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Torah Jews in America - Political Ideas for the Future

Evening Lecture Series | New York City | May 18 | June 12 | July 26

Torah Jews have much at stake—and much to offer—in some of the crucial public policy debates in modern American society. This evening seminar series, sponsored by The Tikvah Fund, will explore three crucial political issues that matter to American Jews, and will discuss new ideas for advancing the interests and values of Torah Jews in the American public square.

Each program will take place from 6:30PM to 8:30PM at the Tikvah Center in New York, 165 East 56th Street, New York, NY 10022. For more information, please email be@tikvahfund.org.


Wednesday, July 26, 2017 — Left, Right, and the Defense of Israel

Pro-Israel advocacy has long been a bi-partisan issue in American politics—and a multi-denominational issue in the American Jewish community. Yet the nature of the Israel question in America seems to be changing, as witnessed in recent debates over the Iran nuclear deal and various anti-Israel efforts at the United Nations. How do the political left and the political right in America understand the meaning of Israel? Which specific policies are most important for strengthening American support for Israel in the current era? And what are the different views within the Orthodox community—and within the wider American Jewish community—about the meaning of Israel? Michael Doran of the Hudson Institute, one of the nation’s leading experts on Israel policy, and Eric Cohen of the Tikvah Fund, will explore the new politics of Israel in America.  Register by July 20.

Registration for this event is closed.


Each program will take place from 6:30PM to 8:30PM at the Tikvah Center in New York, 165 East 56th Street, New York, NY 10022. For more information, please email be@tikvahfund.org.



Thursday, May 18, 2017 — School Choice and the Jews

Religious schools around the country—Jewish and otherwise—play a crucial role in the moral and civic life of American society. Many of these schools are also struggling to survive financially in an age of rising costs. Could various “school choice” programs that provide public funding for religious education—such as vouchers, education tax credits, and education savings accounts—make a major difference in strengthening the future of religious schools in America? What is at stake for the Torah community in America’s national and state-level school choice debates? And what role could Jewish leaders and communities play in the education policy arena? Thomas Carroll, one of the leaders in the New York State debate over school choice, and Jason Bedrick, a national expert on education policy and leader in the Jewish community, will guide us through the current debate, and why it matters for the Jews.


Monday, June 12, 2017 — The Future of Religious Liberty

Religious liberty is now on trial in America, both in legislative debates at the state and federal level and in myriad court cases now working their way through the judicial system. In short: Will American society continue to respect the religious freedom of traditional communities? Will the moral teachings and ritual practices of Orthodox schools and synagogues get marginalized or even restricted? And what can Jewish leaders and activists do to help protect and preserve religious freedom in America? Ryan Anderson of the Heritage Foundation will provide a general overview of the religious freedom issue in America today, and Professor Daniel Mark of the U.S. Commission on Religious Freedom will explore the unique challenges faced by the Orthodox Jewish community. Click here to watch the full video of the event.