World Jewry was once unified around the State of Israel.  Tragically, this is no longer the case. Once a force for cohesion, Israel has become a divisive force among Jews in the U.S., including in our own communities, and between Jews in the U.S. and Israel.  This puts our critical enterprise of Jewish peoplehood at great risk.


Orange County iEngage brought together the Rose Project and 11 OC congregations in partnership with the renowned Shalom Hartman Institute to develop new ways of thinking and talking to each other about Israel by confronting one of the issues that most divides us: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  Using Hartman’s cutting-edge curriculum, the initiative engaged more than 300 learners throughout the county as we discovered a new foundation for a relationship with Israel grounded in Jewish values.

By studying Jewish narratives about Israel and unpacking the complex meanings of peace in Jewish tradition, we explored the ideas and values that animate different attitudes toward the conflict and how these values shape our political understandings. Together, we elevated the discourse around Israel across denominational and generational divides while creating a context for genuine Israel engagement that has at its core a shared respect for our differences. 

Intro to iEngage -Part 1

“Talking about Israel: Foundations for a New Discourse”

Elana Stein Hain, Scholar in Residence of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America

​Intro to iEngage -Part 2

“Talking about Israel: Foundations for a New Discourse”

Elana Stein Hain, Scholar in Residence of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America

Podcast

Listen to the Feb. 26, 2019, OC iEngage lecture with Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer, President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America:

 

Together and Apart: The Future of the Israel-Diaspora Divide

 

“Catch 67: What is the Debate Over Israel Really About?”

Micah Goodman, Senior Fellow, Shalom Hartman Institute

About the Shalom Hartman Institute: The Shalom Hartman Institute is one of the leading centers of Jewish thought and education, serving Israel and world Jewry. Their mission is to strengthen Jewish peoplehood, identity and pluralism and ensure that Judaism is a compelling force for good in the 21st century.

The Rose Project of JFFS thanks the Jewish Community Foundation of Orange County and American Jewish Committee, Orange County Chapter, for their generous support for this program.