Seminars

Our staff is thrilled to be able to offer different educational and professional development opportunities to you and your students. If you’re interested in bringing in a member of our team to speak with your staff, students, community, work on developing Israel programming in your school, or because you’d love to host our podcast, then fill out the form below and someone will get back to you shortly!


Offering all Educators on our Team

Alan Goldman

Alan Goldman has dedicated his life to Jewish education, which combines his passion for Zionism and his love for traditional Jewish learning. He believes that true learning should foster an understanding of self and lead to positive action. His particular approach combines formal academic studies with informal and field education.  For close to 30 years Alan has developed his expertise as a well respected educator in long term Israel programs, serving on the faculties of many Gap Year programs and Israel education organizations. He has also developed a particular specialty as a senior educator for Poland Journeys. Alan made aliyah at the end of the 1980’s and lives on a Moshav with his wife and kids in the most beautiful part of Israel, Emek HaElah (The Elah Valley).

Why are you passionate about Israel education?
The establishment of the State of Israel, in addition to  being an unprecedented historical event, has had profound effects on modern Jewish identity. I love discussing, debating and generally trying to figure it all out with my students.

 

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing Israel educators today?
Understanding the importance of a particularist identity in a world which emphasizes universalistic identity.  In other words addressing the following question: Why is it important to belong to and identify with a particular people with a mission?

 

What are the necessary components of outstanding Israel education?
Knowledge, openness, and passion

Chloé Valdary

Chloé Valdary is the Director of Partnerships & Outreach at Jerusalem U. Chloé was named one of the top 100 people positively affecting Jewish life by Algemeiner and was a Tikvah fellow under Pulitzer Prize-winner Bret Stephens at the Wall Street Journal. Her outspoken defense of Israel, and championing of the Jewish people, can be seen in Jerusalem U videos, as well as in The Wall Street Journal, The Jerusalem Post, The Times of Israel, Tablet Magazine, Huffington Post, Israel Hayom, The Daily Beast, Al Jazeera + and others. 

Lior Krinsky

Lior Krinsky has been a university administrator and Israel and Jewish educator for over a decade. As Vice President of Israel Education Content, Lior works to develop dynamic, film-based Israel education resources focused on authentic story-telling and grounded in history, context, and primary source materials. She holds a BA in International Affairs from George Washington University, MAs in Near Eastern & Judaic Studies and Jewish Professional Leadership from Brandeis University, and was a Ginsburg Scholar at Ben Gurion University of the Negev. Lior has focused her academic and professional work on the development of Jewish identity in young adults, the American-Israel relationship, and Palestinian narrative and nationalism.

When not being bossed by her kids and dog, you can find her following Bruce Springsteen up and down the Eastern Seaboard, experimenting in the kitchen, and prepping for the zombie apocalypse.

Why are you passionate about Israel education?
The modern State of Israel is the fulfillment of 2000 years of dreams; it’s vital for all Jews to realize they have a stake in how our story unfolds in our homeland.

 

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing Israel educators today?
There are so many! One of the key ones is embracing teaching about the reality of Israel and Israeli society, “warts and all,” so that our high school students have a more authentic, adult understanding and relationship with Israel.

 

What are the necessary components of outstanding Israel education?
Fearlessness, understanding of your audience, and authenticity

Matthew Lipman

Matthew Lipman’s “ani maamin” (“my belief”) of education is to challenge his students—To challenge their perceptions, to challenge their understanding and to challenge themselves. By understanding that every story has multiple shades of grey, students are able to gain the knowledge to form and to articulate their own opinions in a convincing and lucid manner. Matthew loves feeding his family and friends an eclectic range of cuisines and can be found running through the streets of Modi’in early in the morning or late at night.

Why are you passionate about Israel education?
I love Israel and I love the role education can play in deepening students’ intellectual connections to our homeland. Developing student’s abilities to express their connection to Israel can only strengthen their connection further.

 

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing Israel educators today?
The maxim “a little knowledge is a dangerous thing” is the biggest challenge for us as Israel educators. Students often think a google search or reading a few Facebook posts is enough to give them the knowledge they need to be able to understand incredibly complex situations.There is no simple substitute for high quality education.

 

What are the necessary components of outstanding Israel education?
Israel education has to be relevant, honest and engaging. Relevant means knowing the need to differentiate that for example how you teach students spending a year in Israel is very different from how you would teach someone who has never been to Israel. Honest  means not just portraying all of the incredible advance and achievements of Israel but also to present the many societal and political challenges Israel faces. Engaging means knowing how to maintain students’ interest in the topic.

Michael Unterberg

Michael Unterberg thinks being Senior Israel Educator is just about the best job in the world. That’s probably because it combines using his decades of Jewish education experience, tech geekiness and passion for Israel and Zionism together. Mike believes that nothing can inspire Jewish growth, creativity and identity like learning about Israel. Hailing from Brooklyn, and having raised his five kids in Cleveland, Mike loves a good New York discussion in a Mid-Western polite way. He’s a very proud father and grandfather, and addicted to curiosity. Sadly, his mini-Schnauzer couldn’t care less about any of this.

Why are you passionate about Israel education?
I believe that the State of Israel in an unprecedented event in the history of human civilization, that should fascinate everyone, but Jews in particular should be passionately engaged in their national renaissance.

 

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing Israel educators today?
Many people are confused about Zionism and its claims about Jewish identity. Educators must be focused on explaining our shared national existence, mission and destiny.

 

What are the necessary components of outstanding Israel education?
Passion, perspective and pluralism.

Please note that workshop availability is subject to our educators’ schedules and organizational calendar. We may not be able to meet all requests.