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.

Our Impact

OUR VISION

Every Jewish young person develops a lifelong relationship with Israel.

OUR MISSION

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.

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Israel @ Camp

trains camp leaders, educators, and counselors to infuse Israel into daily life at camp.

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Birthright Israel Fellows

trains thousands of experiential Jewish educators to enhance Birthright Israel experiences and beyond.

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iFellows

intensively trains rabbinic students from every major seminary and graduate students in Jewish education and communal leadership programs.

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Certificate Program in Experiential Israel Ed

develops the skills of educators to facilitate nuanced and complex conversations about contemporary Israel.

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iNfuse: Israel in Jewish Day Schools

works holistically with schools to weave Israel throughout the school, its curriculum, and its culture.

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CONFERENCES, CONVENINGS, AND PUBLICATIONS

Grow the Field: iCON

iCON, The iCenter’s biennial conference sets the standard in Israel education and is widely acknowledged as the most important forum fo...

The Aleph Bet of Israel Education

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 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

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

Resources to help explore the complexities and nuances of contemporary Israel and the world.

Process tools for creating Israel-infused settings that help identify opportunities for growing the place of Israel within organ...

Cultural resources for transforming educational environments, such as Israeli music playlists, Hebrew slang posters, and more.

Tangible materials, such as our Israel Resource Cards, which have been translated into four languages and distributed worldwide.

How We Do It

As important as what we do is the way we go about it.

EXCELLENCE

Grounding our work in excellence,
setting bold standards and
challenging assumptions.

LEARNING

Placing learners at the center and
continually striving to be a learning
organization, adapting to the diverse
needs of an ever-growing field.

LEADERSHIP

Leading with innovation,
inspiration, and intelligence.

COLLABORATION

Cultivating wisdom and expertise
with scholars and practitioners
from the Jewish world and beyond.

OUR REACH

We’ve been fortunate to work with some exceptional partners, including:

OUR INSTITUTIONAL PARTNERS

Vibe Israel
RootOne
Israel Story
IsraAID
FJC
Jewish Agency for Israel
Israel21c
The Israel Democracy Institute
Taglit Birthright Israel
SpaceIL
JCC Association of North America
Hillel International
Maccabi USA
The Jewish Federations of North America
The Jewish Education Project
Jewish Learning Works
OUR ACADEMIC PARTNERS

    Partner with The iCenter

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