Aiming to elevate the existing discourse to one rooted in Jewish values and ideas, these classes and lectures will offer an opportunity to delve into the central questions Israel poses for American Jews today.

Memory is a central element in defining modern Jewish identity. Through the consideration of major historic moments, this series grapples with the different ideas and values that shape the meaning of modern Israel, Zionism, and Jewish identity today.

Members receive priority but we do our best to get everyone in. Non-members can sign up for the waitlist. This series is free for Members. 

The Many Possibilities of Israel
November 15
w/ Guest Lecturer Rani Jaeger

The Idea of a Jewish Homeland: Balfour at 100
December 7
w/ Joshua Ladon                        

The Six Day War: God, Power, Land
January 24
w/ Joshua Ladon                        

Anxiety, Euphoria and Concern: Poetic Voices of Israel 1967-1970
February 8
w/ Guest Lecturer Rachel Korazim

Justice vs Compromise
February 21
w/ Joshua Ladon                        

Jerusalem of Responsibility, Hope and Loss
March 15
w/ Guest Lecturer Chaya Gilboa

Judea and Samaria: Occupation or Liberation
March 28
w/ Joshua Ladon                       

Living with Competing Values
May 15
w/ Joshua Ladon             


Classes will be held
from 7-9 PM. Location
provided upon RSVP. 


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Chaya Gilboa is Program Director of the Hartman Institute-Hebrew College Hevruta Gap Year-Pre-Army Program for North American and Israeli high school graduates. Prior to joining Hevruta, she was scholar-in-residence at Paideia: The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden, where she developed the innovative Experiential European Jewish Educators Program and held seminars and workshops on Jewish education. Chaya also has served as a Jewish Agency Shlicha to Russia and Ukraine, directed Israel programs at the UC Berkley Hillel, worked as an instructor at ALMA College, and co-founded and directed Zirey Kayitz (‘Summer Seeds”). She served as an Israeli government policy intern, strategizing and developing world Jewry and Jewish identity policy for MK Tzipi Livni. She has a BA in Jewish Philosophy and History from Ben Gurion University and an MA in Public Policy from the Hebrew University. Her thesis entitled, “The Haredi Women of Startup Nation,” focuses on the religion-state relationship.

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Rabbi Joshua Ladon is Bay Area Manager for the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, where he oversees all programmatic activity in the San Francisco Bay area.  Joshua received a BA from Washington University in St. Louis and subsequently lived in Jerusalem for seven years, completing an MA in Jewish Thought at Tel Aviv University. He received rabbinic ordination from the Shalom Hartman Institute. He is currently a Doctoral student in Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. Joshua joined SHI North America from San Francisco's Jewish Community High School of the Bay, where he served as Dean of Student Life and Jewish Life with great distinction, including receiving the Diller Award for outstanding teaching.


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Rachel Korazim is a Jewish education consultant specializing in curriculum development for Israel and Holocaust education. Until 2008 she was the Academic Director of distance learning programs at the Jewish Agency's Department of Education. Born in Israel, she served as an IDF officer in the central training base for women and was later a member of the IDF delegation to Niger (West Africa). She is a graduate of Haifa University with a Ph.D. in Jewish education. Dr. Korazim has vast experience in Jewish education in Israel, the US, Canada, Latin America, and Europe. She is a founder of a special program for soldiers from disadvantaged backgrounds. She is involved with Jewish education worldwide. Since 1990, she has invested time and energy in helping emerging Jewish schools of Hungary.


Rani Jaeger is a research fellow and faculty member at the Shalom Hartman Institute. Rani is pursuing his doctorate at Bar-Ilan University in the Interdisciplinary Program of Culture and Hermeneutics. Rani teaches at Tel Aviv University and is one of the founders of Beit Tefilah Israeli, a secular synagogue in the heart of Tel Aviv. He spent a year at Paeideia, the European Institute of Jewish Studies in Stockholm was scholar in residence.

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The Hartman Jewish Leadership Project: Transformative Education for Change Agents and Institutions in the San Francisco Bay Area is made possible through generous funding from the Koret Foundation.