Fred Lafer, a longtime leader of several Jewish institutions, has died.
Gil Troy is a history professor at McGill University and a research fellow with the Shalom Hartman Institute’s Engaging Israel Program as well as the author of eight books, including “Leading From the Center: Why Moderates Make the Best Presidents,” “Morning in America: How Ronald Reagan Invented the 1980s,” “Hillary Rodham Clinton: Polarizing First Lady” and “Why I Am a Zionist.” Here he discusses his recently published and critically acclaimed book “Moynihan’s Moment” (Oxford University Press, $29.95).
Dr. David Hartman was one of the most respected Jewish theologians in the world. He was the founder and director of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, a frequent lecturer in the United States, and author of several widely acclaimed books, including two winners of the National Jewish Book Award.
Rabbi David Hartman has gone to his eternal rest, but not before he made a monumental contribution to Jewish life and a significant contribution to Jewish thought.
Rabbi David Hartman, one of the great Jewish philosophers of his generation and the founder of the Shalom Hartman Institute, died on Feb. 10, 2013, at 81. Hartman is considered one of the leaders of liberal Orthodoxy, and his philosophy influenced Jews both in Israel and around the world.
Over the last few years, I have spent considerable time on the inside of what is called the “innovation sector” in Jewish life, even spending two terrific and unexpected years as a professor of Jewish communal innovation at Brandeis University. Most recently, the new organization that I am leading, the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, was named in its first year of existence to the prestigious Slingshot list, which catalogs and profiles the most innovative organizations working in the Jewish community.