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In Memoriam

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Richard Kaufman z"l

In 2018, we mourned the loss of longtime friend, board member, and supporter Richard Kaufman. Dick was the first chair of American Friends of the Shalom Hartman Institute and devoted enormous resources of time and energy to supporting, sustaining, and visioning the future of the Institute. He was the CEO and President of Amstore and a supporter of the arts, interfaith dialogue, and Jewish culture.


Dick was a true visionary and leader, as well as a caring, committed member of the Hartman family. He was devoted to fostering a Judaism of meaning that would inspire Jews to engage with Jewish values and ideas. He loved to learn and visited the Institute regularly to meet and study with senior fellows. His love of learning led him to pursue doctoral studies in Jewish identity and conversion, which was his passion for the past 10 years. 


"Dick was one of the finest people I had the honor to know,” said Donniel Hartman. “His deepest commitment was to a Judaism of value and meaning which could inspire Jews to choose Judaism. Who we are, and who we have become, is in no small measure because we were all blessed to have had Dick Kaufman in our lives."


In 2017, Richard and his wife Sylvia established the Richard and Sylvia Kaufman Family David Hartman Chair, to be held by the President of the Shalom Hartman Institute, with a gift of $2.5 million.  We are grateful for his significant contributions and the ongoing friendship of his wife, Sylvia.


Moshe Nachman z"l

This year we lost Moshe Nachman, a longtime, beloved friend and employee of the Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. Moshe served as a dedicated member of the operations team since 2001. Moshe’s warm presence made the Institute feel like home for his colleagues and all those who passed through the Institute’s doors. He is missed.

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