Graduate Certificate in Israel Education at The George Washington University

In partnership between The iCenter and The George Washington University, this inaugural cohort offers the only opportunity of its kind: an academic certificate program in Israel education. This one-year hybrid program integrates the best of Israel studies and experiential education.


The George Washington University logoThe graduate-level professional Certificate Program in Israel Education provides students the opportunity to take part in a year-long integrative experience that uniquely combines content knowledge, pedagogy, human relations, and site-based experiences, in the creation of a new approach to teaching and learning about Israel.


Students will acquire the skills to:

  • Apply vision-based learning concepts to practical educational strategies;
  • Learn techniques to critically evaluate existing issues and practices in the field;
  • Design experiential educational programs;
  • Evaluate the needs and interests of the diverse range of players in the contemporary Jewish community;
  • Analyze and engage with historical and contemporary politics, culture and geography of Israel;
  • Apply the foundational principles, pedagogies and tools of Israel education to formal and informal educational environments.

Designed for working professionals, students in the program have the opportunity to apply new skills in both real world and classroom settings.



The program is aimed at Jewish educators and communal professionals who want to make Israel education a full-time profession, as well as Jewish professionals (educators, community and organizational leaders, clergy) who want to develop competencies for Israel education.



Students will earn 15 graduate-level credit hours. Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a Professional Certificate from The George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development.



  • The Israel Educational Experience (4 credits) An eight-day exploration and analysis of the current issues that characterize 21st century Israeli society
  • Introduction to Experiential Jewish Education (4 credits) Introduction to the theory and practice of experiential Jewish education in a variety of settings, addressing the relationship of education to identity development
  • American Jews’ Relationship to Israel in the 21st Century (2 credits) An examination of the relationships of young North American Jews and the broader North American Jewish community to the State of Israel, particularly in the context of current political and ideological dynamics
  • Studies in Contemporary Israel: Politics, Sociology, Arts and Culture, Demography (3 credits)
  • Paideia and Education (2 credits) Analysis of the concept of Paideia and its implications for the development of a theory and practice of experiential Israel education today



  • Late August/early September: Two-day in-person program launch
  • Fall semester: online course
  • November 10-12, 2019: In-person seminar
  • Spring semester: online course
  • March 15-17, 2020: In-person seminar
  • Summer 2020: Israel-based seminar. Students may have a choice of two sessions:
    • May 31 - June 7th, 2020, OR
    • July 19-July 26, 2020

*Seminar dates are tentative



Students will learn with a renowned international faculty whose integrated vision and and pedagogical approach represent a new direction in the creation of an academic field of Israel education.



  • Complete Step 1 of the Online iCenter Application
  • Select applicants will be asked to schedule an interview with program faculty.
  • Following the interview, select students will be asked to submit Step 2 of the Online iCenter Application which includes submission of a letter of reference and undergraduate and graduate transcripts.
  • Submit GW application to the GW online portal, including an $80 application fee





Each student is responsible for $4,000, with the hope that students’ employers will participate in the funding of their participation.

Total cost per student, including academic credit hours, materials, travel and room and board is $20,000. Thanks to generous support from the Jim Joseph Foundation, all students accepted into the program will receive a $16,000 scholarship.

Financial assistance is available, please contact for more information.


Student Cohorts

Joshua Ackman
Temple Shaarei Shalom
Lisa Armony
Jewish Federation & Family Services
Toby Ayash
Authentic Israel
Nikki Baron
Rutgers Hillel
Matt Berger
Hillel International
Claire Brunhild
Beth David Reform Congregation
Melissa Cohavi
Congregation B�nai Yisrael
Shoshana Gibbor
MIT Hillel
Candice Goldstein
Perlman Camp
Alissa Hartnig
JNF/Alexander Muss High School in Israel
Jason Holtzman
Hillel International
Elan Kramer
Columbia/Barnard Hillel
Moshe Lencer
Alpha Epsilon Pi
Jessica Lieberman
Hebrew Public
Tina Malka
Hillel International
Abby Newburger
Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
Joel Pachefsky
Erin Robbins
Camp Yavneh
Rachel See
Kehillat Israel
Peta Silansky
Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas
Dror Stein
Hillel International
Mason Voit
Shauna Waltman
Camp Solelim
Shira Weissbach
Temple Sinai


This academically rigorous program addresses the needs of the field and the community. It allows professionals committed to Israel education the opportunity to learn from top scholars and from each other, as together, we seek to develop innovative approaches, and to experiment and get feedback from a trusted group of colleagues.
- Lisa Armony, Cohort 1
This program already has helped me garner a deeper understanding of the education and engagement philosophies that Hillels utilize on campuses across the country and around the world. I find I am already using the lessons I’ve learned in my conversations with my colleagues and stakeholders.
- Matthew Berger, Cohort 1