Dan Tatar has dedicated over 25 years to experiential Israel education, from facilitating teen travel to Israel to his work as the Director of Engagement and Strategic Partnerships at The iCenter. Dan’s extensive background in the field is rooted in his own transformative teen Israel experience led by his then-teacher, Anne Lanski. With a Master’s degree in Israel Education from The George Washington University and an Executive MA in Jewish Professional Studies from Spertus Institute, he brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the table. Dan also holds a certification in Innovative Strategies from Systematic Inventive Thinking. As a former stage and television actor with a fascination for educational technology, he offers a unique perspective on Israel education. (Pronouns: he/him)
What is your favorite Hebrew word or phrase?
Chok chinuch chovah chinam (חוק חינוך חובה חינם, “compulsory free education law”). I heard it on the news once while in Israel and loved the alliteration. I love learning words, exploring sounds, and unpacking roots of words. I’ve moved from being afraid to speak if I didn’t have everything conjugated correctly to just getting it out and trying. It may not always be right, but I’m connecting and learning in the process.