20th annual CIE/ISMI
Enrichment Workshop on Modern Israel

(Digital Workshop)
Summer 2021



 Digital Workshop | June 28 – July 1, 2020
History, Politics and Society of Modern Israel
(Successfully Completed)

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:

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

CIE/ISMI Israel Educator – Content and Pedagogy –Online Workshop – Four Day Schedule, June-July 2020

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.

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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.
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. 
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.


Acceptance notifications will begin April 15, 2020.

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.
In 2003, The AVI CHAI Foundation, under the distinguished leadership of Yossi Prager, approached ISMI/CIE to underwrite the funding of the workshops on the condition that half of the teachers attending the annual workshops were from day school settings. The Board of The AVI CHAI Foundation is thanked for the faith they had in our undertaking to increase Israel education. Thanks are offered to the innovative skills and collective educational guidance provided by Sally Levine, Tziona Zalkow, Abby Chill, Anna Hartman, Tal Grinfas-David and Rich Walter. Their classroom expertise was carefully blended with the incisive annual presentations by scholars from Israel and the US, which included Asher Susser, Reuven Hazan, Uri Bialer, Paul Rivlin, Michael Berger and David Menashri. Prof. Stein continues to anchor the modern history and international relations portions of the annual workshops. Throughout our broadening excursions into pre-collegiate and collegiate Israel education, ISMI and CIE were fortunate to have the unwavering support of the Marcus Family Foundation, and particularly its Executive Director, Jay Kaiman. Private donors and foundations that seek to retain their anonymity were zealous in their support of our work. These donors provided the means to travel across North America providing professional development days and congregational workshops. Through these experiences we listened to what teachers wanted and needed, which in turn helped shape portions of this website and constantly revise our annual one-week workshop.

View previous one-week workshops.

Data on day school participation at CIE one-week workshops

For more information, contact workshop coordinator Heather Waters: Click Here