CIE/ISMI Teen Israel Leadership Institute (TILI)
The next TILI seminar will be held in November 2020
We are pleased to announce the dates for our annual Teen Israel Leadership Institute. This year, teens will gather for an online interactive workshop November 8th and 15th from 1:00 PM-4:00 PM Eastern. 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, will enhance Israel knowledge among Jewish teens in grades 10-12 and provide them with valuable skills for sharing that knowledge with others. During the workshop, participants will engage in a wide variety of learning activities and experiences. They will also have the opportunity to hear from college students. Once the official program is over, 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. CIE staff will mentor students in the creation and delivery of their projects. Upon completion of this program, participants will receive a CIE Teen Israel Leadership Institute Certificate in Israel Education.
The program covers a wide variety of topics related to modern Israel and Israel education. Here is a list of subjects we will cover during the online workshop:
- Israel’s Changing Borders; Map Activity
- Peoplehood, Zionism and Israel
- Israeli Politics through Music
- Israel on Campus
- Peace in the 21st Century: Is Normalization Possible
- How Do I See My Jewish Identity and Israel
- Strategic Planning: How to Evolve an Israel Program in Your Community
- Israel Literacy 101: How to Use Documents and Sources
Teens interested in participating should apply by October 25, 2020. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so early submissions are welcome! Please find the application here. All decisions will be sent by October 27th.
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.
Once accepted to the program, participants will be responsible for a $54 registration fee. This fee is heavily subsidized by a generous community of donors. Upon acceptance, we will give participants instructions to submit their registration fee.
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.
I just would like to thank everyone who worked so hard to create this amazing opportunity! The best parts of the program were the wide variety of options, the open discussions, and the knowledgeable educators. – Mary M., Mt Pleasant, SC, December 2019
Thank you for the Teen Israel Leadership Institute. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to participate; I learned so much. I came home inspired and started planning my program to share the learning I did this weekend. – Edee P., Seattle, WA
For more information, please contact Michele Freesman, CIE Teen Program Manager
Previous TILI Programs
Hear from teens who have participated in this unique learning program:
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
Previous seminars were held in Atlanta in April 2018 and October 2018; in Newark, NJ in conjunction with United Synagogue Youth in January 2019 and in Seattle in May 2019.
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.