Shaharit is a thinktank, leadership incubator, and community organizing hub that promotes a new take on Israeli liberalism and its role in Israeli society.
We bring together Israelis from diverse ethnic, religious and sociological backgrounds to create a different kind of Israeli politics: what we call a politics of the common good, which begins with strong relationships and building trust, and then reaches out to other stakeholders with humility, a genuine desire to listen, and a firm belief that dialogue must transform everyone in the room.
We run dozens of programs, ranging from leadership development in Israeli Arab towns, to cutting-edge surveys of Ultra-Orthodox Jews, to community organizing in local municipalities, to our flagship “120” program that cultivates the next generation of Israeli national leaders.
Shaharit began work in the summer of 2011 to present fresh thinking on Israeli society and to offer an alternative to the current quagmire—what we call a politics of the common good. We seek to forge a politics that unites, and breaks out of the tired dichotomies that for too long have defined the Israeli politic: “a Jewish state” versus “a state of all its citizens,” “religion” and “tradition” as opposed to “liberalism,” the “security camp” opposite the “peace camp,” and “market economics” versus the “welfare state.” Our task is to articulate a new political language, to create new social networks, and to encourage new initiatives, for the benefit of all of Israel's communities, and for the benefit of Israeli society as a whole.
NEWS & EVENTS
How Do We Create a Conversation? A Special Tisha B’av Event in Jerusalem
On the eve of Tisha B'Av 5777 (2017), thousands of people from diverse communities gathered in Jerusalem's Zion Square for an inspirational evening of open and challenging conversation led by the Jerusalem Movement and Shira Banki's Way in partnership with Shaharit.
Four by 120!
On May 23rd, the “cohort of cohorts” of Shaharit’s 120 program for emerging multicultural political leaders came together for a an open and honest conversation with four influential political leaders: Avi Gabai, Moshe Feiglin, Orly Levy-Abukasis, and Rachel Azaria, during which they talked about about the leaders’ personal journeys into the political system and had a candid discussion about the nature of Israeli politics.