Born of compelling ideas, Judaism’s future rests on its ability to continually generate new thinking grounded in a rich past, while remaining relevant to contemporary life, in order to provide meaningful responses to the existential questions facing Jews in Israel and around the world.
Producing such thinking is the mission of the Center Research Fellows. The Fellows are drawn from the faculties of Israel’s leading institutes of advanced education, and come to the Center for intensive year-round work.
Their research and publications develop new directions in Jewish thought, original interpretations of classic Jewish concepts and ideas, and innovative responses to the challenges facing Judaism and the Jewish people in light of the rebirth of the State of Israel.
Some research teams operate in Israel, others in North America, and several topics are researched and developed by joint teams comprising scholars from both Hartman Institute centers.
Israel Research Teams 2016-2017
Jewish Law and the Family
Understanding contemporary challenges of personal relationships from a halakhic perspective.
Identity & Education
Exploring key questions related to contemporary Jewish identity and the challenges facing the Jewish people in Israel and around the world.
Human Rights and Judaism
Arabs and Jews in Israel
Halakha and the World
Otherness and Exceptionalism ^
North America Research Teams 2016-2017
Created Equal: Men, Women and the Ethics of Shared Leadership
Mining Jewish tradition for discussions about the ethics and politics of leadership, with a focus on parity between women and men, to develop a 21st century theory of ethical leadership.
Joint Research Team 2016-2017
iEngage: The Engaging Israel Project
Creating a new narrative regarding the significance of Israel for Jewish life.