Hartman Learning Initiative


Hartman Learning Initiative
In Newton and In Israel


Judaism, Citizenship & Democracy
October 18-30
Hartman@Home fall learning began with a two-week symposium focusing on the key civic issues facing the Jewish community today, bringing a Jewish lens to the civic obligations, issues, and leadership needed in this moment of global pandemic and unprecedented polarization.

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Scholars from the Shalom Hartman Institute at Temple Emanuel

Save the Dates
Sundays at 10 am

March 14 – Dani Segal
April 11 – TBA, pending confirmation of scholar availability



Dani Segal

It’s About Time
Sunday, March 14, 2021 | 10:00 – 11:15 am

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Writing Our Own Story: A Hidden Narrative of the Book of Genesis
October 2020
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Donniel Hartman

Healing our Society After the Insurrection
Sunday, January 2021
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Talking about Israel: Missteps and Opportunities
February 2020
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Micah Goodman

The Wondering Jew: Israel and the Search for Jewish Identity
Sunday, January 2021
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The Books of the Bible That We Never Read but Are Filled With Gold When We Do: Micah Goodman on the Books of Daniel, Ezra and Nehemiah

November 15 and December 6, 2020
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Deuteronomy: The Last Speech of Moses
June and August 2020

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August 11: The Failure of Deuteronomy’s Revolution
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August 18: Renewal and Destruction
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August 25: Conclusion: Moses’s Final Word
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Yom Ha’Shoah, Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut in the Age of Covid-19
May 3, 2020
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Reflections on Dystopia
April 5, 2020
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Rachel Korazim

March 2020 – May 2021
Tuesdays and Thursdays | 2:00 – 3:15 pm
Israeli Poetry with Rachel Korazim and
the Global Jewish Community

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March 2, 2021 – Yehuda Amichai
Sponsored by Temple Emanuel

June 24Languages
Sponsored by friends at Temple Emanuel and our Hartman Learning Initiative.
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May 14Forbidden Games
Sponsored by friends at Temple Emanuel, Connie Giesser and Andrea & Arthur Waldstein, and our Hartman Learning Initiative.
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March 29 – Poems Around the Seder Table II
Sponsored by Temple Emanuel
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November 2019

Loyalty and Critique in Modern Israeli Literature

Shabbat, Nov 2
A Day of Tidings – An Old Story that Refuses to Die
From the Summit of Mt. Scopus
Is it Okay to Say the Word Nakba?
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Nov 4 | 8:00 – 9:30 pm
Contemporary Israeli Poets in the Footsteps of the Prophets


Selected Lectures of Hartman Scholars at Temple Emanuel – Listen Now!


Hartman Video Lecture Series (VLS)

Together and Apart: The Future of Jewish Peoplehood 
Study with Hartman Institute Scholars in a Video Lecture Series

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Hartman Institute Summer Retreat

2020 Hartman Institute Summer Study

All Together Now: Jewish Ideas for this Moment

Monday June 29 – Thursday, July 23

View select recordings from Hartman’s month-long festival of ideas and learning here
Four special sessions were held for Temple Emanuel participants.
You can view the recordings
here. 

The Hartman Institute describes its Community Leadership Summer Retreat as “an annual weeklong seminar dealing with major questions facing Judaism in the modern age. The program, in operation for more than 20 years, takes place at the Institute’s beautiful campus in the heart of Jerusalem and draws scores of North American lay leaders from across the continent and denominational spectrum.”

Learn more about the Hartman Institute’s Community Leadership Summer Retreat in Israel (CLP).

Answers to the most frequently asked questions about the Community Leadership Program (CLP) Summer Program at the Shalom Hartman Institute, including who attends, free time, a typical program day and more, are available on the Hartman website.

Questions? Please contact Trip Chairs Amy Klein and Brian Lefsky with any questions, and to let us know if you’re planning to come with us to Israel this summer!