|February 10, 2013 -- New York -- AJC, the global Jewish advocacy organization, mourns the passing of Rabbi David Hartman. He was 81 years old.
"Rabbi Hartman was a visionary rabbi and scholar, whose dedication to bridging the gaps of understanding among varying streams of Judaism have contributed enormously in strengthening the Jewish people," said AJC Executive Director David Harris. "AJC leadership, staff and lay, in the U.S. and Israel were honored to know and work in partnership with the Shalom Hartman Institute he founded."
AJC honored Hartman in 2003 with its prestigious Akiba Award in recognition of his exceptional contributions to the enrichment of Jewish intellectual, cultural and communal life.
Hartman, born in New York, immigrated to Israel in 1971, after serving as a congregational rabbi in the U.S. and Canada. In 1976, he founded the Shalom Hartman Institute (SHI) in Jerusalem.
AJC and SHI, jointly created the pioneering Christian Leadership Initiative (CLI), an intensive 13-month educational program that deepens understanding of Judaism, and Israel, in an effort to advance Christian-Jewish relations. CLI alumni from across the U.S., together with AJC and SHI leadership, are in Los Angeles this weekend for a study retreat.
AJC extends heartfelt condolences to Rabbi Hartman’s son, Rabbi Donniel Hartman, president of SHI and our CLI co-founder and partner, and the rest of the Hartman family.