Program to Help Teens Become Israel Experts

Atlanta-based CIE is holding its fourth Teen Israel Leadership Institute in November, with others in the months ahead.

In partnership with the Emory University Institute for the Study for Modern Israel, TILI will run over two Sundays, Nov. 8 and 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. ET. Applications from teens across the country are welcome.

Interactive, innovative and online, the sessions offer Jewish 10th- to 12th-graders educational activities and experiences that acquaint and deepen knowledge about Israel’s place in Jewish history and enable them to answer how Jews sought, made and are sustaining a state. Topics include Israel’s changing borders, the connection between Jewish identity and Israel, Israel in the media, Israeli culture and politics, and what to expect about Israel on college campuses.

After the institute, with the guidance of CIE staff, each participant is asked to deliver an Israel learning program for a community, synagogue, school or youth group, whether a one-time event or an ongoing series. Projects can be collaborative efforts.

Comments from previous workshop participants and the application are available through Applications are due Oct. 25; as they are reviewed on a rolling basis, teens are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Participants pay a $54 fee for the program.

Students who complete the program will earn the CIE Teen Israel Leadership Institute Certificate in Israel Education.

If interested, please connect with CIE’s teen program manager, Michele Freesman, at