Rachel Fish PhD '13

"In a world in which ideas are often truncated to 140 characters, our approach is countercultural: We are asking what it means to be literate about Israel in the 21st century. To answer that requires that we transmit complex ideas in an accessible manner..."

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Video from Youth Leadership Conference on Israel

Israel Education Project

Brandeis Students

The Israel Education Project (IEP) aims to improve understanding of Israeli history, politics, culture, and society among American audiences beyond the university. 

Our ultimate goal is to create a growing corps of Israel-literate educators and community leaders who will enrich public discourse about Israel. 


IEP has partnered with the following organizations in developing educational workshops on Israel Studies.
  • The Avi Chai Foundation is sponsoring an Educators' Conference on "Anti-Zionism to Anti-Semitism: Preparing High-School Students for the New Reality." Over 150 educators from around the country have signed up to attend this Ft. Lee conference November 14-15, 2016. To view the Schusterman Center-developed program, see here.
  • JCRC of New York is sponsoring its 2nd Faculty Engagement Program, "Israel: Balance and Complexity," taking place in New York City January 9-12, 2018. For details...

  • This summer (2016) the Schusterman Center hosted, for the first time, a Brandeis Youth Leadership Conference on Israel  for college-bound teens seeking to lead the discourse about Israel on campus.
  • A workshop for American Jewish Committee Northeast field office professionals was held in March 2014. This workshop was based on the educational model that Brandeis operates through Brandeis’ Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program. 
Part of the content included a webinar led by Professor Donna Divine of Smith College on "Israeli Political Culture."
  • On October 17, 2013, we partnered with the Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies to offer a continuing development workshop for high-school educators in the Boston area. “Unearthing the Dead Sea Scrolls: Religion, Politics and the Science of  its Excavation” provided an opening session and museum visit followed by two webinar programs.
  • On August 12-16, 2013, we led a pilot workshop in collaboration with the UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project. The Schusterman Center and the UCBH-SSP conducted a five-day teacher-training workshop for public secondary school educators. The first of its kind designed for this audience, the program serves as a model for high school educators elsewhere.