Newly Updated! Israel Education for the YouTube Generation
A fresh, new Israel education program created to spur interest, inspire, and engage students in middle school and high school. Israel Inside/Out features leading Mideast experts including: Professor Alan Dershowitz, Sir Martin Gilbert, Professor Bernard Lewis, Ambassador Dore Gold, Fern Oppenheim, and Ambassador Danny Ayalon.
- A full year, all-inclusive Israel curriculum
- Engaging movies and clips, including the award-winning film Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference
- A rich and comprehensive Teacher's Guide
- Thought-provoking discussion questions
- Creative activities, simulations, quizzes…and more
This course takes students on an exciting journey into Israel’s history, culture, politics and passion. Exploring the intrigues and intricacies of the past and present, students will gain a deeper understanding of their land, their people and their ancient roots. The course is designed for 8th-12th grade students in day schools, supplementary schools, JCCs and youth groups.
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This Jerusalem U course was created in partnership with JNF
- A teacher’s curriculum comprised of 30 classes. Each 50-minute class follows a uniform format.
- DVD’s, with a total of 100 hours of film content
- Israel 101 Booklet for classroom use
- 1-year use of the course
Click here to see the Teacher's Guide.
Each class consists of a combination of the following:
Instructive & dynamic film clips
Questions and answers & Open discussions
Handouts, Creative writing & Group projects
Small group projects & Role playing
Class 1: Introduction
Students will learn about the course and begin to examine Israel's role internationally, as well as in their personal lives.
- Israel I/O Trailer
- Intro to the History
- Defying the Odds
- Obsession with Israel
Class 2: Israel 360
Students will learn about Israel, its culture, and what makes the country unique.
- Israel Innovation
- Israel 360
Class 3: Israel and the West
Students will learn about the Jewish values that are the foundation of Israeli and Western culture.
- Wisdom of the West
- Shared Values
- Israel Gives Back
Class 4: History of the Land of Israel
Students will be introduced to the two differing narratives of the Middle East conflict, and will learn about the Jewish people's historical connection to the Land of Israel.
- Occupation 101
- History of the Land of Israel
Class 5: The Ottoman Era
Students will continue learning about Israel's history, and explore the claims made on the land by the three main world religions.
- The Ottoman Empire
Class 6: The Birth of Zionism
Students will learn about the founding of modern Zionism and the building blocks of the State of Israel.
- The Birth of Zionism
Class 7: The Conflict of Creation
Students will learn about the major features that led directly to the creation of the State of Israel.
- The Conflict of Creation
Class 8: A State is Born
Students will learn about Israel's Declaration of Independence, the War of Independence, the symbolism of Israel's flag, and other elements in the formation of the State.
- A State is Born
- The War of Independence
- The People and the Land
Class 9: Early Years of the State
Students will learn about the events that led up to the Six Day War, Israel's response, and how Israel recovered.
- Early Years of the State
- The Six Day War
- Aftermath of the Six Day War
- Occupation 101
Class 10: Peace and War
Students will learn about the wars and terror offensives waged against Israel and will identify the main obstacles on the road to peace.
- War and Terror
- Peace and War
Class 11: Negotiating Parties
Students will learn about Israel's efforts to achieve peace through negotiations and the responses it has received from the Palestinian leadership.
- Negotiating Parties
Class 12: Land and Borders
Students will learn about the history of Israel's borders, the controversy surrounding the disputed territories and the claim of Israeli "occupation."
- Palestinian Issues
- Israeli Claims to Land
Class 13: Settling the Land
Students will learn about the argument over Israeli settlement presence in the disputed territories.
- Occupation 101
- Settlement Considerations
Class 14: Refugees and Security
Students will learn about Palestinian and Israeli refugee status and Israeli negotiation for national security.
- Occupation 101
- Security in Israel
Class 15: Negotiating Peace
Students will participate in a simulation in which they will attempt to negotiate a peace treaty between the Israelis and Palestinians.
Class 16: Attempting Peace: The Oslo Accords
Students will learn about the Oslo Accords and grade Israel's fulfillment of the commitments they made.
- Oslo Accords
- Oslo Accords: Israeli Commitment
Class 17: Attempting Peace: Oslo and Beyond
Students will grade Palestinian fulfillment of the commitments made during the Oslo Accords and learn about major post-Oslo peace negotiations.
- Oslo Accords: Palestinian Commitments
- Other Attempts at Peace
Class 18: The Disengagement
Students will learn about Israel's unilateral disengagement from Gaza and the political and social reactions to this concession.
- The Disengagement
- Aftermath of the Disengagement
- Where is Peace?
- Hide and Seek
Class 19: US & Israel
Students will learn about facts and myths surrounding Israel's relationship with the US and will discuss the American aliyah phenomena.
- Occupation 101
- Sister Nations
Class 20: A Radical Threat
Students will learn about the global threat of radical Islam and its role as a shared threat that unites Israel and the US.
- Shared Threats
- Radical Islam
- Tehran to Damascus
Class 21: Israeli Aid
Students will learn about Israel's global humanitarian aid and relief programs.
- Love of Humanity
Class 22: Israeli Innovation
Students will learn about Israel's world contributions in areas of medical, diagnostic, environmental and technological advancements, and discuss the Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions movement.
- Scientific Contributions
- Light unto Nations
- The Best Boycott
Class 23: Israel in the Media I
Students will learn about the media's role in shaping both public opinion and foreign policy regarding Israel.
- Media Bias
Class 24: Israel in the Media II
Students will learn about forms of anti-Israel media bias and discuss the rationale behind the world's preconceptions of Israel.
- Editing the Truth
- Basis for Bias
Class 25: The Case for Israel: Part I
Students will review key points of the Middle East conflict as presented by Professor Alan Dershowitz in the film The Case for Israel.
- The Case for Israel I: History
- The Case for Israel I: Democracy
Class 26: The Case for Israel: Part II
Students will continue to watch The Case for Israel and review key points of the Middle East conflict.
- The Case for Israel II
Class 27: Israel Update
Students will learn about current events in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including the Lebanon war, Operation Cast Lead and the Gaza Flotilla.
- Galloway Interview: Lebanon War
- Operation Cast Lead I
- Operation Cast Lead II
- Operation Cast Lead III
- Al Jazeera: The Gaza Flotilla
- The Mavi Marmara
Class 28: Crossing the Line
Students will learn about and examine anti-Israel and anti-Semitic attacks occurring on North-American college campuses.
- Crossing the Line I
- Crossing the Line II
Class 29: Stand Up for Israel
Students will have an opportunity to put their education into action by learning and implementing techniques that will allow them to respond to challenges in support of Israel.
- The Middle East Problem
Class 30: Making a Difference
Students will learn how localized efforts can meaningfully affect public opinion and directly strengthen the State of Israel.
- Children Change the World
- Daniel in the Lions' Den
- Hate on Facebook
The StandWithUs Israel 101 booklet is a part of many classes. It is made available to each school as a helpful source of foundational information and may be used for further learning. To view this booklet online, visit http://standwithus.com/ONLINE_BOOKLETS/?BID=1
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. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. Professor Mordechai Kedar
Professor 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. 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.
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