The Shalom Hartman Institute has recently launched iEngage – The Engaging Israel Project, a research and leadership center, whose iEngage website aims to be a web-based multimedia resource center for the distribution of the project’s growing corpus of materials, articles, adult education curricula and video lectures. The project’s goal is to encourage Jews to re-examine core questions connected to the Jewish State to re-define the relationship between the two communities.
In 2010, The Hartman Institute officially launched the project with a nine-part DVD series on the "critical questions facing world Jewry with regard to Israel” aimed at congregational rabbis, educators and community leaders.
The Engaging Israel video lecture series will be taught by local rabbis and educators in dozens of synagogues and other Jewish communal organizations around North America during the 2011-2012 academic year.
The Engaging Israel: Foundations for a New Relationship video lecture series includes the following components:
- Nine video lectures and dialogues on DVD and USB card - Each DVD includes a 25-minute lecture by Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman, followed by a 25-minute dialogue between Rabbi Hartman and members of the Engaging Israel Research Team or other subject-matter experts. The dialogues explore some of the complexities of the issues raised in the lectures.
- Source Book - The source book includes all of the textual sources that are referred to in the lectures, additional relevant sources and background readings to enrich each class.
- Interactive Hevruta Training Course for the leader on USB card - The Training Course includes video explanations by Rabbi Donniel Hartman for each of the 151 texts in the source book, highlighting the particular relevance of that text to the unit in which it is placed.
- Leader’s Guide - This booklet includes suggested questions for guiding hevruta study and group discussion, and other suggestions on how to structure and teach the course.