In the aftermath of the Oct. 7 Hamas attacks and Israel’s subsequent declaration of war, North American Jewry has been forced to reevaluate its relationships with its external partners in a political arena that is rife with polarization. Many progressive Jews have found themselves in conflict between the moral obligations of standing with Jewish peoplehood and the belonging felt in spaces of social justice activism.
Join Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer in conversation as we unpack these internal dilemmas and the shifting allyship dynamics of this moment. How does Jewish tradition and moral philosophy inform our choices around allyship and solidarity? What frameworks are available to us in confronting these hard choices?
Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer is president of the Shalom Hartman Institute. Yehuda is a leading thinker and author on the meaning of Israel to American Jews, on Jewish history and Jewish memory, and on questions of leadership and change in American Jewish life.
Yehuda led the creation of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America in 2010 as a pioneering research and educational center for the leadership of the North American Jewish community, and teaches in its many platforms for rabbis, lay leaders, Jewish professionals and leaders of other faith communities. He is the co-creator of the Shalom Hartman Institute’s iEngage Project, which seeks to bridge between Israel and world Jewry through content, curriculum and cutting-edge educational programs. Additionally, he is the host of Hartman’s “Identity/Crisis” podcast, which can be found at identitycrisispod.com.
Yehuda received his doctorate in Jewish studies from Harvard University and an MA in religion from Brown University, and is an alumnus of both the Bronfman Youth and Wexner Graduate Fellowships. Previously Yehuda served as faculty member at Brandeis University, where he held the inaugural chair in Jewish communal innovation.
He is the author of “Shuva: The Future of the Jewish Past,” which offers new thinking to contemporary Jews on navigating the tensions between history and memory; and the co-editor of “The New Jewish Canon,” a collection of the most significant Jewish ideas and debates of the past two generations.+ More... - Less...
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