Teaching Israel: Peer Israel Education Program for Israel Program Alumni

What is Teaching Israel?

The main objective of this interactive program is to provide participants with best practices and tools for presenting and teaching Israel. This includes helping them grapple with complex realities, find work as Israel educators, and keep them involved in our Movement's congregations and organizations. 


Each participant will be expected to work on and present a final project in the area of Israel Education. Topics will be decided on between the students and the course instructors and facilitators. The idea is to present a teaching of an aspect of Israel to a designated target audience.

Program Goals

Together, ARZA, the URJ/NFTY and the Center for Israel Education (CIE) want to help you build on your Israel experience by:

       ~expanding your knowledge about modern Israel

       ~developing teaching skills in order to become an Israel Educator and teach others in the Jewish community

       ~providing participants with the best practices and tools for presenting and teaching Israel while grappling with complex realities

       ~giving you an opportunity to continue learning with your peers and friends from your Israel experience

Participants who successfully complete the program will earn a certificate of completion from ARZA. The program and the certificate will be a benefit to those who wish to take on leadership roles in the Jewish community, both in high school and beyond.

Course Instruction

The seminar and individual sessions will be led by highly experienced staff members from The Center for Israel Education (CIE) and will include Eli Sperling, Richard Walter, and Professor Ken Stein – in close collaboration with Rabbi Josh Weinberg of ARZA, and the faculty of NFTY-EIE. 
(You can learn more about CIE, their experience teaching Israel and their staff here:



The cost of participation is $360 - which covers the course, as well as registration for the first in-person meeting with the Northeast Teen Collective. 

Program Dates

The following are the program dates for the 2017-2018 cohort:

1. September 15-17, 2017 Course Kickoff with an IN-PERSON Shabbat at URJ Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, MA. We will participate in the Northeast Teen Exchange with our own separate track.

2. October 18, 2017 Webinar

3. November 1, 2017 Webinar

4. November 15, 2017 Webinar

5. URJ Biennial Convention--December 6-10, 2017 IN-PERSON

6. December 20, 2017 Webinar

7. January 10, 2018 Webinar

8. January 24, 2018 Webinar


Please contact ARZA Director of Program and Engagement Peri Smilow at with questions.