The Shalom Hartman Institute (SHI) is a center of transformative thinking and teaching that addresses the major challenges facing the Jewish people and elevates the quality of Jewish life in Israel and around the world. A leader in sophisticated, ideas-based Jewish education for community leaders and change agents, SHI is committed to the significance of Jewish ideas, the power of applied scholarship, and the conviction that great teaching contributes to the growth and continual revitalization of the Jewish people.
The Institute consists of three independent but interrelated divisions: The Kogod Research Center for Contemporary Jewish Thought, our “think tank” that generates ideas and research on contemporary issues of central to Jewish life in Israel and around the world; The Center for Israeli-Jewish Identity, housing an array of programs bringing about a transformation in the secular and religious Israeli educational system and with senior officers in the Israel Defense Forces; and the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America (SHI-NA), which guides, oversees, and implements Hartman research, educational programming, and curricula to North American Jewry.
The Institute is comprised of three centers—two of which operate in Israel and one that operates in North America—that enjoy reciprocal relationships.
Kogod Research Center for Contemporary Jewish Thought
The Kogod Research Center for Contemporary Jewish Thought is a multi-denominational and independent think tank that draws on 3,000 years of Jewish intellectual thought to develop new ideas that shape and enrich modern Jewish life. Click here to learn more about the programs and the people of Kogod Research Center for Contemporary Jewish Thought.
Center for Israeli-Jewish Identity
The Center for Israeli-Jewish Identity develops innovative educational initiatives and leaders reshaping Israeli-Jewish identity and laying new foundations for religious pluralism in Israel. Click here to learn more about the programs and the people of the Center for Israeli-Jewish Identity.
Shalom Hartman Institute of North America
Shalom Hartman Institute of North America enriches the resources, vision and commitment of leaders and change agents who will shape the future of Jewish life in North America and set the agendas of its educational, religious and community institutions. Click here to learn more about the programs and the people of Shalom Hartman Institute of North America.
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.
Rabbi Professor David Hartman (L) and former Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek
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 memorial page of articles and essays about Rabbi David Hartman.
Shalom Hartman Institute
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
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.