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HaMifgash
-Noun: meeting, gathering, conversation; encounter

HaMifgash (The Gathering) is an educational foundation, formed to promote what the Jewish philosopher Franz Rosenzweig called "new learning": the study of Jewish tradition linked to contemporary experience. The Mifgash sponsors web sites, study weekends, conferences, film and video making and interfaith dialogue.

David E. Purpel, who passed away on April 19th, was a friend and mentor to so many participants in HaMifgash. Continue.

Mifgash participants come from varied professions and worldviews within the religious and secular worlds. Each of us is interested to learn more about Jewish thinking and apply its lessons to our lives.

Some of us are educators. Whether or not we teach Jewish subjects, we come together to study Jewish ways of learning, teaching and "doing knowledge" in order to bring those methods to our work.

Some of us are activists. Through the JewsOnFirst.org website, we report on religious freedom and diversity stories in the USA and beyond, with special attention to the First Amendment.

Some of us are storytellers. Through our documentary films and one-on-one interviews, we report on Jewish communities around the world, contemporary thinkers and even people whose activities we regard as anti-Jewish, in order to best understand their points of view.

Some of us only get together for one long weekend out of the year. We share teachings from the Jewish tradition and discuss current books and films about Jewish history and timely issues. We talk about how to apply what we learn. We celebrate Shabbat together. We share personal histories and make friends.

HaMifgash is always developing new ways to share what we learn. Please check back with us again to see our newest videos and publications.