Director: Shulamit Laron
The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute undertakes activity for the general public in order to stimulate and encourage interdisciplinary, intercultural, and pluralistic discussion of current issues in Israeli society and the Jewish world and also of key issues concerning modern society and culture in general. The annual program is broad and varied, touching on the areas of the Institute’s activity—issues in a civil and democratic society, Jewish thought and identity, Mediterranean cultures, and the universal topics of culture and society. The broad spectrum of public activity includes conferences, local and international workshops, symposia, lectures, and discussion groups. The participants include academics in the humanities and the social and natural sciences, politicians and public figures, intellectuals, writers, and journalists. The events are open to the public free of charge and are aimed at a variety of population groups in Israel.