Courageous Communities

A commitment to strengthening communal cohesiveness and collaboration across the diverse spectrum of our community and supporting leadership to have the challenging conversations that matter most.

This program is designed and facilitated by the Shalom Hartman Institute in partnership with the Jewish Federation of St Louis and the Jewish Community Relations Council of St Louis. The Shalom Hartman Institute is a center of transformative thinking and teaching, addressing the major challenges facing the Jewish people and elevating the quality of Jewish life in Israel and around the world.

Courageous Communities is made possible by the Lubin-Green Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis and the Chris Jacob & Hank Webber Ideas and Culture Fund.




Opening session: November 9, 2022

The Cohorts will attend four sessions; the opening session with Yehuda Kurtzer will be held on November 9, 2022. The three additional sessions will be held in 2023, and will bring Jewish values and ideas into the heart of communal Jewish leadership.

Lay/Pro Cohort:

  • January 25 from 4:30 – 6:30 pm
  • February 22 from 4:30 – 6:30 pm
  • March 15 from 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Clergy Cohort:

  • January 26 from 12:00 – 2:00 pm
  • February 23 from 12:00 – 2:00 pm
  • March 16 from 12:00 – 2:00 pm

The Shalom Hartman Institute and through our partnership with Sh’ma: Listen!, will hold two public community lectures. More to come on these engaging and thought-provoking community conversations.

Nomination Form
Please submit up to three nominations for consideration to be part of the first Courageous Communities Cohort.

Note that the Lay/Pro cohort is limited to 20 participants and that not every nominee will be accepted.

You have been nominated to participate in the Courageous Communities Cohort.

Please fill out the below application form if you are interested in participating in this opportunity to cultivate relationships, tackle the big questions facing the Jewish community and engage in imaginative and courageous leadership.

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All sessions are required. If you are unable to attend a session, we will be unable to offer you a spot in the cohort:

  • Session 1 – November 9, 2022
  • Session 2 – January 25-26, 2023
  • Session 3 – February 22-23, 2023
  • Session 4 – March 15-16
  • Session 5 – April/May