Support for Israel is important to most members of the U.S. Jewish community, but advocacy is effective only when it begins with a foundation of deep, nuanced Israel education.

That’s one of the key messages across a 50-minute conversation between former American Jewish Committee official Steven Bayme and Jewish Community Relations Committee of New York Chair Cheryl Fishbein at the 20th annual Enrichment Workshop on Modern Israel, offered to educators by CIE and the Emory University Institute for the Study of Modern Israel.

Bayme and Fishbein discuss the challenges in the relationship between Israel and U.S. Jews, the value of maintaining that strong connection, the threat of antisemitism, and the need to educate thoroughly about Israel without advocacy.

The session was recorded June 17, 2021.