2012 RTS participants pose at Israeli Knesset after special private meetings with Knesset members.
A Living Covenant: Confronting and Rethinking the Teachings of David Hartman
July 1 -11, 2013
See below for more information on our track for senior educators, answers to frequently asked questions about RTS, and accommodations in Jerusalem.
Every summer, rabbis from across North America gather at our Jerusalem campus for intense and energizing days of learning together. The 2013 Rabbinic Torah Study Seminar will focus on the philosophy, theology and vision of Rabbi Professor David Hartman, z”l. We will explore the ways in which Rabbi Hartman’s teachings have enabled, empowered, and shaped modern Jewish thought and life.
The guiding principle of David’s work was to explore and develop new ways in which our 3000-year-old tradition can engage with modern Jewish life and develop new ideas and thinking which are relevant, pluralistic and inspiring. This week-long intensive study seminar, featuring the leading faculty of the Shalom Hartman Institute, will examine and grapple with the big questions that emerge from David Hartman’s writings and teachings:
What is the role of autonomy, creativity and innovation in traditional Judaism?
- What is the relationship between Jewish law and the individual conscience?
- How do we cultivate a spirit of open-mindedness and pluralism?
- What is the theological meaning and consequence of the Modern State of Israel?
- How does God shape our moral and political consciousness?
- What are the key paradigms for understanding modern Jewish identity?
Join us for an unforgettable journey of study and discovery as we embrace Rabbi David Hartman’s charge to continually struggle with the Jewish tradition and ask what it means to be part of “A Living Covenant.”
These and other questions will anchor our study program this summer. Each week of the program will also include elective courses taught by Hartman Institute and visiting faculty and encounters with major figures in Israeli life. There will also be one full-day excursion during the seminar.
Senior Educators Track
This year, the Hartman Institute will offer a special high-level Senior Educators Track during our RTS. The program is open to a limited number of senior Jewish studies educators. Educators will join the rabbis for the majority of the seminar. In addition, there will be Senior Educators Track discussion groups and special programming, addressing the speciﬁc professional and personal needs of educators.
Senior educators in Jewish day schools, synagogues, and adult education settings who hold an MA in Jewish Studies or its equivalent are eligible to apply for the RTS Educators Track through the RTS registration form. Please indicate in the comments section that you would like to be considered for the Educators Track and include your educational background.
Click here for answers to frequently asked questions about RTS.
Information on payment
The seminar fee is $750, which includes: all lectures, programs and study materials, a one-day trip, lunches, some dinners, and opening and closing festive meals.
Please note reduced rates for:
- Retired Rabbis: $650
- Rabbinical Students: $450
- Israeli Rabbis and rabbinical students: $250, if paid by Israeli credit card will be charges in shekels according the current exchange rate)
If you cancel more than one week before the event, we will refund your registration fee. Please note that we will deduct an 8 percent administrative fee for any refunds made to your credit card. Refunds by check will incur a 3 percent administrative fee.
If you cancel the week before the event, we will refund all but $50 of the amount you paid for each registration.
Registration and payment deadline is June 1, 2013.
Click here for information about accommodations for your stay in Jerusalem.