The Shalom Hartman Institute is a pluralistic center of research and education deepening and elevating the quality of Jewish life in Israel and around the world. Through our work, we are redefining the conversation about Judaism in modernity, religious pluralism, Israeli democracy, Israel and world Jewry, and the relationship with other faith communities.
Our work focuses on developing and enhancing:
21st Century Judaism: Developing compelling Jewish ideas capable of competing in the modern marketplace of identities and thought.
Religious Pluralism: Building a Jewish people and a State of Israel that respect and celebrate diversity.
Jewish and Democratic Israel: Ensuring Israel's foundations as the democratic homeland of the Jewish people committed to equal rights and religious freedom for all.
Jewish Peoplehood: Forming a strong mutual commitment between world Jewry and Israelis as equal partners in the future of Jewish life.
Judaism and the World: Serving as a gateway for leaders of other faiths to engage with Judaism and Israel and build new foundations of understanding and cooperation.
The Institute comprises four independent but interrelated divisions:
In 1971, Rabbi Professor David Hartman bid farewell to his congregation in Montreal and, along with his wife Bobbi and their five children, made aliya to Israel.
Congregants from Rabbi Hartman’s synagogue recall their young rabbi speaking of his vision to establish an institute in Israel, a place where Judaic studies scholars would address the critical contemporary challenges facing the Jewish people.
Rabbi Hartman’s new home in Jerusalem quickly became a beit midrash for young scholars who were attracted to Rabbi Hartman’s unique philosophy. By 1976, the rapidly growing group moved to a local synagogue, and the Shalom Hartman Institute was born - named for the memory of Rabbi Hartman’s father.
Over the next two decades, Shalom Hartman Institute expanded with astonishing speed. Rabbi Hartman’s original students became distinguished scholars in leading universities, introducing the Institute’s approach into Israeli society and establishing strong ties between the Institute and prominent thinkers abroad
After several changes of location to accommodate its ever-increasing range of activities, the Institute was in need of a permanent home. Teddy Kollek, former mayor of Jerusalem and a longstanding supporter of Rabbi Hartman, offered the Institute a large parcel of land within the city’s prestigious "Cultural Mile." Completed in 1996, the Institute’s campus is an architectural jewel in the heart of Jerusalem, a landmark of Jewish scholarship.
David Hartman (1931-2013)
SHI Founder David Hartman passed away in February, 2013. View a special section of the Institute website about Rabbi David Hartman.
Shalom Hartman Institute
11 Gedalyahu Alon St.
Jerusalem 93113 Israel
T: +972 2 567 5320
F: +972 2 561 1913
Click here to email Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. Directions to the Institute's Jerusalem campus are available here.
Shalom Hartman Institute of North America
One Pennsylvania Plaza
New York, NY 10119
T: 212 268 0300
F: 212 239 4550
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Canadian Friends of Shalom Hartman Institute
8888 Blvd Pie IX
Montreal, QC H1Z4J5
Israel-based activity is carried out by the Shalom Hartman Institute community interest company. North America-based activity is carried out by the independent Shalom Hartman Institute of North America legal and financial entity.