Comments about the CIE/ISMI Teen Israel Leadership Institute 

From teens:

“My expectations for the program were blown away and I am more than satisfied with my experience. As a participant in the first ever institute for teens, I feel that it was very well-organized well-executed. The program has given me a new perspective on Israel and I will carry it with me for the rest of my life. I am looking forward to using the resources that CIE provides to create engaging and educational activities for students at my synagogue’s religious school as well as integrating more advanced topics into the Israel curriculum.”  Brandon M., Boca Raton, FL, April 2018

“I loved this program and I’m so excited to share my new knowledge with the kids at my school!” Naomi A., Houston, TX, April 2018

My favorite parts of the program were meeting kids with the same love of Israel as me. Learning history about Israel and having Shabbat services with the Emory students.” Parker S., Longwood, FL, April 2018

“I am running for Regional Israel Affairs Vice President for the Mizrach USY region and I am going to use the program ideas you gave us and the resources you told us about in order to plan programs and events for the teens in USY.” Rebecca R., Cherry Hill, NJ, April 2018

“Thank you very much for sponsoring the Teen Israel Leadership Institute.  I had an amazing weekend. I learned about Israel and made new friends from all over the country who I plan on keeping in touch with.  I enjoyed the service at Emory Hillel and really liked participating in group discussions. Thank you so much for making this opportunity possible for me.” Sofia H., Merion Station, PA, April 2018

From parents:

“I’d to thank you for the wonderful weekend that Ben enjoyed.  He learned so much and met some great teens. I’m so glad that he was part of this program.” Molli R., Miami, FL, April 2018

“Thanks to you, CIE, Emory, and the anonymous foundation for providing this wonderful opportunity for our children!  Josie said that the program was amazing and she absolutely loved participating.  The smiles on the faces of the students in this photograph says it all.  We are very grateful that Josie was able to participate!!!”  Carolyn S., Potomac, MD, April 2018

“Thank you for giving Gavi an incredible weekend.  He really enjoyed the conference.  He asked when the next time he could go away was because he felt he learned more at your Seminar than he does at school.” Deborah K, Los Angeles, CA, April 2018

Comments from other CIE Teen programs:

“I thought your presentation (on Zionism) was amazing and I learned so much from it.” Shane G, Ocala, FL (2018)

“I cannot thank you so enough for leading a program at Kallah this past weekend. As someone who knew essentially nothing before your program, I feel that I would now be able to participate in an educated conversation about Israeli politics. I think it is a subject that is difficult to grasp, and as a result, it is often overlooked when programming. You did an amazing job of laying out the basics. Thank you for your expertise and guidance this weekend.” Jordan L, Atlanta Council Shaliach, March (2015)

“Great session! Active. I learned a lot.” Mike G., Atlanta Council BBYO, Atlanta (2015)

“I am an Israeli who works with US youth. I thought the program was excellent and gave the kids a great insight (given the time constraints) into the issues affecting Israel besides the Arab-Israeli conflict. Great Job!” David S., NFTY International Convention, Atlanta (2015)

“Never done a program like this, (I) learned a lot more in a shorter time than most Israel programming I’ve done.” Jacob F., NFTY International Convention, Atlanta (2015)

“(This session gave) the students the necessary tools to be informed and objective consumers of Israel-related news and media coverage.” Rabbi Ilan S., Shomrei Torah Synagogue, Los Angeles (2014)