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Conversation is a form of prayer. This idea is the foundation of the Congregational Conversations series — to bring us together in an open and honest dialogue, to bridge our differences, and to build a stronger community.

At this critical time, we have reinstated our Congregational Conversations series to open a discussion on our relationship to Israel. We believe education and dialogue will be crucial in enabling us to meet the challenges American Jewry and Israel face in the years ahead. Join us for a series of keynotes, conversations, and seminars.

Congregational Conversations@WHC Academy


Congregational Conversations@WHC Academy: American Jews and Israel
A Three-Session Taste of the Shalom Hartman Institute’s iEngage
Mondays, April 24 - May 8
Taught by Stephanie Tankel, Director of Religious School

Join beloved educator Stephanie Tankel as she introduces us to the Shalom Hartman Institute’s iEngage program — a multimedia curriculum that affords American Jews the opportunity to study with some of the finest minds in Israel. The Hartman Institute is a pluralistic center of research and education deepening and elevating the quality of Jewish life in Israel and around the world. Rabbi Lustig is a member of its prestigious Rabbinic Leadership Institute. This three-session “taste of” iEngage will focus on three core issues, “Foundations of a New Relationship with Israel;” “A Shared Homeland for a Divided People;” and “Jewish Values and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.” This course is one facet of WHC's partnership with the Hartman Institute and will be a prelude to WHC’s launch of the full iEngage program next year.

WHC Academy costs $25 for members and $54 for non-members per semester.

Click here to learn more and register for this semester.

Past Keynotes

How do you make interfaith dialogue work? At an interfaith service, Rabbi M. Bruce Lustig, Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde, and Bruce Feiler spoke on how interfaith cooperation can transform the ongoing conversation on faith and extremism at the local and national levels.