Do you have a passion for Israel with an interest and desire to challenge assumptions and make a special mark on the field of Israel education?  The Center for Israel Education’s (CIE) Certificate in Israel Education Program can guide you to further develop and enhance your knowledge about Israel’s history, society and politics while delving into practical methods for applying what you have learned in your educational setting.


The twelve-month program will consist of four “legs” and combine professional learning and practical projects.

The four legs of the program will be:

  • A “conference within the conference” during the Jewish Educators Assembly Annual Conference to be held November 13-16, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA
  • Three webinars, one each to be held in January, March and May 2017
  • A second gathering as part of the annual ISMI/CIE Workshop in Atlanta in June 2017 (tentatively scheduled for June 25-29, 2017).
  • A field project to be developed and tested by all participants in the seminar.

Participants will work with a CIE advisor to develop a curricular or other project for use in the setting where they teach or work. This can include formal and informal education, congregational and day schools, and summer camps.  Special emphasis will be placed on building joint educational programs and finding shared language among participants.  Projects will be delivered, tested, observed and refined during the course of the program.

Example of projects could be (but are not limited to): A curricular unit on Jewish immigration; a whole school program on the Israeli electoral system; a family education program on Israeli culture; a handbook or guide for integrating Israel into a school’s teaching of Jewish holidays;  a community wide teen engagement program on the Arab-Israeli conflict. We are seeking to engage a broad range of projects so that each may be shared and replicated with cohorts in the program and in the field of education through dissemination by CIE.  As such the projects will need to be adaptable to other settings beyond the initial institution.


The lead program staff are Rich Walter, Associate Director for Israel Education at CIE and Steve Kerbel, Principal of Steven Kerbel Educational Consulting.  CIE’s Founder and President Ken Stein as well as additional members of the CIE team will be involved as faculty in the program.  You can learn more about Ken, Rich , Steve and CIE staff here:

You can learn more about CIE here:

Requirements for Participation:

Minimum five years of experience in Israel education and or related field, and graduate degree in Judaic/Israel studies or related field OR 10 years related experience. In special cases, administrators, rabbis, cantors, and informal educators can qualify for acceptance into the program.

Program Costs and Expenses:

  • Each school/participant in the Certificate program will provide CIE with a $500 application deposit.  These deposits will be completely refunded upon successful completion of the program.
  • CIE will cover all associated conference costs for the two gatherings (including JEA registration). This will include all meals, lodging and educational materials.  CIE’s coverage of the November “conference within the conference” at JEA will be for double occupancy.  Participants wishing for their own room will need to pay an additional $200 to CIE.
  • CIE will provide travel subsidies of up to $250 for each of the two gatherings (JEA conference and June gathering).

Applications for the second cohort are now closed.

Participant Testimonials: 

  • The CIE Certificate Program substantially increased my knowledge and approach to the teaching of Israel in my school. Hedda M
  • The certificate program has enhanced my knowledge of Israel’s history, strengthened my pedagogic awareness and brought to my attention many resources that both I and my teachers can use in our teaching of Israel. Arlyne U
  • The CIE Certificate Program has influenced my work as an educational director by (helping me) be creative and “out of the box” to excite our children (and adults) to learn, be joyful, “own” their own education, and create wonderful Jewish memories. And be curious about and connected to Israel, our Jewish homeland. Sandy B.
  • I feel more confident in my own knowledge regarding Israeli history, and the importance of ensuring our students are taught through primary sources for their knowledge. Babette C.
  • This program has given me a platform to thoughtfully consider the integration of Israel into my curriculum writing project. I truly value this cohort of talented, intelligent, and incredibly generous educators, and it is clear that our collaboration will continue beyond the bounds of this program. Elisha F.
  • The Certificate in Israel Program experience has rejuvenated my passion for creative, innovative, Israel education for my students.  The collaboration with other educators and mentors in the CIEP provided incredible input for my project and I’m walking away with an incredible list of educational lessons, resources, and programs for my institution… This program has raised the bar for the field of Israel education. Hope C.

We hope that you will join us in this new initiative.  If you have questions about the program or expectations of participation, please contact Rich Walter at [email protected].


Ken Stein, Rich Walter, and Steve Kerbel