The Avi Schaefer Fund was very pleased to collaborate with the Shalom Hartman Institute on a pilot program this past June: The ASF Track at the Hartman Community Leadership Program in Jerusalem, Israel. The week-long retreat brought together a select group of diverse young American Jewish leaders to engage with one another, leading Hartman scholars, Israeli peers and other key figures.
The program, 1917, 1947, 1967: The Legacy of the Past and the Future of Modern Israel, focused on the anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, UN Partition Plan and the Six-Day War, exploring the implications and consequences of these landmark events for Israel and Jews around the world.
Our goal was to provide our cohort with the opportunity to explore and develop tools to navigate and transcend the increasingly polarized community and world in which we find ourselves. The week of learning together included both lectures, small study seminars with brilliant Hartman faculty raising many difficult issues as well as ASF facilitated workshops which focused on confronting competing narratives and holding difficult to have conversations.
We thank the inaugural cohort of inspiring leaders for spending a week of their time with us and the Shalom Hartman Institute for their partnership and thought-leadership.