Citywide iEngage Programs and Institutional Partnerships
iEngage has become the premier educational program on Israel engagement in North America, reaching tens of thousands of constituents within the Jewish community.
iEngage programs are often developed and presented in partnership with other organizations both local and national, including synagogues, Hillels, JCCs, major institutions, national conferences, and local boards of rabbis.
Multi-denominational citywide iEngage study partnerships, run with local agencies and Federations across North America, draw participants from across the region. Hartman iEngage scholars present public lectures and train rabbis and other educational leaders to facilitate further exploration of these important ideas in their communities.
iEngage Video Lecture Series (VLS) has been taught by hundreds of rabbis and educators in dozens of synagogues and Jewish communal organizations around North America.
Through a long and valued partnership with UJA-Federation of New York, SHI North America disseminates iEngage video lecture series to nearly 100 congregations in the New York area annually. In addition, SHI North America created and led a cohort of community rabbis in shared study, dialogue, and consensus-building.
“UJA is proud to be a major funder of this lecture series, and to be partnering with the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. Beyond this important program, the Hartman Institute does so much important work in strengthening Jewish life and enriching the public conversation.” -ErIc S. Goldstein, CEO, UJA-Federation of New York
Manhattan Collaborative Lecture Series
More than 1,500 members of the Manhattan community came together for a series of six public lectures on “Jewish values and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict” sponsored by 16 synagogues and organizations from across the denominational spectrum. Rabbis of the participating synagogues joined the Hartman lecturers in dedicated seminars to explore the topic more deeply and to discuss how to curate this conversation in their local communities.
“This program was at a very high level of learning – something not found everywhere. Perspectives were not typical for what is heard here in New York City or in the US. I loved the theme and the idea that all of us were together – across New York City, across the denominational spectrum – to learn.” – Manhattan Collaborative Lecture SerIes Participant, Spring 2016
iEngage in the Five Towns (Nassau County)
More than 300 participants attended a multidenominational community series on Long Island with Conservative and Orthodox synagogue partners on “Engaging Israel: Foundations for a New Relationship.” The series, taught by six partner rabbis, began with an opening session by SHI North America Director of Leadership education Dr. Elana Stein Hain on “The Ethics of Polarization.”
“iEngage became more than developing new thinking about the centrality Israel has in our lives; it might have transformed the way our community interacts with our heterogeneous members.” – Five Towns Collaborative Participant, Fall 2015
Brooklyn Collaborative Lecture Series
In partnership with 12 Brooklyn organizations, SHI North America developed a three-part “Images of Israel” series that launched in conjunction with the This Place exhibit at the Brooklyn museum. The exhibition featured photographs of modern Israel curated and exhibited by photographer Fredric Brenner. The series included a pre-lecture seminar with the professional leaders of the sponsoring organizations.
Los Angeles iEngage Conference
The second Los Angeles iEngage Conference, held at UCLA Hillel in Spring 2016, brought together Jewish professionals and lay leaders from diverse institutions for a full day of exploring Jewish values and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Sessions featured Hartman faculty including Rabbi Sharon Brous, Chaya Gilboa, Yossi Klein Halevi, Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller, and Rabbi Marc Wolf.