10 2021

“Judaism, Citizenship, and Democracy” with Yehuda Kurtzer

Jewish tradition considers how inhabitants of a jurisdiction become citizens, with rights to earn and obligations to discharge. Join Yehuda Kurtzer as he explores the responsibilities of citizenship and the calculus through which we understand both the burdens and the privileges of belonging.

Kurtzer is the President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. 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.

Kurtzer 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