Discover why Israel is the most sought after land in world history. Israel Inside/Out explores Israel's history, politics, geography and sociology in an exciting and interactive way.
This course will train you to be an Israel advocate and arm you with the knowledge necessary to combat anti-Israel rhetoric. Animated maps, diagrams and original film footage give you an insider's view into one of the world's most intriguing and mystifying countries – with no airfare required.
Features world-renown experts on Israel and the Middle East, including former ambassador Dore Gold and Alan Dershowitz.
Each class consists of a film/audio segment, a text reading, a short quiz, and a review section all of which are available online.
- Adult Education:
- Exams are available for self-checking your progress, but are entirely optional.
- Course must be completed within eight (8) months. Course material may be viewed after that time for an additional fee.
- $100 Stipend students must:
- Attain an 80% on course exams.
- Attend one live, advocacy event through Hasbara Fellowships or another approved campus event OR a live interactive webinar (depending on your campus). Campus Adviser:firstname.lastname@example.org
- Complete entire course within six (6) weeks of the start date.
1. Israel Inside
Sidestep the usual conversations about politics, conflict and violence, and get a glimpse into the makeup of the Israeli people and their dynamic, innovative and humanitarian society. Learn how Israel has become an invaluable asset to the world
2. Israel and the West
What do Israel and the West have in common? They both face terrorist threats to their security and freedom. Learn how international terrorism is impacting the West and taking its toll on western values.
3. From Abraham to Zionism
Explore the history of the Israel from ancient times through the Ottoman period. This class will delve into the central role that the Israel plays in the three major monotheistic faiths.
4. A State is Born
Learn about the birth of political Zionism and the War of Independence that lead to the establishment of the modern state of Israel. This class includes a section on political groups and analyzes how different historical figures united to establish the State.
5. History of the State
This class will take you through the modern history of Israel decade-by-decade from the 1950s to the 1990s. You will learn how the State transformed from a barren land to a modern society, developed infrastructure, defended herself against her enemies and secured a future for her citizens.
6. Israel in the Bible
Journey back in time and discover the origins of the Jewish People and their connection to the Land of Israel. Explore the Biblical perspective of the Jewish people’s long history in the land of Israel, and the prophecies related to their exile and continual return.
7. In Search of Peace, Part 1
Learn more about the negotiating parties and the complex issues that surround the peace process. This class will examine a variety of perspectives on land orders, refugees and security.
8. In search of Peace, Part 2
Why haven't the Israelis and Palestinians reached a peace agreement? Follow the history of the peace process from the Oslo Accords through the disengagement from Gaza. This class highlights the major events affecting peace in the region.
9. Israel in the Media
How does the global media relate to Israel? This course will evaluate some of the biases the media perpetuates and analyze the role media bias plays in the global front against Israel.
10. Crossing the Line: The Intifada Comes to Campus
Is anti-Israel rhetoric a form of anti-Semitism? This class will examine anti-Zionism on college campuses and beyond. You will explore what drives anti-Semitism and analyze the recurring themes and the common points of contention.
11. Speak Up for Israel
Every individual can be an advocate for Israel. Learn how to speak on Israel’s behalf and counter claims made against Israel with three practical and effective tools of communication.
12. BONUS MATERIAL: The Case for Israel, Democracy’s Outpost
Based on Alan Dershowitz's famous book, The Case for Israel, this class takes a closer look at what Israel's accusers are saying and presents a concise and logical defense. Arm yourself with the knowledge necessary to intelligently respond to negative statements about Israel.
1. Ambassador Daniel Ayalon
Since his appointment to the post of Israel's Ambassador to the United States in July 2002, Daniel Ayalon has been at the forefront of developing the strong relationship between the United States and Israel. He served on three Israeli Administrations as Chief Foreign Policy Adviser to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Deputy Foreign Policy Adviser to both Prime Ministers Ehud Barak and Benjamin Netanyahu.
2. Professor Alan Dershowitz
Professor Alan Dershowitz is best known for his role in several high-profile law cases and his commentary on the Arab-Israeli conflict. He is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the author of 27 works of fiction and non-fiction, including Rights From Wrong, The Case For Israel, and The Case For Peace. Professor Dershowitz has also published hundreds of articles in leading newspapers, magazines and journals and has advised presidents, UN officials, prime ministers, and business leaders about legal and political issues.
3. Bassem Eid
Bassem Eid is the Executive Director for The Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group (PHRMG). He worked as the senior fieldworker for the Israeli information center in the occupying territories, B’Tselem for seven years. During this time, Bassem Eid earned international recognition for his documentation and publication of a wide range of human rights issues. Bassem Eid is the co-author of the B’Tselem report on the Palestinian Preventive Security Service, “Neither Law nor Justice,” and was involved in research for nearly every B’Tselem publication from 1989 to 1996. In appreciation for his work for B’Tselem and as a journalist, Bassem Eid was awarded the 1992 Emil Grunsweig Human Rights Award by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI).
4. DR. TAL BEN-SHAHAR
Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar is a celebrated author and former lecturer at Harvard University where he is notorious for teaching the largest and most popular course, Positive Psychology, to over 1,400 students. Dr. Ben-Shahar consults and lectures on the subject to a variety of groups around the world, including executives of multi-national corporations. His areas of expertise include happiness, self-esteem, resilience, goal setting, mindfulness, and leadership.
5. Rachel Fish
Rachel Fish is a graduate of Harvard University and a senior consultant at The David Project. She was named as one of the "forward fifty" most influential Jews in America in 2003 and 2004 for her work petitioning against funds endowed by United Arab Emirates leader Sheik Zayed. Rachel also produced the documentary film Columbia Unbecoming. She is currently a doctoral student at Brandies University in the field of Israel Studies.
6. Sir Martin Gilbert
Sir Martin Gilbert is Winston Churchill's official biographer and a leading historian of the modern world. He is the author of 81 books, including Churchill: A Life, History of Israel, a three-volume work entitled A History of the Twentieth Century, and The Holocaust: The Jewish Tragedy. Sir Gilbert is an Honorary Fellow of Merton College, University of Oxford, and a Distinguished Fellow of Hillsdale College in Michigan.
7. Fern Oppenheim
Fern Oppenheim is the co-founder of Brand Israel Group and the President of Applied Marketing Innovations, a marketing firm she founded to provide consulting support to pro-Israel organizations. She was also a communications consultant to the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and is responsible for the U.S. Segmentation Study and the implementation of its results. She also has an extensive marketing, media and management background with advertising agencies such as Young & Rubicam , Fortune 500, and companies such as Kraft/General Foods.
8. Caroline Glick
Caroline Glick is Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs at the Center for Security Policy and deputy managing editor of the Jerusalem Post. A former officer in the Israel Defense Forces, she was a core member of Israel's negotiating team in the Oslo Negotiations under former Prime Minister Rabin. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Glick was an embedded journalist with the U.S. Army's Third Infantry Division, joining the infantry unit that was first to reach Baghdad. She was awarded a distinguished civilian service award from the U.S. Secretary of the Army for her battlefield reporting.
9. Ambassador Dore Gold
Ambassador Dore Gold is President of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. From 1997 to 1999 he served as the eleventh Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations. Ambassador Gold also served as the Foreign Policy Advisor to Benjamin Netanyahu and advisor to former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. In addition, he was an advisor to the Israeli delegation at the Madrid Peace Conference in 1991. Ambassador Gold has written numerous books and his articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Jerusalem Post.
10. Malcolm Hoenlein
Malcolm Hoenlein is the executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of major American Jewish organizations since June 1986. He is the founding executive director of the Greater New York Conference on Soviet Jewry and the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York. Born in Philadelphia, he received his B.A. from Temple University and his Ph.D from the University of Pennsylvania. Malcolm Hoenlein has taught international relations and served as a Middle East specialist at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He played a key role in organizing the massive National Solidarity Rally for Israel in Washington, D.C. in 2002.
11. Dr. Mordechai Kedar
Dr. Mordechai Kedar served in Israeli Defense Force Military Intelligence for 25 years. He specializes in Arab political discourse, Arab mass media, Islamic groups, and the Syrian domestic arena. He is currently a lecturer in Arabic at Bar Ilan University.
12. Aaron Klein
Aaron Klein is a Jerusalem-based author, journalist, columnist and U.S. radio and television commentator known for his close contacts with Middle East leaders. He is the Jerusalem bureau chief for WorldNetDaily and a columnist for The Jewish Press. Aaron is also the author of the critically acclaimed book Schmoozing with Terrorists. He has regular segments on top American radio programs and is a frequent guest on cable news networks, including Fox News and Al Jazeera.
13. Professor Bernard Lewis
Professor Bernard Lewis is the Cleveland E. Dodge Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. He specializes in the history of Islam and the interaction between Islam and the West. He is also well-known for his works on the history of the Ottoman Empire.
14. Professor David Luchins
Professor David Luchins is the chairman of the political science department at Touro College. He has also served as the Vice President of the Orthodox Union since 1976 and was a senior aide and advisor to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan for 20 years. Professor Luchins has always been at the forefront of communal social justice, serving on the Executive Committee of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the National Commissions of the Anti-Defamation League and the Jewish Fund for Justice.
15. Elliot Mathias
Elliot Mathias is the founder and director of Hasbara Fellowships. He also serves as an advisor for media watchdog HonestReporting.com. Elliot has dedicated his life to Israel advocacy and Israel activism on campus and travels to colleges across the country to educate and prepare students to be pro-Israel leaders. He has a degree in Political Communications from Northwestern University.
16. Natalie Menaged
Natalie Menaged is the Managing Director of the Hasbara Fellowships, an organization that trains, educates and inspires students to stand up for Israel on over 100 campuses across North America. Natalie was a participant on the very first Hasbara Fellowships and was the founder and president of Gators for Israel at the University of Florida. Upon graduation Natalie worked for Hasbara Fellowships as a Campus Coordinator, and then lived and learned in Israel for a year. Natalie has helped to train over 1500 student activists, and is dedicated to the important mission of building Israel activism skills and Jewish leadership among university students.
17. Jessica Montel
Jessica Montel is the executive director of B’Tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories. Through her work at B'Tselem, she aims to change Israeli policy in the Occupied Territories and ensure that government protect the human rights of residents there. Jessica has three young children and currently lives in Jerusalem.
18. Dr. Daniel Pipes
Dr. Daniel Pipes is the director of the Middle East Forum and the Taube distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University. His website, DanielPipes.org, is the single most accessed source of information on the Middle East and Islam. Dr Pipes has served in various capacities in the U.S. government, including two presidential appointed positions, vice chairman of the Fulbright Board of Foreign Scholarships and member of the board of the U.S. Institute of Peace. He was also director of the Foreign Policy Research Institute from 1986 to 1993. Dr. Pipes is a frequent guest of popular television programs and his columns have appeared in hundreds of newspapers and websites worldwide.
19. Rabbi Ken Spiro
Rabbi Ken Spiro graduated from Vassar College with a BA in Russian Language and Literature and pursued his graduate studies at the Pushkin Institute in Moscow. He also received an MA in History from The Vermont College of Norwich University. Rabbi Spiro is licensed by the Israel Ministry of Tourism as a tour guide. He has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including B.B.C. Radio and TV and The National Geographic Channel.
20. Shachar Zahavi
Shachar Zahavi is the Director of ISRAAID, The Israel Forum for International Humanitarian Aid. ISRAAID is a coordinating body of Israeli and Jewish NGOs and other organizations that are active in development and relief work and concerned about global issues.
21. Jessica Felber
Jessica Felber, a UC Berkeley graduate with degrees in Economics and Legal Studies, served as the Co-President of Tikvah: Students for Israel, in her junior year. Subsequently, she broadened the scope of her work in Israel advocacy as the California Campus Coordinator of Hasbara Fellowships. She is currently the West Coast Director of Jerusalem U, where she continues to educate Jewish students and communities about Israel and its importance in the world.
22. Michelle Rojas-Tal
Michelle Rojas-Tal, the Diaspora Education Director at Stand With Us, coordinates all programs for International students in Israel including their flagship program, "The Ambassadors' Club". In 2009 and 2010, she was selected as a member of the ROI community; Lynn Schusterman’s network of Young Jewish Innovators. In addition to reaching out to activists abroad in South America, Australia and South Africa, Rojas-Tal has traveled to Switzerland, South Africa, Turkey, and Australia, being featured as a keynote speaker in numerous conferences and forums.
23. Mira Marcus
Mira Marcus is a communications consultant and Public Affairs Director at Headline Media, an international media consultancy firm. Prior, she served as Bureau Chief and Public Affairs Advisor to Minister of Public Security Avi Dichter. She is also an expert in public advocacy and political consulting and was selected by The European Union Parliament and the Peres Center for Peace for their Young Political Leaders Forum for the years 2009-2010. Marcus graduated from The Argov Fellowship for Leadership and Diplomacy at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya and was awarded the Legacy Heritage Fellowship.
24. Alan Levine
Alan Levine, Managing Director of Hasbara Fellowships, has trained hundreds of student to be pro-Israel activists. Previously, he focused on research and writing, where he concentrated on the activities of Hezbollah and Iran in Latin America. His writings have been featured in Front Page Magazine, InFocus Magazine, and National Review Online. Levine received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from UC Santa Barbara, where he first became involved in pro-Israel activism through Hasbara Fellowships.
From this course, I was able to better understand some of the background of Israel and therefore be able to educate my peers in a more knowledgeable.”Maggie WeinrebUnion College
I was amazed with the amount of information I did not know about Israel, which I am now so glad to be aware of.”Justin Leopold-CohenClark University
I really did enjoy taking this course! My parents are so proud that I can actually join in on their conversations about israel and politics! I am so happy that I was given this awesome opportunity.”Leeron FrancoNova Southeastern University
JOU really knows how to teach it! Interesting lectures that are actually enjoyable!”Daniel LevinUniversity of Florida
This idea of providing Jewish students around the world with exciting information is an amazing opportunity for everyone to be more involved with Judaism and Israel. This is a MUST for us because of the difficulties that Israel is facing every day.”Gabriela BerachaUniversity of Miami
The entire course was absolutely amazing! All topics were interesting, educational and important in our quest to becoming better advocates for Israel. The speakers were fantastic and very engaging! The readings were also great. I loved loved loved this class and would take it again in a heart beat! I learned so much and will encourage my peers to take this class as well. Thank you!”Arielle BouzoDawson College
Very helpful information on how to effectively speak for Israel, an issue that I have been struggling with when there are very aggressive and unrelenting anti-Israel students on campus.”Kari HochwaldUniversity of Florida
It really inspired me to become even more openly pro-Israel on campus.”Tessa NathUniversity of California Los Angeles
It was entertaining and informative. It showed what sets Israel apart from other countries and how important Israel is to the world.”Elina VeytsmanUniversity of California Los Angeles
The entire course, overall, completely and totally changed what I thought I knew, and changed my outlook on the situation in the Middle East. I literally went from an "End the Occupation" supporter to a Speak Up for Israel supporter.”Sarah HallBloomsburg University
As someone already heavily involved in Israel advocacy on my campus, I benefited greatly from Israel Inside/Out, which reinforced many of the concepts and facts I knew prior to taking the course, and expanded my vocabulary and knowledge base for use in pro-Israel endeavors."Zach GarberUniversity of Texas Austin
Israel Inside/Out taught me so much about the history of Israel and what it is currently achieving. I have benefit greatly from taking this course and thoroughly enjoyed it. This is one class you won't regret"Erica FreedlandUniversity of South Florida
It taught me about important facts, many of which I was previous unaware of. This helped me to further see how great Israel's contributions to the world are."Daniel BelooseskyState University of New York Albany
I thought the course was great! I really felt like I learned tons of information about the history of Israel, as well as the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. I got everything I wanted to get out of the course, and would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in what's happening in the Middle East.”Elana ZimmermanCapilano College
Learning about what Israel does for peace makes me respect it as a country even more than I already do."Jenna LivseyUniversity of Georgia
I loved this class, which literally had me in tears at times. It shows how Israel and the Jews have done right by the world, despite the criticism we receive from all over. Additionally, it shows all of our accomplishments over a relatively short period of time, while also fighting resistance from surrounding countries in the Middle East who seek to delegitimize Israel. I can only imagine what we could accomplish as a nation, on a global scale, if we are surrounded by peace.”Lexah CoppotelliFairfield University
People don't believe me when I told them that I voluntarily took classes online- and enjoyed them! Israel Inside-Out gave me the tools to defend Israel using facts, historical evidence, and how to clarify any misconceptions about Israel. In short, I learned to love Israel for their justice and self-reliance. Any of the classes will be interesting, engaging, and make you excited to learn! :)”Maddy FisherUniversity of Florida
I have to tell you, this class has been magnificant! I just got back from my Birthright trip and this class has helped me continue my education at my own pace and at my leisure. I have learned numerous things that I didn't know before and I have found the material enlightening, shocking, jaw dropping, helpful, educational, and most of all, inspiring. My favorite class in the series was definitely the one about supporting Israel on campus. I liked it the most because it applies to me the most. In addition, the class about how exactly to speak for Israel and the three main things to know when having a conversation with someone was the best! The most difficult thing I always always always experience is I know what to say in regards to Israel, but I don't know how to say it. I don't know what key points to touch on to get a point across so instead of saying something I usually just keep quiet. Well, not any longer. I feel more confident with my knowledge of Israel and my voice to speak for Israel. Thank you for offering this class and I hope others will continue to sign up and take the class as I have! “Liza Naomi AbramsUniversity Of Nevada, Las Vegas