“This session made me proud to be Jewish-This experience helped me reflect on what's happening in Israel and my role in it-I learned a lot about the history of why Jews are hated. After this, I learned that I need to do more within my community to educate people-I learned about how Jews have come together as a community for thousands of years-I believe that this program was incredibly informational. I will use this knowledge to inform friends and family-I will use this knowledge to help educate my peers about this conflict. I really enjoyed being surrounded by so many Jewish teens who care the same as I do. The best part was getting all these teens from all the different school together to share their experiences-My experience today was excellent. I really enjoyed hearing from other Jewish students from different schools that I haven't interacted with before. Hearing from other Jewish students who I have not met before was fantastic. After being around the same people from my school and synagogue, it was great to learn from and hear from students with a distinct experience and perspective."
Teen evaluations from the CIE Teen Leadership Program, November 2023.
"The Center for Israel Education (CIE) website is terrific idea, a much-needed extraordinary resource…There are far too many young people, including committed Jews, who simply do not know the story of Israel. Having a central site where they can learn the history, be guided to additional resources and most importantly — get a sense of the grandeur and the complexity of Zionism and the State is created — is a gift to all of us who seek to educate Jews and non-Jews alike about what Israel is, how it came to be, and where it might go from here.” Dr. Daniel Gordis, Koret Distinguished Fellow at Shalem College, Jerusalem."
"The CIE website is an innovative, creative and reliable tool of scholarship, brilliantly conceived and crafted. It is an essential and indispensable kit for serious in-depth teaching about modern Israel including a wealth of assets of learning, original documentation, polls and surveys, syllabi, historical background and information, teaching guides and even updates on current affairs. Courses on modern Israel, on all levels, high school and collegiate, undergraduate and graduate, can all make excellent use of this extraordinary resource. In fact, they cannot do without it."
Professor Asher Susser, Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History, former Director of The Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Tel Aviv University
"The CIE educator seminar touched on so many different topics. From the creation of the Zionist movement, to the present day political and economic successes/challenges in Israel. As an educator, I was given a wide variety of resources to refer to for in depth lessons and discussions about how Israel. I came away understanding much more about how Israel came to be the rich and vibrant culture we see today. I personally loved the sections on art, journalism, and storytelling. The experts that were presenting gave me a lot to think about and were willing to answer any questions along the way."