Community Leadership Program

The Community Leadership Program (CLP) is Shalom Hartman Institute’s annual summer program in Jerusalem for a diverse group of lay leaders from across North America. 

Participants join senior Shalom Hartman Institute scholars and faculty at the Institute to explore foundational Jewish ideas and central dilemmas of contemporary Jewish life.

This intensive week-long, text-based study seminar features leading scholars in Bible, Talmud, Jewish philosophy and theology, history, and mysticism. Each summer has a theme from Jewish tradition around which texts and ideas are arranged.

The study seminar attracts a wide range of adult learners – synagogue board members, Federation lay leaders, and activists in Jewish organizations – interested in a week of pluralistic, open-minded, intellectually rigorous Jewish study.

The program strengthens and expands the intellectual horizons of community leaders, enabling them to respond more meaningfully to the contemporary issues and challenges facing Jewish life.

Summer 2020

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, our summer program in Jerusalem was canceled for 2020. Instead, from June 29 to July 23, 2020 we are offering All Together Now: Jewish Ideas for the Moment, a free, virtual celebration of Jewish ideas where over 50 of our top scholars from Israel and North America will address questions of citizenship, moral responsibilities and spiritual sustenance in a time of darkness and loss. 

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Contact Us
Questions about our Summer Community Leadership Program? Please contact Jordanna Amsel