Selected Lectures

MicahGoodmanMicah Goodman is a leading voice in Israel and North America on Zionism, Judaism, the Bible and a wide variety of issues facing Israel and contemporary world Jewry. A celebrated thinker and teacher, he is the author of four Israeli bestsellers on canonical Jewish texts and contemporary Israel: Moses’s Final Speech, The Dream of the Kuzari, The Secrets of the Guide for the Perplexed and Catch 67.

Dr. Goodman directs the Beit Midrash Yisraeli – Ein Prat, a nonprofit that works to fulfill Israel’s promise by inspiring thousands of young adults from across the religious spectrum through Jewish-Zionist education and leadership training.

He has a doctorate from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he lectures on Jewish thought and serves as a senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.

December 3, 2017 – “Zionism Part Two – Israel’s Next 70 Years”

November 22, 2015 – “Tradition and Modernity – New Perspectives”

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May 13, 2015 – “Is God a Threat to Religion?”

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May 14, 2015 – “Israel Today”

December 14, 2014 – “Moses and the Challenges of Success”

March 11, 2014 – “Sharon and Bibi: Windows Into Modern Israel”

November 11, 2012 – Micah taught our leadership team at a Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) session


“Lessons in Leadership from Ein Prat”

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“Monotheism and Power”

March 18, 2012 – “The Rise and Fall of King David”

January 18, 2010 – Community-wide Teaching on “The Dilemma of Job”

*Note: Due to technical difficulty, the first 7 minutes of this lecture are not available.

January 19, 2010 – “Introduction to Biblical Leadership”

Donniel_Hartman_img1Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman is President of the Shalom Hartman Institute and author of Putting God Second: How to Save Religion from Itself. Donniel is the founder of some of the most extensive education, training and enrichment programs for scholars, educators, rabbis, and religious and lay leaders in Israel and North America. He is a prominent essayist, blogger and lecturer on issues of Israeli politics, policy, Judaism, and the Jewish community.

He has a Ph.D. in Jewish philosophy from Hebrew University, an M.A in political philosophy from New York University, an M.A. in religion from Temple University, and Rabbinic ordination from the Shalom Hartman Institute.

He is the author of The Boundaries of Judaism; co-editor of Judaism and the Challenges of Modern Life; co-author of Spheres of Jewish Identity; and lead author of Speaking iEngage: Creating a New Narrative Regarding the Significance of Israel for Jewish Life. He is currently completing his next book, entitled Who are the Jews?

He is married to Adina and is the father of three children and two grandchildren.

May 25, 2016 – “Putting God Second: How to Save Religion From Itself”

In conversation with Dr. Michael Sandel, American political philosopher and professor at Harvard University.

In his book, Putting God Second, Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman tackles one of modern life’s most urgent and vexing questions:

Why are the great monotheistic faiths – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam – chronically unable to fulfill their own self-professed goal of creating individuals infused with moral sensitivity and societies governed by the highest ethical standards?

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Yehuda Kurtzer is President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. He received his doctorate in Jewish Studies from Harvard University, where he wrote his dissertation on the Jews of the Mediterranean Diaspora and their relationship to the rise of rabbinic piety.

YehudaKurtzerAn alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowships and Bronfman Youth Fellowships, Yehuda lectures and teaches widely in both academic and community educational settings.

His newest book, entitled Shuva: The Future of the Jewish Past (released April, 2012), focuses on issues of Jewish identity and meaning, and offers new thinking on how contemporary Jews can and should relate to our past. The book has been called a work “of rare academic and spiritual depth” in which Dr. Kurtzer “draws effortlessly and brilliantly upon Jewish and western intellectual and religious traditions to create a work of constructive Jewish thought at its best.”

April 22, 2015 – “The Ethics of Public Leadership: Who Speaks for the Jews?”

Members of the Jewish community hold a wide spectrum of beliefs, and in the aftermath of the recent elections in Israel, our sense of communal identity is being tested. We are left to wonder if anyone has the right – or the responsibility – to speak on behalf of us all. The evening will feature a discussion between Yehuda Kurtzer, President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America and Jeremy Burton, Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston.

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February 12, 2012 – “On Power and Authority: Five Radical Rabbinic Ideas”

Using both an historical orientation as well as an ethical orientation, learn about the different concepts and ideas that the rabbis introduce that help us think about how we attain authority, its relationship to power, and most importantly how we use our power ethically.

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Source Materials : On Power and Authority

Yossi Klein Halevi is a senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. Together with Imam Abdullah Antepli of Duke University, he co-directs the Institute’s Muslim Leadership Initiative.

Yossi is the author of Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation, published by HarperCollins in 2013, which won the Jewish Book Council’s Everett Family Foundation Jewish Book of the Year Award.

Yossi writes for the op-ed pages of leading American newspapers. Read more here.

June 3, 2018 – “A Conversation with Yossi Klein Halevi”

The Award-winning author and Shalom Hartman Institute senior fellow Yossi Klein Halevi joined in conversation with Aviva Klompas, Associate VP of Strategic Israel Engagement at CJP, celebrating the launch of Yossi’s groundbreaking new book,  Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor