The first conference of this type was held in Jerusalem in November 2013 at Mishkenot Sha´ananim
Subsequent public conferences, held in London, have included ‘Brain Death in Halacha’ and ‘Women in Halacha’.
One of the great problems of Israeli society is the gulf between religious and secular Jews. The Montefiore Endowment enabled me to demonstrate the intellectual rigour, sensitivity and relevance of our religion to groups of very bright young secular Israelis and to leave them with a more positive approach to their heritage and an eagerness to learn more.
Rabbi Gideon Sylvester
Fourteen élite post-graduate students from English-speaking universities were enrolled for the first course held in Mishkenot Sh´ananim, Jerusalem, which lasted for ten days. The participants received special training in community leadership; and as the Course focussed on study, inspiration and personal example, they were exposed to a variety of outstanding religious and secular personalities from Israel and beyond.
It is hoped to repeat the course in subsequent years, with cumulative benefit to English-speaking Jewish communities throughout the world.