About the iCenter
The iCenter works to advance high-quality, meaningful and innovative Israel education by serving as the national hub and catalyst for building, shaping and supporting the field.
The iCenter envisions generations of young North American Jews for whom contemporary Israel is an integral and vibrant part of their personal and collective Jewish identity. This vision includes a pre-K through grade 12 Jewish educational system in North America that fully incorporates Israel – people, land, history, language and culture – into the very fiber of its overall mission. Jewish educators across the system will see the engendering of knowledge about, and connection with, Israel as essential to their educational agenda. Furthermore, Jewish educational institutions will integrate Israel into all areas of learning and activity.
The iCenter seeks to establish a discernable field of pre-collegiate Israel education that is defined by: standards of excellence; relevant and contemporary materials; effective approaches to teaching; high quality professional development; a recognizable cadre of field leaders; and a well-identified address for the field’s continued growth and development. Ultimately, the iCenter envisions a North American Jewish communal agenda in which Israel education is a high priority. This will lead to generations of North American Jewish youth who have developed meaningful personal relationships with the people and the State of Israel and view Israel as an integral and inspiring component of their identities.
- Cultivate Educators - Facilitate professional learning opportunities that help educators deepen their practice and expand their potential
- Develop Educational Resources - Create and curate an eclectic and rich array of resources relevant in all types of Jewish educational settings
- Advance the Field - Convene forums and nurture networks for collaboration, research and deliberation among leaders and stakeholders