SEPTEMBER 19 AND 26, 2021
(Successfully Completed) 

CIE/ISMI Teen Israel Leadership Institute (TILI)

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We are pleased to announce the successful completion of our Fall Teen Israel Leadership Institute.  Dates for the next TILI are coming soon. 

The CIE Teen Israel Leadership Institute, offered virtually by the Atlanta-based Center for Israel Education, enhances Israel knowledge among teens, ages 15 to 18 years old. CIE will frame presentations so that teens appreciate and belong to Israel’s role in defining Jewish identity. Providing teens with tools for shrewdly interpreting contemporary events and framing them in context are key learning objectives. CIE staff impart leadership ideas for sharing enriched understanding of Israel with peers in their communities.  As with past TILI programs, CIE provides exclusive on-going communications and platforms for continued and timely Israel engagement.  Upon successful completion of the program, participants receive a CIE Teen Israel Leadership Institute Certificate in Israel Education. Applications are due by September 5, 2021 with responses sent to those accepted by September 7. Space is limited. There is no fee to participate. Teens from the Americas and Europe are encouraged to apply. 


The program covers a wide variety of topics related to modern Israel. Here is a list of topics we will cover during the online workshop:

  • Israeli Culture and Politics through Music
  • Israel’s Jewish and Democratic Origins

  • Identity and Religion in Israeli Society
  • Building the State from 1882 to 1949: Examining the British, Arab and Zionist Texts

  • Arab-Israeli Relations and Negotiations Since 1949
  • Being a Critical Consumer of Media

  • Israel on Campus

Teens in grades 10-12 are welcome to apply. The most successful participants are willing to engage with their peers and come in with an open mind.  Teens with all levels of background knowledge of Israel are welcome to apply. 

Registration Fee: $54 registration fee 

Program Leadership
The program will be led by expert presenters that have a wide array of experience working with teens and in Israel education.  Ranging in expertise from politics to Israeli culture, Torah to modern history, our presenters have vast experience in creating engaging programming.  You can view the members of our team here.

For more information, please contact Michele Freesman, CIE Teen Program Manager.

Previous TILI Programs

Previous teen institutes were held in Atlanta ( April 2018 and October 2018)  in Newark, NJ (January 2019) in conjunction with United Synagogue Youth; in Seattle (May 2019);  virtually with Canadian students( November 2020);  virtually with an international student mix (February 2021); virtually with Latin American students (April 2021);  virtually with West Palm Beach and Israeli students (spring 2021); and virtually with an international mix (September 2021).

Hear from teens who have participated in this unique learning program:

Participant Testimonials

“The Teen Israel Leadership Institute Webinar was an excellent opportunity to learn more about the important aspects of the relations between Latin America and Israel. Despite not being a Jew, I think that the relation between these two regions is important because Israel is the future, and we need to understand its history, culture and affairs. I felt welcomed in this Webinar, all the speakers were open minded and well prepared. I had the opportunity to ask numerous questions, which they all responded to professionally. I look forward to continuing to participate in these types of projects because they are sources of knowledge and skills. I encourage everyone who is interested in international affairs, geopolitics and humanities to attend this seminar.” Camilo Q., Ecuador, April 2021

“‘Israel somos todos’. The understanding and exploration of our roots, reality and future can be complex, but here is when the CIE Teen Israel Leadership Institute comes to play a role. By simply having two sessions, this program gives a glimpse of the history that precedes us, it describes the events of the present regarding our reality and it encourages us to question ourselves, with accurate information, the possible future of Israel. A plurality of incredible speakers presented diverse topics to the participants, starting with the incipient history of the Jewish state, the autonomy in exile, how the news today could be a battlefield for misinformation and the reality, and discussing and arguing possible solutions for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, expecting a possible dialogue in the future considering the needs for this to happen. It was an enriching experience that I hope to repeat. I invite other teens to participate together in the next edition.” Joaquín A., Asunción, Paraguay, April 2021

“My experience at CIE was very enriching and taught me that my knowledge of Israel and its relationship with other countries was very limited compared with everything I learned in these two weeks. My awareness about Israel’s and Latin America’s relationship grew a lot learning about trades and treaties between the countries to more devastating and worrying things as the anti-semitic comments and news growing in Latin America in times of pandemic. I loved how the presenters talked, not just with knowledge and expertise but with the heart and passion making you more interested and immersed in the conference. I recommend it to all those young people interested in Israel or in expanding their awareness and knowledge of new things, you won’t regret it.” Valentina O., Colombia, April 2021

“As a Young Jewish Woman, I’ve always seen Israel as a place to which I’m traditionally, integrally, and religiously connected. I always had a special place for Israel in my heart. CIE’s amazing program has helped me improve my understanding of Israel’s history and present by teaching me in an engaging and insightful manner. There were speakers from all walks of life, all passionate and well-educated in their fields, and a wide range of topics were covered, from the history of Zionism to Israeli politics. Meeting people from all over the world (virtually) was a rare and exciting experience. I would strongly advise and especially to anyone who wants to get more in touch with their Jewish roots!” Lia C., Panamá City, Panamá, April 2021

“TILI has certainly been one of the most enriching experiences I was able to have. I had the opportunity to listen to presentations that were very interesting about contemporary issues, and captivating topics. Additionally, I was able to get the incredible opportunity to participate as a Peer-Facilitator, besides participating once again in TILI, I was given the chance to become part of the team. I would like to thank CIE for the opportunity to participate and I highly recommend it to those students who would like to apply.” Nurit P., Mexico, April 2021

“As a Jew, I have always viewed the land of Israel as a place I am historically, integrally and religiously connected to. CIE’s brilliant programme has taught me in a both engaging and informative fashion and helped me develop my understanding of Israel’s past and present. There was a variety of speakers from different walks of lives, all passionate and well-educated in their field, and a variety of topics, ranging from The History of Zionism to Israeli Politics through Music were covered. (Virtually) meeting people from all around the globe was a unique and exciting experience. I would highly recommend!” – Hannah M., London, UK, February 2021

“The CIE Virtual Teen Israel Leadership Institute has provided me with an amazing opportunity to enhance my knowledge on subjects like Zionism, Judaism, politics and leadership in a fun, interactive and unique way. I was able to see and compare perspectives and experiences with people from all around the world who, just like me, sought to expand their knowledge in said areas in order to benefit and make a positive impact in their own communities, while also empowering themselves with the history, values and aspirations of our people. I greatly enjoyed the program, and I would definitely recommend it to my friends and colleagues.”- Gary K., Paraguay, February 2021

Read more comments about the program from teens and parents.

December 2019 Teen Seminar

October 2018 Teen Seminar

Previous Program Structure:
The CIE Teen Israel Leadership Institute program offered by the Atlanta based Center for Israel Education in partnership with the Emory University Institute for the Study for Modern Israel, Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Network (JTEEN), JumpSpark, and Emory Hillel will enhance Israel knowledge among Jewish teens and provide them with valuable skills for sharing that knowledge with others.  The program is supported by a generous grant from an anonymous foundation.

The programs are designed for 10-12 grade students.

There are three components:

  • A weekend retreat
  • 2 webinars
  • A project to be shared with a local Jewish community school, congregation, or organization

During the retreat, participants will engage in wide variety of learning sessions and experiences. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to take a tour of the Emory University campus.

All participants will be required to create an Israel learning program for their community, synagogue or youth group. Projects can vary from a one-time educational program to an ongoing series. Projects can be collaboratively devised. Staff will mentor students in the creation and delivery of their projects. Following the seminar, there will be two webinar educational sessions.

Examples of a project may include:

  • Plan and deliver a course on an aspect of Israel to adults or peers
  • Create a teen focused Yom Ha’atzmaut program
  • Design an Israeli film or cultural arts series
  • Create a website for teens about engaging with Israel

Program Impact

Opportunity for Community Based Partnership for Intensive Teen Israel Learning:

In May 2019, CIE partnered with the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle for a community based version of our successful Teen Israel Leadership Institute.  Contact Michele Freesman to learn how you can partner with CIE to help your community’s teens know and own Israel’s story.