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archives from past herzceg seminars

The International Council of Jewish Women held its quadrennial Herczeg Jerusalem Seminar for Jewish Education on May 5-8, 2013, at the Jerusalem Gardens Hotel in Jerusalem. Women from all over the world attended, including representatives of many of ICJW's worldwide affiliates.

The Seminar theme was: “Judaism as a Universal Language – Jewish Perspectives on Contemporary Issues”. The speakers and participants examined Jewish sources on many issues currently on the international and local agenda, and the relevancy of the Jewish perspective to those issues.

Synopses of the main sessions of the 2013 Seminar can be downloaded here in PDF format:

·          Introduction to the Program  – Rina Cohen, Co-Chair

·          The Message of Judaism  - Prof. Binyamin Ish-Shalom

·         The Language of Judaism - Dr. Liora Weinbach

·          Jewish Responses to “The Other”  - Avital Hochstein

·          Protecting the Rights of Women in Judaism - 
Professor Ruth Halperin-Kaddari

·         An Interfaith Perspective on Contemporary Social Issues - Panel chaired by Dr. Debbie Weissman with panelists Sister Gemma Del Duca and Hanan Abu Dalu

·        "Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself" - Introduction to Megillat Ruth by Edna Friedman

·         Social Justice from Jewish Perspectives – Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem, Naomi Tzur

·          Strategies for Bringing the Message Home  – Evelyne Savir

·         A Woman’s Voice in Judaism: Between Authenticity and Tradition - Dr. Ronit Irshai

Click here for the Seminar Program (PDF )      





2009 Herzceg Jerusalem Education Seminar

The last Herzceg Jerusalem Education Seminar took place in May 2009 at the Ramat Rachel Hotel in Jerusalem, with the theme "Time and Place: Profound Philosophical Concepts in Judaism". Among the speakers were Rabbi Dr. Benny Lau, Dr. Aliza Lavie, Adv. Talia Livne, Dr. Tova Hartman, and other prominent Israeli academics.