ABOUT THE iCENTER
The iCenter envisions a world in which every Jewish child develops a lifelong relationship with Israel.
We are passionate people with dreams, interests, and beliefs. We care about Israel and Israelis. We are educators: rabbis, lay leaders, teachers, students, parents, teens, and youth.
Our work is across North America: in day schools, public high schools, summer camps, synagogues, youth groups, universities, and beyond.
Founded on these passions in 2008, The iCenter strives to transform the professional field of Israel Education. We focus on the learners, helping them develop their identities and build relationships with Israel and Israelis. We also focus on the entire system, creating a dynamic ecosystem of passionate and knowledgeable educators, rich and nuanced content, and institutions centered around their learners. With these two approaches, The iCenter continually moves Israel education to the heart of Jewish life.
Every Jewish young person develops a lifelong relationship with Israel.
To catalyze excellence in the professional field of Israel Education by supporting the development of educators, pioneering new educational approaches, and relentlessly promoting a relational and learner-centered philosophy.
what we do
We pursue our mission through three strategies:
TRAINING & ACADEMIC CREDENTIALS FOR EDUCATORS
Master’s Degree in Israel Education
is the only program to offer an accredited graduate degree in Israel education, in partnership with The George Washington University.LEARN MORE
Israel @ Camp
trains camp leaders, educators, and counselors to infuse Israel into daily life at camp.LEARN MORE
Birthright Israel Fellows
trains thousands of experiential Jewish educators to enhance Birthright Israel experiences and beyond.LEARN MORE
intensively trains rabbinic students from every major seminary and graduate students in Jewish education and communal leadership programs.LEARN MORE
Certificate Program in Experiential Israel Ed
develops the skills of educators to facilitate nuanced and complex conversations about contemporary Israel.LEARN MORE
iNfuse: Israel in Jewish Day Schools
works holistically with schools to weave Israel throughout the school, its curriculum, and its culture.LEARN MORE
CONFERENCES, CONVENINGS, AND PUBLICATIONS
The Aleph Bet of Israel Education
The foundational work of the field that outlines 12 basic principles and practices.
A Philosophy of Israel Education
A relational approach to Israel education that remains loyal to the past and speaks to today and tomorrow.
Israel: Voices from Within
A diverse anthology of Israeli poetry designed to help educators delve into the heart of Israel past and present.
OUTSTANDING EDUCATIONAL TOOLS AND MATERIALS
How We Do It
As important as what we do is the way we go about it.
Grounding our work in excellence,
setting bold standards and
Placing learners at the center and
continually striving to be a learning
organization, adapting to the diverse
needs of an ever-growing field.
Leading with innovation,
inspiration, and intelligence.
Cultivating wisdom and expertise
with scholars and practitioners
from the Jewish world and beyond.
We’ve been fortunate to work with some exceptional partners, including: