Graduate Certificate in Israel Education at The George Washington University

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


The George Washington University logoThe Graduate Certificate Program in Israel Education is a year-long 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.


The program is designed to:

  • Advance the sophistication and professionalization of the Field of Israel Education, including its relationship with the North American Jewish educational landscape;
  • Provide rigorous academic study and training to a generation of dynamic Israel educators in the field;
  • Create a community of professional Israel educators who will serve as catalysts for creating and implementing high-quality Israel education for diverse learners.



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 acquire the skills to:

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



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



Students earn 15 graduate-level credit hours. Upon successful completion of the program, students receive a Graduate 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 in Israel of the current issues that characterize 21st century Israeli society
  • Introduction to Experiential Jewish Education (4 credits) 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 North American Jews and the broader North American Jewish community to the State of Israel
  • 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



Throughout the course of the year, students receive individualized mentoring from experts in the field.



  • August 25-27, 2019: Two-day in-person program launch
  • Fall Semester 2019: Online course
  • November 10-12, 2019: In-person seminar
  • Spring Semester 2020: Online course
  • March 16-18, 2020: In-person seminar
  • Summer 2020: Israel-based seminar

*Seminar dates are tentative



  • 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 $4,400, 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 $20,400. 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

Natalie Blitt
The iCenter
Yael Dadoun
Temple Ohev Sholom
Peter Eckstein
Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County
Ira Glasser
Rodeph Sholom School
Avi Gordon
Alums for Campus Fairness
Karin Hammou
Embassy of Israel
Nathalie Landesman
Stanford Hillel
Anna Langer
The iCenter
Andrew Maayan
Woodstock Jewish Congregation
Zehavit Meltzer
Camp Massad
Deborah Miller
Jewish Community Relations Council of Washington DC
Liz Paige
The McGillis School
Yanira Quiñones
Temple Beth Abraham
Mina Rush
Shara Siegfeld
Congregation Beth Emeth
Nate Strauss
Michigan State University Hillel
Orr Viznitser
University of Michigan Hillel
Emily Yehezkel
Israel Policy Forum
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
J Fed 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