Master’s Concentration in Israel Education (iFellows)

The Master’s Concentration in Israel Education nurtures and challenges the next generation of knowledgeable and passionate educational leaders committed to the integral role of Israel in contemporary Jewish life. Its goal is to develop an approach to Israel education rooted in a sophisticated understanding of contemporary Israel and its history, combined with an innovative educational strategy and practice.

Join the next cohort of North American graduate and rabbinic students, working together with Israeli educators to shape the future of Israel education.

This program convenes students studying in a broad spectrum of graduate institutions preparing Jewish communal leaders in education, rabbinical studies, non-profit management, and allied fields. 


Program Components

Cohort Learning Framework

Students participate in three Chicago-based intensive seminars facilitated by an eclectic faculty comprised of leading Israel educators from around the world. The dates for Cohort 9 are as follows:

  • May 21 - 23, 2019: A Relational Approach to Israel Education
  • January 6 - 8, 2019: Creating a Culture of Israel Education
  • June 1 - 4, 2020*: On Becoming Agents of Change

*The June 2020 dates will either be June 1-3 or June 2-4.

Masters Concentration - Participating Schools

Relationship Building

Israeli educators participate as part of the cohort, enabling relationship building and meaningful dialogue on education and Israel.

Individualized Mentoring

Students benefit from a personalized pairing with premier professionals for a best-in-class mentor experience. 

An Israel Experience

Students receive a $2,000 stipend to create an individualized learning experience in Israel.

Student Work

Students choose a topic of interest in Israel education to research and write a 5-7 page analytic mid-term paper and develop a creative educational final project for use in the field.

Israel Education Network

Join an international network of 200+ iFellows representing Jewish/Israel leadership of today and tomorrow. 

 

Questions?

For more information about the iFellows Master’s Concentration in Israel Education, please contact Erika Vogel (erika@theicenter.org) or call 847.418.8336.

 

Student Cohorts

Bella Ben-Shach
Brandeis University
Rachel Cort
Spertus Institute
Michael Emerson
New York University
Allie Fischman
Hebrew Union College LA
Seth Grauer
Yeshiva University
Amanda Greene
Hebrew Union College LA
Deborah Harris
Spertus Institute
Ami Hersh
Jewish Theological Seminary
Abby Kerbel
Jewish Theological Seminary
Lisa Kingston
Hebrew Union College NY
Jenny Kirsch
Brandeis University
Josh Knobel
Hebrew Union College LA
Sarah Lauing
Hebrew Union College LA
Jessica Lebovits
Hebrew Union College LA
Rachel Levin
Hebrew Union College LA
Hannah Rubin-Schlansky
Hebrew Union College LA
Tom Samuels
Spertus Institute
Erica Saunders
New York University
Alana Tilman
Jewish Theological Seminary
Brian Avner
Hebrew Union College - LA
Bill Bietsch
Spertus Institute
Rebecca Bigman
New York University
Ilene Bloom
Jewish Theological Seminary
Ira Blum
Brandeis University
Adena Blum
Hebrew Union College - NY
Heather Erez
Hebrew Union College - EMA
Dara Freedman-Weiss
Brandeis University
Kendra Gerstein
Spertus Institute
Mandy Herlich
Hebrew Union College - NY
Shaun Hoffman
Spertus Institute
Andrea LeVine
Jewish Theological Seminary
Nina Loftspring
Hebrew Union College - NY
Rachel Marks
Hebrew Union College - LA
Matthew Nover
Jewish Theological Seminary
Rina Perkel
Spertus Institute
Judi Price-Rosen
Brandeis University
Yana Tolmacheva
Hebrew Union College - LA
Bess Wohlner
Hebrew Union College - LA
Daniel Alter
Hebrew Union College - LA
Becky Berkman
Spertus Institute
Ashley Berns-Chafetz
Hebrew Union College - LA
Arielle Branitsky
Hebrew Union College - NY
David Cohen
Hebrew Union College - EMA
Hannah Cohen
American Jewish University
Yael Dadoun
Hebrew Union College - NY
Lindsey Danziger
Hebrew Union College - Cincinnati
Scott Frankel
Spertus Institute
Sharon Graetz
Hebrew Union College - LA
Josh Herman
Hebrew Union College - Cincinnati
Jodie Honigman
New York University
Levy Kerzhner
Brandeis University
Rachel Kesner
Spertus Institute
Dusty Klass
Hebrew Union College - LA
Meredith Levick
Jewish Theological Seminary
Jay LeVine
Hebrew Union College - LA
Steven Morris
Hebrew Union College - NY
Ariel Naveh
Hebrew Union College - Cincinnati
Geoffrey Poor
Brandeis University
Jason Pressberg
Brandeis University
Becka Ross
Hebrew Union College - LA
Yuliya Serebryana
Brandeis University
Mollie Sharfman
Jewish Theological Seminary
Hannah Sherman
Brandeis University
Jeremy Shine
American Jewish University
Ilana Sidorsky
Jewish Theological Seminary
Daniel Utley
Hebrew Union College - LA
Samantha Vinokor
Jewish Theological Seminary
Akiko Yonekawa
American Jewish University
Lior Abarbanel
JAFI
Brittany Abramowicz
Spertus Institute
Yahav Barnea
JAFI
Matti Barzilai
Hebrew Union College - LA
Dana Benson
Hebrew Union College - Cincinnati
Ariel Berkowicz
New York University
David Bigio
Brandeis University
Jessica Bram
Hebrew Union College - LA
Eric Chafetz
American Jewish University
Leah Citrin
Hebrew Union College - Cincinnati
Daniel Cohen
Spertus Institute
Allison Cohen
Hebrew Union College - Cincinnati
Eli Cohn
Brandeis University
Sarah Cort
Spertus Institute
Nadav Eylon
JAFI
Ariel Feinstein
Hebrew Union College - LA
Jeanna Gailar-Francis
Hebrew Union College - EMA
Jeremy Gimbel
Hebrew Union College - LA
Rebekkah Gold
Jewish Theological Seminary
Abram Goodstein
Hebrew Union College - LA
Efrat Indig
JAFI
Debbie Kardon-Schwartz
Hebrew Union College - EMA
Heather Kufert
Brandeis University
Aaron Levi
New York University
Amit Levinson
JAFI
Gabriel Meyerson
American Jewish University
Rachel Mylan
Hebrew Union College - LA
Lianne Novak-Tomer
JAFI
Stacy Petersohn
Hebrew Union College - LA
Benjamin Rotenberg
Jewish Theological Seminary
Aaron Sataloff
Hebrew Union College - LA
Joseph Shamash
American Jewish University
Tamara Sharon Ross
JAFI
Terri Soifer
Jewish Theological Seminary
Roy Swissa
JAFI
Evan Taksar
Brandeis University
Sabrina Taran
Brandeis University
Aaron Weinberg
Brandeis University
Alex Willick
Jewish Theological Seminary
Joel Abramson
Brandeis University
Ezra Balser
Hebrew College
Adam Bellows
Hebrew Union College - Cincinnati
Snait Ben-Herut
Hebrew College
Polly Berg
Hebrew Union College - Cincinnati
Max Einsohn
Hebrew Union College - NY
Noah Ferro
Hebrew Union College - Cincinnati
Liron Finkelstein
Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee
Benjamin Fried
Hebrew Union College - LA
Joshua Gibbs
Spertus Institute
Anna Gorbikoff
Spertus Institute
Lihi Gordon
Hillel Foundation of Orange County
Joseph Harary
Yeshiva University
David Korenthal
Brandeis University
Kelly Kossar
Jewish Theological Seminary
Lillian Kowalski
Hebrew Union College - LA
Tess Levine
Hebrew Union College - NY
Ashley Marx
Hebrew Union College - LA
Eric Maurer
Brandeis University
Teri McGuire
Brandeis University
Menachem Menchel
Yeshiva University
Sara Miller
Brandeis University
Nasya Miller
Spertus Institute
Maia Morag
Jewish Federation of Cincinnati
Yifat Mukades
American Jewish University
Beth Pennamacoor
Hebrew College
Allyson Resnik
Hebrew Union College - Cincinnati
Dale Rosenberg
Hebrew College
Naomi Rosenfeld
Brandeis University
Samuel Rosenstein
Hebrew College
Yonatan Sacker
Regional Representative to the Midwest
Rebecca Schatz
American Jewish University
Simone Schicker
Hebrew Union College - Cincinnati
Tikva Shapiro
Hebrew College
Elizabeth Singer
Jewish Theological Seminary
Jeff Stombaugh
Hebrew Union College - LA
Jessica Wainer
Hebrew Union College - Cincinnati
Herschel "Brodie" Aberson
American Jewish University
Carrie Barbakoff
Spertus Institute
Rachel Barnehama
Hebrew Union College - New York
Lucy Batterman
Hebrew Union College - New York
Jacob Bernstein
Yeshiva University
Danya Borenstein
Spertus Institute
Julie Bressler
Hebrew Union College - Los Angeles
Jordy Cohen
Hebrew Union College - Cincinnati
Alon Dotan
Federation CJA - Montreal
Shlomi Edelshtein
TanenbaumCHAT
Mollie Feldman
Brandeis University
Matan Glazer
Yeshiva University
Elana Goldberg
Jewish Theological Seminary
Eliezah Hoffman
New York University
Jessica Jobanek
Jewish Theological Seminary
Lisa Kassow
Hebrew Union College - Executive Masters Program
Rachel Kaufman
American Jewish University
Samuel Kaye
Hebrew Union College - Cincinnati
Sasha Kopp
Hebrew Union College - Los Angeles
Moshe Levi
Jewish Federation of Greater Metrowest NJ
Max Miller
Hebrew Union College - Cincinnati
Rachael Miller
Hebrew Union College - Cincinnati
Murray Mizrachi
Spertus Institute
Sophie Needelman
Hebrew College
Elana Nemitoff
Hebrew Union College - Los Angeles
Natasha Newman Tobin
American Jewish University
Wilma Oskar
Hebrew College
Kevin Peters
Jewish Theological Seminary
Amanda Phillips
Jewish Theological Seminary
Hadas Rave
Hebrew Union College - Executive Masters Program
Bailey Romano
Hebrew Union College - Cincinnati
Moshe Samuels
B'nai Jeshrun NYC
Josh Satok
Brandeis University
Nadav Savaia
Spertus Institute/URJ
Tamar Schachaf-Schneider
Brandeis University
Talya Shalem
Hebrew College
Rachel Smith
Jewish Theological Seminary
Gilat Valdfogel
Friends of Israel Scouts
Rina Wagman
Brandeis University
Vicki Weber
Hebrew Union College - Executive Masters Program
David Winship
Hebrew College
Laura Wolfson
Hebrew Union College - Executive Masters Program
Amit Yaniv-Zehavi
Milwaukee Federation
Noah Zaves
Brandeis University
Ben Zeiger
Hebrew Union College - Los Angeles
Liora Alban
Hebrew Union College - Los Angeles
Willie Balk
Yeshiva University
Roberta Bergstein
Hebrew College
Beryl Bessemer
American Jewish University
Emily Besthoff
Hebrew Union College - New York
Erin Binder
Hebrew Union College - New York
Victoria Chabot
Yeshiva University
Simcha Cohen
Hebrew Union College - Executive Masters
Shlomit Cohen Revzen
Jewish Theological Seminary
Lynn Anne Cutler
Jewish Theological Seminary
Diana Diner
Jewish Theological Seminary
Rachel Dubowe
Hebrew Union College - Los Angeles
Alexander Eisen
Jewish Theological Seminary
Daniel Freedman
Hebrew Union College - Los Angeles
Michelle Geft
American Jewish University
Hait Gilad
Shaliach - Israeli Scouts LA
Larry Ginsburg
New York University
Aniko Gomory
Jewish Theological Seminary
David Goodman
Reconstructionist Rabbinic College
Deryn Harbin
Brandeis University
Mikey Hess Webber
Reconstructionist Rabbinic College
Emily Holtzman
American Jewish University
Joshua Hooper
Jewish Theological Seminary
Aklile Kebede
Shaliach - Youth Movement Betar Shlicha in Cleveland
Yaara Koren
Shaliach - USY in LA
Rose Levenson
Brandeis University
Arielle Levy
Hebrew College
Merav Livneh-Dill
Shaliach Columbus OH
Ariel Magal
Shaliach Long Island NY
Aviv Maman
Spertus Institute
Jacob Markey
Brandeis University
Liz Paige
Hebrew Union College - Executive Masters
Kayla Reisman
Brandeis University
Mikhael Reuven
Brandeis University
Sarah Rosenbaum
Hebrew Union College - Los Angeles
Dan Ross
Hebrew Union College - New York
Jade Sank
Hebrew Union College - New York
Gisela Schon
Hebrew College
Alyssa Schwager
Jewish Theological Seminary
Pammie Shapiro
Hebrew College
Shara Siegfeld
Hebrew Union College - Executive Masters
Herschel Singer
Brandeis University
Joanna Spyra
Brandeis University
Bailee Star
Hebrew Union College - Executive Masters
Sarah Van Loon
Spertus Institute
Rebecca Weiner
Hebrew College
Noam Willner
Shaliach Brooklyn NY
Liel Zahavi-Asa
Rutgers University
Benjamin Zober
Hebrew Union College - Cincinnati
Seth Abramson
New York University
Taylor Baruchel
HUC - Cincinnati
Sharon Ben Ami
Shlichah
Leslie Black
Brandeis
Claire Brunhild
Reconstructionist Rabbinic College
Hallie Chandler
Jewish Theological Seminary
Shaylee Cioban
Shlichah
Denise Crevin
HUC - EMA
Hannah Elkin
HUC - Los Angeles
Gideon Feit
New York University
Jeremy Fineberg
Jewish Theological Seminary
Tali Flomenhoft
Brandeis
Brenda Footer
HUC - EMA
Eliyahu Freedman
Yeshivat Chovevei Torah
Katie Goldig
Brandeis
Rivkah Good
Hebrew College
Elizabeth Gossage
Spertus
Lori Green
HUC - EMA
William Hall
HUC - Cincinnati
Justin Held
Hebrew College
David Helfand
American Jewish University
Sara Himeles
American Jewish University
Samuel Hollander
Jewish Theological Seminary
Emma Jaszczak
HUC - Los Angeles
Philip Kaplan
Yeshivat Chovevei Torah
Keren Weisshaus
Shlichah
Alexandra Kurland
HUC - New York
Jessie Lavintman
Jewish Theological Seminary
Eliezer Lawrence
Yeshivat Chovevei Torah
Kevin Lefkowitz
American Jewish University
Moshe Lencer
Hebrew University
Alison Levy
Hebrew College
Tzachi Levy
Shaliach
Joanne Loiben
HUC - Los Angeles
Jonathan Marx
Brandeis
Joshua Mellits
Brandeis
Nomi Mitchell
Hebrew University
Hai Piasezky
Shaliach
Yanira Qui_ones
Jewish Theological Seminary
Shari Rothstein
HUC - EMA
Ana Sazonov
Shlichah
Andrea Shapiro
Hebrew College
Ruben Shimonov
New York University
Natalie Louise Shribman
HUC - Cincinnati
Caroline Sim
HUC - Cincinnati
Amanda Snow
Jewish Theological Seminary
Aliza Sperling
Yeshivat Maharat
Amit Stern
Shaliach
Marc Stober
Hebrew College
Zissy Turner
Yeshiva University
Yair Walton
HUC - Cincinnati
Christina Wilson
American Jewish University
Rabbi Scott Aaron
Cheryl Aronson
Judy Aronson
Basmat Hazan Arnoff
Dasee Berkowitz
Dr. David Bryfman
Nina Butler
Dr. Barry Chazan
Andrew Davids
Rabbi Ellen Dreyfus
Vanessa Ehrlich
Rabbi Josh Feigelson
Eve Fein
Rabbi Morley Feinstein
Rebecca Joy Fletcher
Aileen Goldstein
Lisa Goldstein
RJE
Clare Goldwater
Dvora Goodman
Dr. Gil Graff
Diane Halivni
Maxine Siegal Handelman
Rabbi Ari Hart
Rabbi Ami Hersh
Dr. Betsy Katz
Dr. Jan Katzew
Simon Klarfeld
Yehuda Kurtzer
Dr. Sally Klein-Katz
Anne Lanski
Rabbi Allan Lehmann
Dr. Hal Lewis
Lesley Litman
Aliza Mazor
Rabbi Michael Mellen
Dr. David Mendelsson
Rabbi Jay Moses
Debbie Neiderman
Deanna Neil
Monise Neumann
Rabbi Avi Orlow
Shalom Orzach
Dr. Zohar Raviv
Rabbi James Sagarin
Lori Sagarin
Rebecca Einstein Schorr
Carl Schrag
Jane Shapiro
Michael Soberman
Rabbi Bradley Solmsen
Anne Stein
Adam Stewart
Shuki Taylor
Vavi Toran
Rabbi Josh Weinberg
Adam Weisberg
Rabbi Yehudit Werchow
Ofra Backenroth
Jewish Theological Seminary
David Elcott
New York University
Rona Novick
Yeshiva University
Tal Rosen
Spertus Institute
Michael Shire
Hebrew College
Ellen Smith
Brandeis University
Sivan Zakai
American Jewish University
Michael Zeldin
Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion

Quotes

For the first time in my rabbinic career, this program has made me feel like an educator.
- iFellow, Cohort 3
The program reshaped the way I view Jewish education in general—my conception of what education means, what it can represent, and how we provide opportunities for people to learn.
- iFellow, Cohort 1
Israel education is about the people and the important role they play. I’m honored to be a part of an organization that brings together such high quality meaningful conversations and experiences.
- iFellow, Cohort 3
I really love the community we’ve built here and the resources that we were not only given, but actually shown how to use.
- iFellow, Cohort 4