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Israel Center @ The J: Israeli Perspectives on American Democracy

Thu October 29 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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The Israel Center @ The J is excited to share with you Israeli Perspectives on American Democracy, a livestream panel presentation, which is part of the Hartman at Home: Judaism, Citizenship, and Democracy online learning series.

How do Israelis think about and understand American democracy? How are they processing the 2020 election? How might the outcome of the election make an impact on Israeli society? Join three Israel Hartman scholars, Dr. Tomer Persico, Dr. Masua Sagiv, and Rabbi Dr. Shraga Bar-On, as they discuss these and related questions to hear Israeli takes on this moment in American democracy.

Dr. Tomer Persico

Dr. Masua Sagiv

Dr. Masua Sagiv is a Post-Doctorate Fellow at the David Hartman Center for Intellectual Leadership at the Shalom Hartman Institute. As a fellow at the Institute, Masua deals with questions of law, nationality and religion, specifically involving Jewish peoplehood and Israeli law. In addition to her work at the Institute, Masua is the academic director of the Center for Jewish and Democratic Law at Bar Ilan university law faculty, and an adjunct lecturer at the faculty. Masua received her LL.B. (magna cum laude) in Law and Political Science from Bar Ilan University, her LL.M. (with honors) from Columbia University School of Law, N.Y. (2011), and her Ph.D. (LL.D.) from Tel-Aviv University (2019). Masua’s research areas are law and social change, religious feminism, and religion & state. She lives in Shoham with her husband Netanel and her children Tamar, Matan, Eyal and Noga.

Rabbi Dr. Shraga Bar-On

Rabbi Dr. Shraga Bar-On is Director of the David Hartman Center for Intellectual Excellence, a research fellow at the Kogod Research Center for Contemporary Jewish Thought, and a lecturer of Talmud and Jewish Thought at Shalem College. In his role as Director of the David Hartman Center, he is responsible for the advanced training of aspiring public intellectuals through the Beit Midrash for Israeli Rabbis, the David Hartman postdoctoral fellowship, and the Maskilot fellowship for women pursuing their doctorate. His research in Jewish philosophy and identity addresses a wide range of eras and topics: Second Temple literature, Mishnaic and Talmudic scholarship, medieval Jewish literature, early Zionism, and contemporary Jewish identity. His books and other works have been published in academic, popular, and educational contexts. Shraga lives in Beit Horon, is married to Vered, and has three children.

Israel Center @ The J provides individuals with opportunities to engage with Israel thoughtfully and respectfully, together as a community, and is funded by a generous grant from the D. Dan and Betty Kahn Foundation.

The opinions expressed at the Hartman at Home events do not necessarily reflect the views of the Israel Center @ The J or the Ann Arbor JCC.


Thu October 29
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm


United States