Explore and connect with Israel and Israelis for virtual learning experiences. More coming soon—if your need is more immediate or if you know of an experience of interest to the IsraelEd community, please contact us.
A Collection of Live Experiences
Jewish Book Month: A Conversation with Author Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
Sunday, December 6 | 10am CT
Although only 38 years old, Ayelet Gundar-Goshen has amassed a diverse and impressive array of achievements. She is an award-winning novelist whose books have been translated into 14 languages. She’s a clinical psychologist, screenwriter, and international correspondent who has worked for the Israeli civil rights movement. Ayelet Gundar-Goshen will be interviewed by Spertus Institute Dean and Chief Academic Officer (and iCenter consultant), Dr. Keren Fraiman.
Getting to Know Another Israeli Calendar
Monthly | All sessions 2-3pm CT
In parallel to the traditional Jewish calendar runs the ‘Israeli calendar’, a series of national, cultural and memorial days that are unique to Israel society. Exploring this calendar monthly enables us to learn and reflect about the complexities of Israeli society. Participants will gain special access to items from The National Library of Israel archive, contemporary sources and guest speakers such as NLI experts, Israeli authors and social activists.
Each session will highlight one content area and introduce a certain pedagogic tool or framework that educators can experience as learners and in turn implement in their work with their students and congregants:
- November 18, 2020: Sigd and The Ethiopian Community: A Case Study of Tradition and Transition
- December 9, 2020: Soviet Jewry: From “Let My People Go” to Generation 1.5
- January 13, 2021: International Women’s Day or Yom HaMishpacha? Feminism in Israel: Then and Now
- February 17, 2021: Mimunah Circles of Identity: North African Jewish Communities in Israel
- March 17, 2021: Memorial and Fast Days Between Yom HaShoah and Yom HaZikaron
- April 21, 2021: (Lag BaOmer) Bar Kochva and Friends: Messianic Moments in Jewish and Israeli History AND (Jerusalem Day) Melting pot or Multicultural? Jerusalem as a Microcosm of Israeli Society
Private Tours of Beit Hatfutsot
In the online live 45-minute session, your group can tour the Beit Hatfutsot Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv with a museum educator from the comfort of a smartphone or computer. Participate in a fascinating and interactive tour of Hallelujah! Assemble, Pray, Study – Synagogues Past and Present, with optional pre- and post-tour lessons.
Translating a New Generation of Israeli Authors
The Tel Aviv Review of Books and Jerusalism are excited to present a special online event featuring TARB editor Olga Kirschbaum in conversation with Man Booker Prize-winning translator Jessica Cohen. The conversation will focus on Jessica’s experiences translating a new generation of Israeli authors.
Exodus of the Ethiopian Community to Israel
Learn about the Ethiopian community in Israel, in a discussion with Zehava Tesfay, Director of Shlichut for UJA-Federation of New York. Hosted & Facilitated by Or Adi, World Zionist Organization Director of the Department for Diaspora Affairs.
In Conversation with Lucy Aharish and Tzachi Halevy
Israeli celebrity couple Lucy Aharish (Israel’s first Arab Muslim primetime news anchor) and Tzachi Halevy (star of the hit Netflix series Fauda) join Hillel @ Home to discuss how they have used their platforms to break barriers and promote pluralism and interdenominational openness in Israel’s public agenda.
In Conversation with Natan Sharansky
The iCenter co-sponsored an interactive, inspiring conversation with Natan Sharansky, past Chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, human rights activist, and author. Hear his story, presented by Unpacked Media, and learn about Soviet Jewry and Jewish unity in history.