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An Evening with Dr. Eilon Schwartz 6:15-7:45 pm
May 8, 2016 @ 6:15 am - 7:45 pm
An Evening with Shaharit‘s
Dr. Eilon Schwartz
Haredi, Religious and Secular, Jews and Arabs, Sephardim and Ashkenazim:
An Unlikely Coalition Re-imagining Israel’s Future
Sunday, May 8 6:15-7:45 PM @ CBI
Shaharit: Creating Common Cause was founded in 2012 as a movement to make Israel a society that every ethnic and social group can call home. In the face of a social and political culture that demonizes the “Other” and embraces separatism,Shaharit recognizes that our diversity is our greatest national asset and most profound source of strength. As a young country that faces many existential threats, both internal and external, Israel’s future depends on our ability to forge the type of society that Shaharit envisions—one that that effectively addresses the needs of all its members, fosters a sense of common purpose and destiny, and creates a transformative leadership to guide us to those goals.
Shaharit argues that the most morally compelling and politically viable future is one of a coalition between those in each of Israel’s sociological “tribes” that recognize the need to build a future together. From the multiple spheres of meaning of each “tribe”, often seemingly incommensurate, emerges the possibility of a politics of the common good. Surprisingly, under the radar screen, it is already happening. Beyond the poisonous debate about Israel in the public square, a moment of hope and beauty to celebrate the miracle of Israel – yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Dr. Eilon Schwartz is the Founding Director of Shaharit: The Think Tank for The Common Good. Shaharitbrings together a wide spectrum of Israelis from its many communities, together articulating and advocating for ideas and policies in which all may flourish. Eilon is also a faculty member and award-winning teacher of the Melton Centre for Jewish Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he teaches advanced degree courses in cultural criticism, religious and liberal identity, and educational theory and practice, and has written numerous academic and popular articles on similar subjects. His book, Living in the World, about the contemporary debate on human nature and its implications for political and educational theory was published in 2010, and is soon to be published in Hebrew. He until recently served as the Founding and Executive Director of The Heschel Center, the leading leadership and capacity building organization in Israel for a sustainable future. Eilon served on the boards of numerous organizations, including a tenure as the chairman of the umbrella organization of over one hundred Israeli social-environmental NGOs. He spent a year as a Visiting Professor at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies.
Eilon holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia University, Magna Cum Laude and a Bachelor’s Degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He completed his doctorate in Educational Philosophy at the Hebrew University. He lives in Tel Aviv with his wife and three children.