S.F.’s Hartman Institute Helping Community to Evolve

This piece was first published in JWeekly.

Yehuda Kurtzer, president of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, leads a roundtable discussion for Jewish professionals at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in 2013.

Yehuda Kurtzer, president of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, leads a roundtable discussion for Jewish professionals at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in 2013.

Chances are that on any given day, there is a Shalom Hartman Institute Jewish educational program going on somewhere in the Bay Area.

It could be a small gathering of community leaders meeting at a private home to study Jewish text, or a study session for local rabbis.  Or it could be a Jewish organization’s leaders sitting in the boardroom, exploring major Jewish questions with a Hartman scholar.

Founded in 1976 by American-born Rabbi David Hartman (who died last year), the Shalom Hartman Institute is a pluralistic research, leadership and educational center based in Jerusalem.

Five years ago, the institute established a North American headquarters in New York. In September 2011, it opened an S.F.-based office, headed by Bernie Steinberg, the first vice president  for the West Coast for the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, now working as a Hartman scholar.

In the past several years, the Bay Area has become a major center for the institute.

The aim: To inspire transformative thinking about big Jewish ideas and major questions facing Jews today. The institute works directly with area community leaders, both spiritual and institutional, as the agents of change.

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© 2014 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

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