Hartman Video Lecture Series enable rabbis to bring the scholarship and resources of the Hartman Institute into their congregations, fostering high-level adult education. Combining lectures from top Institute faculty on video with in-person hevruta study facilitated by local rabbis, these series enable year-round learning on pressing issues facing the Jewish community. Each volume includes a series of 8-10 video lectures (delivered on USB and available streaming through our Hartman Online service), student sourcebooks with primary texts, recommended background readings, and a leader’s guide with helpful lecture and text summaries and discussion questions. The Hartman Institute provides ongoing support for local faculty in the form of webinars and one-on-one consultation.
Bringing the Hartman Institute’s world-renowned faculty into your community, this program enhances the knowledge and engagement of lay leaders, expanding their ability to respond to key questions facing the Jewish people and contemporary society.
Video Lecture Series Benefits
- Studying with leading scholars from Jerusalem at your convenience
- Taking your community’s agenda to a new level
- Learning what canonical Jewish texts teach about your challenges and opportunities
The Program and the Role of the Rabbi and Educator
The Video Lecture Series and accompanying curricular study materials are designed to be used by a rabbi or educator with a group of lay leaders in a weekly or monthly study program. The rabbi/educator serves as the lead teacher, utilizing the materials and lectures as best suited for his/her community, preparing the participants for the lecture by studying the texts and reading the supplementary materials in advance, either in a separate session, or in a shorter 45-minute preparatory session.
iEngage - The Tribes of Israel:
A Shared Homeland for a Divided People
What is the significance of the State of Israel as a Jewish public sphere? The focus of this series is to confront the challenge of creating a Jewish and democratic public space in the modern State of Israel – a shared common space for a people divided along tribal affiliations: religious, ideological, national and geographic. The Tribes of Israel begins a conversation to restructure the relationship between the collective and the individual "tribes" that comprise it – a relationship where tribal affiliations, convictions, and rights are balanced against collective consciousness and identity.
iEngage - Engaging Israel:
Foundations for a New Relationship
Going beyond politics and advocacy, Engaging Israel reframes the discussion about the enduring significance of the State of Israel for contemporary Jews worldwide. This curriculum elevates the conversation about Israel by rooting it in Jewish values and ideas rather than in response to crisis, equipping individuals and communities with a quintessentially Jewish values-based vocabulary to define and articulate why Israel can and should be fundamental to their Jewish identity.
Peoplehood and Its Role and Significance in Modern Jewish Life
The idea of Jewish Peoplehood – its complex origins, its implications, and how it might be sustained – is an issue of wide concern in the Jewish community today. The concept of a “Jewish collective” appears at odds with a contemporary ethos of intense individualism. Anxiety about a dwindling sense of Peoplehood increasingly defines the agenda for Israeli agencies and Jewish institutions and federations worldwide. The meanings and implications of Jewish Peoplehood impact directly on nearly all of the central questions and tensions of Judaism and modern life. In this series, Hartman faculty consider of some of the tensions that Peoplehood raises, both in classical Jewish tradition and in contemporary Jewish thought and life.
Dilemmas of Faith
In an age of radical polarization in modern society, with a rise in religious fundamentalism on the one hand and a rise of atheism on the other, how does Jewish tradition approach dilemmas of faith? In this series, Hartman scholars explore the foundational issue of faith, engaging in broad and deep analysis of some of the many dilemmas that faith in the modern world raises. Based on classical Jewish tradition and contemporary Jewish thought and life, the Dilemmas of Faith curriculum addresses the big questions raised by the intersection of faith and reason, faith and history, faith and politics, and the faith experience.