Peoplehood and Its Role and Significance in Jewish Life

In this 9-part video lecture series, senior Hartman Institute faculty members delve into the idea of Jewish Peoplehood - its complex origins, its implications and how it might be sustained. 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.

As the meanings and implications of Jewish Peoplehood have a direct impact on nearly all of the central questions and tensions of Judaism and modern life, anxiety about a dwindling sense of Peoplehood is increasingly defining the agenda for Israeli agencies and Jewish institutions and federations worldwide.

This video lecture series presents a broad and deep analysis of some of the tensions that Peoplehood raises in classical Jewish tradition and contemporary Jewish thought and life including: 

  • The Meaning and Significance of Peoplehood in Jewish Life: SHI President Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman
  • Genesis and Exodus: Two Models of Jewish Peoplehood: SHI President Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman
  • The Emergence of Jewish Peoplehood from the Biblical Perspective:Senior SHI Fellow Prof. Israel Knohl
  • Prioritizing Peoplehood:  A Reading of the Book of Jonah: Senior SHI Fellow Dr. Micah Goodman
  • The Individual and the Collective: SHI-North America President Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer 
  • The Poetics of Peoplehood - Presented by Senior SHI Fellow Dr. Melila Hellner-Eshed
  • Peoplehood and the Centrality of Place– Presented by SHI-NA President Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer 
  • Jewish Peoplehood and the Possibilities of Modernity: Mordechai Kaplan and Martin Buber – Presented by Vice President Shalom Hartman Institute of North America and Director of Rabbinic Leadership Programs Rabbi Dr. Rachel Shabat Beit-Halachmi
  • Core Principles of Jewish Peoplehood - Presented by SHI President Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman 

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The 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.

The Peoplehood Video Lecture Series includes:

  • Nine curricular units containing video lectures on DVD and USB
  • Source Book: Including all texts referenced in the lectures, plus additional supplementary sources and recommended background readings. The package includes one book for the leader; additional books for participants may be purchased for $20 each including shipping.
  • Leader’s Guide: Lecture summaries, suggested questions for guiding hevruta study and group discussion, supplementary source descriptions, and advice on structuring and teaching the course.

Price: $500 including shipping.

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