This section provides program ideas for different age groups, settings and audience sizes as well as enumerating tools and guidance for learning and teaching.

Archaeology, Jewish Text and Israel
Community/Family education program on working with artifacts

Beit Cafe: Issues in Israeli Society
Experiential learning program on current issues using a coffee house model

Israel and Jewish Peoplehood
Panel Debate exploring concepts of Jewish Peoplehood in a shrinking (in geographic distribution) Jewish world

Experiential Learning: Reality Television
Guide for creating Reality TV based educational programming with a Survivor based program model

Experiential Learning: Role-Play
Guide for using role-play in educational programming with a program on the prime minister’s of Israel

YouTube Film Festival
Guide for creating a YouTube film festival with a sample program on Israeli music

A selection of maps of Israel and the Middle East


Useful guides for using a variety of tools and methodologies. Each guide comes with a sample session for teaching Israel.

Primary Sources: Documents
Guide for teaching with documents with a 3 session lesson on the Balfour Declaration of 1917

Primary Sources: Speeches
Guide for teaching with speeches with 4-5 session lesson on Benjamin Netanyahu’s 2009 speech at Bar-Ilan University.

Youth Bibliogaphy
Presented here are a wide variety of Israel related books for learners from pre-school through high school.  Included in this list are works of non-fiction, including biographies of prominent Israeli leaders, works of fiction that are about an aspect of living in or visiting Israel and works by Israeli authors that have been translated into English.  The list is both broken down by age/grade appropriateness as well as by format, including some suggestions of graphic novels.  We welcome your suggestions for additional inclusions to this bibliography.

CIE Website Timeline

American Officials on Zionism, Israel, and the US-Israeli Relationship, 1947- 2018
For more than seventy years the US government developed and revised its attitude toward Zionism and Israel. Using published archives, press conferences, speeches and numerous interviews, this compilation of  50 quotations traces how American views of Zionism and Israel changed. Frosty and distant attitudes toward Israel in the late 1940s have become effusive embraces of Israel and its security tempered by disagreements about Israel’s political behavior in other fields, including negotiations with the Arab world.

Cronología de Jerusalén
Los eventos y las citas en este documento demuestran la importancia política y religiosa de Jerusalén y el ansia por la misma del cristianismo, el islam y el judaísmo. También se notan la razones y ocasiones cuando las diferentes religiones, califas, iglesias, congresos, emires, imperios, generales, reyes, resoluciones, sultanes, tratados y entidades controlaron, proclamaron privilegios, o afirmaron sus dictámenes sobre la manera de gobernar un lugar particular venerado, la ciudad, o partes de ella.

Israel’s Road to the June 1967 War
This chronology covers May and June 1967; it omits the 1948 and 1956 wars, and the rising Arab-Israeli tensions from 1947 to May 1967. Details about this context, the 1967 war itself and the aftermath can be found in Ken Stein’s The June 1967 War: How it Changed Jewish, Israeli, and Middle Eastern History,” eBook and Print, 2017,

Israel and Arab-Israeli Conflict Timeline – 1800s to the Present
This timeline includes maps, photos, and hyperlinks to documents and sources also found on the website. There are four dozen hyperlinks age appropriate for teens and older.

Jerusalem Timeline
The Jewish people have a 3,000-year history with the city of Jerusalem as a political, economic, religious and cultural center. In ancient times, the city housed the First and Second Temples where Jews from throughout the Land of Israel and the growing Diaspora made regular pilgrimages.

Teaching with Timelines
Timelines are visual tools which help learners understand how events and concepts unfold in historical chronology. They are especially helpful at providing insight into how events impact each other.