Reimagining Israel: Building Connection in Times of Uncertainty
As leaders, how do we grapple with our connection to Israel, especially in times of uncertainty? How can we help to build our vision of Israel for the next generation? Baltimore Jewish community leadership is invited to engage with Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer, President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, as he leads this thought-provoking conversation.
Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer is the President of the Shalom Hartman Institute. 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. He is the author of Shuva: The Future of the Jewish Past, which offers new thinking to contemporary Jews on navigating the tensions between history and memory; and the co-editor of The New Jewish Canon, a collection of the most significant Jewish ideas and debates of the past two generations. He is also the host of Hartman’s Identity/Crisis podcast which can be found at identitycrisispod.com.
Sue Glick Liebman lives her passion through her dedication to strengthening Jewish peoplehood, especially relationships among Jews in Israel and the Diaspora.
Sue’s formative years were instilled with Jewish values, shaped by her family’s involvement in assisting Holocaust survivors in their resettlement journey within Baltimore. This early experience profoundly influenced her commitment to Jewish values and her dedication to nurturing a vibrant Jewish community.
Her first trip to Israel was in 1966 prior to the 1967 war. She was president of the American Friends of Melitz, where she helped promote pluralistic Israel based education, chaired Baltimore’s OTZMA, a year-long peace corps program in Israel and chaired partnership communities in Israel through her involvement at The Associated.
Sue’s past leadership roles include past president of the Jewish Community Center and serving on the executive committee of the first Maccabi youth games in Baltimore. Sue has a strong desire to help people learn to love Israel and remains a dedicated advocate for partnership programs and Jewish education initiatives.