A decade ago, the field of Israel education didn’t really exist in the United States.
A 2003 study found that when it came to teaching about Modern Israel in schools, camps, synagogues and youth groups, there was no conceptual framework, no standards of practice, no professional development, and educators felt unequipped to handle the material.
Newly launched iCenter starts teen internship and works to improve Israel education for the k-12 set.
Special To The Jewish Week
Hundreds of millions of dollars have been allocated to encourage young Jewish adults to participate in a free, 10-day Israel experience. Now, attention is being paid to the pre-Birthright set: teens who visit Israel as part of a day school, camping or youth group trip.
This fall, the iCenter — an organization begun three years ago that sees itself as the national address for k-12 Israel education — will launch the MZ Teen Israel Internship, a national leadership program for American Jewish teens returning from summer Israel experiences.
The evidence is growing that we may be fighting the wrong battle in the struggle to support Israel these days.
Editor And Publisher
The situation is grim, if not alarming: Jerusalem is increasingly on the defensive diplomatically, faced with a United Nations vote for a Palestinian state in September, and a range of outside efforts aimed at undermining the legitimacy of the Jewish State, from boycotts to flotillas. What’s more, there is concern that the circle-the-wagon response in Jerusalem to these threats can lead to more problems; witness the recent passage of anti-boycott resolution in the Knesset that has been widely criticized as undemocratic, even among mainstream Jewish organizations.