation is proud to partner with The Shalom Hartman Institute, one of the leading centers of Jewish thought and education serving Israel and world Jewry. Together, we are offering Greater Washington’s Jewish community members meaningful opportunities to explore the most pressing questions facing our communities today around Judaism and democracy, ethics, peoplehood, Jewish identity, and more. For more opportunities to explore these issues visit Hartman@Home.

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