Graduate Degree in Israel Education at The George Washington University

Created through a unique partnership between The iCenter and The George Washington University, the Graduate Certificate and Master’s in Israel Education are the only programs of their kind, offering rigorous academic training in the fields of Experiential Education and Israel studies.

Engage with Israel and the Professional Community

Students learn historical and contemporary politics, culture, geography, sociology, and language of Israel, through a series of courses (see course listing) that includes an eight-day on-site seminar in Israel. The program’s emphasis on collaborative learning and relationship-building fosters the development of a cohort among participants and results in a strong professional network of Israel educators throughout North America and Israel.


Choose the Academic Opportunity that Meets Your Needs

Students complete a one-year, 15-credit academic experience, culminating in a Graduate Certificate, and may choose to continue for a second year to receive an additional 15 credits and a Master’s Degree in Israel Education.

Both tracks offer students a unique combination of content knowledge, pedagogy, human relations, and site-based experiences. Those students who continue on to the Master’s Degree receive further academic training in experiential education and Israel studies in addition to specialized course work of their choosing, and independent Hebrew language study. All coursework is designed to support direct application of weekly learnings into students’ current Jewish workplaces. The program is offered part-time (hybrid on-campus/on-line) for field professionals over the course of two academic years.


Learn with the Leaders in the Field

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


Join the Next Generation of Israel Educators

The field of Israel Education is one of the most important new areas of Jewish professional growth and impact in the 21st century. These programs are 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. Leading agencies and educational settings in which our students currently work include:

• Hillel International
• The Jewish Federation
• Stand With Us
• Embassy of Israel
• Rodeph Shalom School
• Columbia/Barnard Hillel
• Camp Yavneh
• University of Michigan Hillel
• Shorashim (Birthright Israel)
• Alpha Epsilon Pi
• Perlman Camp
• Authentic Israel
• Israel Policy Forum
• Camp Solelim
• Alums for Campus Fairness
• The iCenter



Program Plan of Study / Seminar Dates

Seminar dates are tentative and subject to change.

Year 1
(Graduate Certificate and Master's Degree)
  • August 25-27, 2020: Opening Colloquium | Chicago, IL or online (conditions permitting)
  • Fall Semester 2020: Introduction to Experiential Jewish Education | Online Course
  • October 18-20, 2020: Paideia and Jewish Education | Chicago, IL or online (conditions permitting)
  • Spring Semester 2021: Foundations of Contemporary Israel | Online course
  • March 15-17, 2021: American Jews and Modern Israel | Washington, D.C. or online (conditions permitting)
  • Summer 2021, Exact Dates TBD: The Israeli Educational Experience | Israel-based seminar
Year 2
(Continuation of Master's Degree)
  • Fall Semester 2021: Online Elective Course*
  • Fall Semester 2021: Hebrew Language Instruction | Online
  • Spring Semester 2022: Applied Research in Experiential Jewish Education | Online Course
  • March 15-17, 2022: Israel Within: Cultural & Anthropological | Washington, D.C. or online (conditions permitting)
  • Summer Semester 2022: Online Elective Course*

* Online elective courses include: Educational Leadership, Curriculum & Pedagogy, Israel and Jewish Studies, Non-Profit Management, Social Entrepreneurship, Organizational Learning, and more, in divisions throughout GW University – on-site or on-line

Application Process*

  1. Complete Step 1 of the Online iCenter Application. At this time, applications are closed. Applications for the next cohort will open in Spring 2021.
  2. Select applicants will be asked to schedule an interview with the program faculty.
  3. 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.
  4. Admitted Applicants will be asked to submit their application, and an $80 application fee directly to GW via their online portal.

*M.A. Application Process: In 2020, all applicants apply to the Graduate Certificate program. If you are accepted to the Graduate Certificate program, you will have the option of applying to the Master's program following the successful completion of your first semester. The Master's program begins immediately following the completion of the Graduate Certificate program in August 2021 and concludes in August 2022.


Application Deadline

At this time, applications are closed. Applications for the next cohort will open in Spring 2021.



Total cost per student, including academic credit hours, materials, travel, and room and board is $25,000/year. Thanks to generous support from our funders, all students accepted into the program receive significant scholarship benefits.

     • Year One (Certificate Program): Thanks to support from the Jim Joseph Foundation, each student receives significant scholarship funds and is only responsible for $4,400, with the hope that students’ employers will assist in the funding of their participation.
     • Year Two (Master's Program): Thanks to support from the Marcus Foundation, each student receive significant scholarship funds and is responsible for only $6,600, with the hope that students’ employers will assist in the funding of their participation.

Additional financial assistance is available. Please contact for more information.

Student Cohorts

Nikki Baron
Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit
Elan Kramer
Columbia/Barnard Hillel
Moshe Lencer
Alpha Epsilon Pi
Tina Malka
Hillel International
Rachel See
The iCenter
Peta Silansky
Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas
Dror Stein
Hillel International
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
Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
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
Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit
Matt Berger
Hillel International
Melissa Cohavi
Congregation B'nai Yisrael
Shoshana Gibbor
MIT Hillel
Candice Goldstein
Perlman Camp
Jason Holtzman
Jewish Community Relations Council
Elan Kramer
Columbia/Barnard Hillel
Moshe Lencer
Alpha Epsilon Pi
Jessica Lieberman
Fed of Greater Washington
Tina Malka
Hillel International
Joel Pachefsky
Erin Robbins
Camp Yavneh
Rachel See
The iCenter
Peta Silansky
Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas
Dror Stein
Hillel International
Mason Voit
Shira Weissbach
Temple Sinai


This program already has helped me develop 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
This is an academically rigorous program that 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 we develop new approaches, experiment, and get feedback from a trusted group of colleagues.
- Lisa Armony, Cohort 1