19th annual CIE/ISMI
Enrichment Workshop on Modern Israel
Successfully Completed June 28 – July 1, 2020
Digital Workshop | June 28 – July 1, 2020
History, Politics and Society of Modern Israel
Attending the CIE online workshop were 87 Israel educators from 16 states, Mexico and Guatemala: 43% working in day schools, 41% in supplemental settings, and 20% representing national and regional Jewish organizations. More than half the participants attended as part of a cohort from their school or community. The online workshop offered 49 sessions over four days, including panels, keynotes, breakouts, implementing and advising engagements, and networking opportunities.
Four presentation were livestreamed for the general public:
- Sunday, June 28 — “How Did the Zionists Make the State: 1882-1949” with Professor Ken Stein of CIE and Emory University; https://www.facebook.com/320788968000582/videos/402546824038350
- Monday June 29 — “Leaders in Israel Who Made Historic Decisions: Tracing Their Journey,” a panel discussion moderated by CIE’s Rich Walter among Dr. Rachel Fish, executive director of the Foundation to Combat Anti-Semitism; Dr. Nachman Shai, Emory University visiting professor; and Dr. Gil Troy, McGill University distinguished scholar; https://www.facebook.com/320788968000582/videos/309121696786652
- Tuesday, June 30 — “Religion and State in Israel” with Professor Michael Berger of Emory University; https://www.facebook.com/320788968000582/videos/270962530902694
- Wednesday, July 1 — “The Progression of Israeli Culture” with Dr. Eli Sperling of CIE and Emory University; https://www.facebook.com/320788968000582/videos/1963740873759614
2020 FEATURED PRESENTERS
Reuven Hazan • Tal Grinfas-David • Ken Stein • Nachman Shai • Rachel Fish • Gil Troy • Michael Berger • Eli Sperling • Michele Freesman • Steve Kerbel • Aaron Bregman • Rich Walter
SEE PRESENTERS BIOS
Read how past participants continue to benefit from their experiences at the CIE/ISMI Enrichment Workshop on Modern Israel on the The AviChai Foundation Blog.
About the Workshop
The CIE one-week workshop offers a comprehensive understanding of modern Israel and provides a wide array of tools for curriculum development and teaching. Workshop sessions are designed to reflect the needs of our participants, whether adding content or providing additional teaching ideas for curriculum and lesson plan development. The workshop is led by experienced curriculum, academic, and content specialists. Sessions are conducted from noon until 7:15pm EST, Sunday through Wednesday, with an optional activity offered each evening at 9:00pm EST. Each day is filled with content, curriculum development sessions, and time for reflecting and processing ideas culled. We anticipate that each participant will complete the workshop with newly developed Israel curriculum materials.
Topics which may be covered in the workshop include: the biblical connection of the Jewish people to the land of Israel, modern Jewish history including the origins and development of modern Zionism, the growth of the Yishuv, Israeli foreign policy, development and workings of Israel’s political system, Israeli music and literature, domestic issues that confront a maturing Israel society such as civil liberties and national security, religion and society, social issues, the US-Israel relationship, Israel’s role in regional and international politics, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Special emphasis is placed on strategies for incorporating materials into educational settings.
Who Should Apply
We encourage staffs of national Jewish organizations and educators who have a direct impact on students to apply for the limited number of available positions. The workshop is geared for educators working with students in 4th grade through adult education. Where possible, we encourage two or more members from an institution to apply.
Applicants must submit a completed application by June 1, 2020. Deadline has been extended to June 8.
Application and Fees
Interested participants should apply by June 1, 2020. Applications are accepted on a first come/first considered basis. Applicants must submit a $150 application fee (if applying by the deadline of June 1, application fee is reduced to $75 per participant). A link to online payment option is provided in confirmation email.
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JUNE 8
Acceptance notifications will begin April 15, 2020.
History of One-Week Workshops
In 1998 at the request of the headmaster of the Greenfield Hebrew Academy in Atlanta, CIE/ISMI workshop Director Prof. Ken Stein was asked to assist in the construction of a course on modern Zionism/Israel for the graduating seventh grade. Over time the one-time engagement evolved into several day workshops about modern Israel’s formation, provided initially to Atlanta area Jewish teachers. By 2003, it had expanded to include teachers from around North America. In 2000, with his typical eager enthusiasm, Paul Reisman provided our initial grant for the first Israel education workshop. The workshops were organized by the Emory Institute for the Study of Modern Israel (ISMI) with all funding coming from private donors, including the Zedeck Family Foundation, Schusterman Foundation, Blank Family Foundation and Marcus Family Foundation. By July 2008, the Center for Israel Education (CIE) was created as a separate 501c3 entity primarily to choreograph the one-week workshops and engage in other Israel education outreach activity beyond ISMI.
For more information, contact workshop coordinator Heather Waters: Click Here