MINI COURSE: ORGANIZATIONS
You can purchase the Step Up for Israel Mini-Course to present at your synagogue or organization at the special rate of $500.
The program includes five educational films, plus a comprehensive Moderator's Manual, guidelines for group discussion leaders, discussion questions, handouts, and other helpful materials.
Step Up For Israel Sponsored Communities
Both the Step Up For Israel adult and high school education are free of charge for all organizations unless noted.
- Jewish Community of Greater Atlanta
- Jewish Community of Baltimore
- United Jewish Community of Metrowest, NJ
- Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
- Calgary Jewish Community
- Jewish Community of South Jersey
- Jewish Community Broward County, FL (only Step Up For Israel Adult)
- Jewish Community of Greater Washington, DC
- Jewish Community of Rochester (only Step Up For Israel adult)
- Jewish Community of Palm Beach
- Jewish Community of San Antonio
- Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee
- Charleston Jewish Federation
- UJA Federation of New York
Israel is constantly in the public view, but there is much more to the Jewish State than meets the eye. Take the Israel Inside/Out 5-part mini course and learn all you need to know about Israel from a diverse spectrum of world-renowned Middle East experts.
Discover core Israeli values and success stories born in the face of constant challenges. Understand why Israel is constantly in the headlines and explore whether media reports are balanced and accurate. Review historic moments including the founding of the modern State of Israel, and get the answers to the tough questions about Israel and the conflict. Then learn the communication techniques most effective for passionate Israel advocates.
The tools you will gain from this short course will increase your connection to Israel and empower you to encourage your friends, family, fellow students and colleagues to Step Up for Israel.
CROSSING THE LINE: THE INTIFADA COMES TO CAMPUS
Is anti-Israel rhetoric a form of anti-Semitism? This class will examine anti-Zionism on college campuses and beyond. You will explore what drives anti-Semitism and analyze the recurring themes and the common points of contention.
Sidestep the usual conversations about politics, conflict and violence, and get a glimpse into the makeup of the Israeli people and their dynamic, innovative and humanitarian society. Learn how Israel has become an invaluable asset to the world.
CREATION OF A STATE
Examine the legitimacy of the State of Israel through the events that led to its establishment and the 1948 War of Independence. Address claims against the formation of Israel's current borders by exploring the facts surrounding the 1967 'Six Day War' and the ensuing Arab response. Following this class is a short film about "Israel's Critical Security Needs for a Viable Peace" by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.
ISRAEL & THE WEST
Shared Values: Discover Israel as a modern nation that epitomizes such deep-seated Western values as freedom, democracy, peace and human rights. Explore how these shared values are the foundation of the relationship between Israel, the US and other Western nations.
Israel in the Media: Learn how the global media perceives and relates to Israel. This class evaluates some of the biases the media perpetuates and analyzes the role that the media plays in shaping negative myths about Israel.
SPEAK UP FOR ISRAEL
Every individual can be an advocate for Israel. Learn how to speak on Israel's behalf and counter claims made against Israel with three practical and effective tools of communication.
1. Ambassador Daniel Ayalon
Daniel Ayalon has been at the forefront of developing the strong relationship between the United States and Israel since July 2002, when he was appointed to be Israel's Ambassador to the United States. He also served on three Israeli Administrations as Chief Foreign Policy Adviser to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Deputy Foreign Policy Adviser to both Prime Ministers Ehud Barak and Benjamin Netanyahu.
2. Professor Alan Dershowitz
Professor Alan Dershowitz, the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, is best known for his role in several high-profile law cases as well as his commentary on the Arab-Israeli conflict. He is the author of 27 works of fiction and non-fiction, including Rights From Wrong, The Case For Israel, and The Case For Peace. Professor Dershowitz has published hundreds of articles in leading newspapers, magazines and journals and has advised presidents, UN officials, prime ministers, and business leaders about legal and political issues.
3. Bassem Eid
Bassem Eid is the Executive Director for The Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group. He worked as the senior fieldworker for B'Tselem in the disputed territories and has earned international recognition for publications on human rights issues. Eid is the co-author of the B'Tselem report on the Palestinian Preventive Security Service, "Neither Law nor Justice,? and was involved in research for nearly every B’Tselem publication from 1989 to 1996. In appreciation for his work, he was awarded the 1992 Emil Grunsweig Human Rights Award by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel.
4. Rachel Fish
Rachel Fish is a graduate of Harvard University and a senior consultant at The David Project. She was named one of the "forward fifty" most influential Jews in America in 2003 and 2004 for her work petitioning against funds endowed by United Arab Emirates leader Sheik Zayed. Fish also produced the documentary film Columbia Unbecoming. She is currently a doctoral student at Brandies University in the field of Israel Studies.
5. Sir Martin Gilbert
Sir Martin Gilbert is Winston Churchill's official biographer and a leading historian of the modern world. He is the author of 81 books, including Churchill: A Life, The Holocaust: The Jewish Tragedy, History of Israel, and a three-volume work entitled A History of the Twentieth Century. Sir Gilbert is an Honorary Fellow of Merton College, University of Oxford, and a Distinguished Fellow of Hillsdale College in Michigan.
6. Caroline Glick
Caroline Glick, a former officer in the Israel Defense Forces, is Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs at the Center for Security Policy and Deputy Managing Editor of the Jerusalem Post. She was a core member of Israel's negotiating team in the Oslo Negotiations and an embedded journalist with the U.S. Army's Third Infantry Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom, joining the unit that was first to reach Baghdad. Glick was awarded a distinguished civilian service award from the U.S. Secretary of the Army for her battlefield reporting.
7. Ambassador Dore Gold
Ambassador Dore Gold is President of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. From 1997 to 1999, he served as the eleventh Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations. He also served as the Foreign Policy Advisor to Benjamin Netanyahu, advisor to former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, and advisor to the Israeli delegation at the Madrid Peace Conference in 1991. Ambassador Gold has written numerous books, and his articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Jerusalem Post.
8. Malcolm Hoenlein
Malcolm Hoenlein, the executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of major American Jewish organizations, is the founding executive director of the Greater New York Conference on Soviet Jewry and the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York. Born in Philadelphia, he received his B.A. from Temple University and his Ph.D from University of Pennsylvania. Hoenlein has served as a Middle East specialist at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and also played a key role in organizing the massive National Solidarity Rally for Israel in Washington, D.C. in 2002.
9. Dr. Mordechai Kedar
Dr. Mordechai Kedar, currently a lecturer in Arabic at Bar Ilan University, served in Israeli Defense Force Military Intelligence for 25 years. He specializes in Arab political discourse, Arab mass media, Islamic groups, and the Syrian domestic arena.
10. Professor Bernard Lewis
Professor Bernard Lewis is the Cleveland E. Dodge Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. He specializes in the history of Islam and the interaction between Islam and the West. Prefessor Lewis is also well-known for his works on the history of the Ottoman Empire..
11. Professor David Luchins
Professor David Luchins is the chairman of the political science department at Touro College. He has also served as the Vice President of the Orthodox Union since 1976 and was a senior aide and advisor to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan for 20 years. Professor Luchins has always been at the forefront of communal social justice, serving on the Executive Committee of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the National Commissions of the Anti-Defamation League and the Jewish Fund for Justice.
12. Elliot Mathias
Elliot Mathias is the Founder and Director of Hasbara Fellowships, a leading pro-Israel campus activism organization working with over 100 Universities across North America. He has also been the Director of Aish International’s Campus Division in North America, bringing thousands of Jewish University students each year on educational trips to Israel and other locations. Mathias graduated from Northwestern University in 1997 with a degree in Communications and received his Rabbinical ordination from Yeshiva Aish HaTorah in Jerusalem in 2007.
13. Natalie Menaged
Natalie Menaged, Director of Education of Hasbara Fellowships, oversees its curriculum, campaigns, training programs, leadership development, and public relations. A graduate of University of Florida, she was extensively involved in university life and was the founder and president of Gators for Israel and state politics. Menaged was active in Jewish education and outreach in Brooklyn for many years. She and her family recently made aliyah to join the Israel XP program at Bar-Ilan University, where they look forward to continuing their work in Jewish education and Israel advocacy.
14. Jessica Montel
Jessica Montel is the executive director of B’Tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories. Through her work at B'Tselem, she aims to change Israeli policy in the disputed territories and ensure that the government protects the human rights of residents there.
15. Alan Levine
Alan Levine, Managing Director of Hasbara Fellowships, has trained hundreds of student to be pro-Israel activists. Previously, he focused on research and writing, where he concentrated on the activities of Hezbollah and Iran in Latin America. His writings have been featured in Front Page Magazine, InFocus Magazine, and National Review Online. Levine received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from UC Santa Barbara, where he first became involved in pro-Israel activism through Hasbara Fellowships.
16. Fern Oppenheim
Fern Oppenheim is the co-founder of Brand Israel Group and the President of Applied Marketing Innovations, a marketing firm she founded to provide consulting support to pro-Israel organizations. She was also a communications consultant to the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and is responsible for the U.S. Segmentation Study and the implementation of its results. She also has an extensive marketing, media and management background with advertising agencies such as Young & Rubicam , Fortune 500, and companies such as Kraft/General Foods.
17. Jessica Felber
Jessica Felber, a UC Berkeley graduate with degrees in Economics and Legal Studies, served as the Co-President of Tikvah: Students for Israel, in her junior year. Subsequently, she broadened the scope of her work in Israel advocacy as the California Campus Coordinator of Hasbara Fellowships. She is currently the West Coast Director of Jerusalem Online University, where she continues to educate Jewish students and communities about Israel and its importance in the world.
18. Michelle Rojas-Tal
Michelle Rojas-Tal, the Diaspora Education Director at Stand With Us, coordinates all programs for International students in Israel including their flagship program, "The Ambassadors' Club". In 2009 and 2010, she was selected as a member of the ROI community; Lynn Schusterman’s network of Young Jewish Innovators. In addition to reaching out to activists abroad in South America, Australia and South Africa, Rojas-Tal has traveled to Switzerland, South Africa, Turkey, and Australia, being featured as a keynote speaker in numerous conferences and forums.
19. Mira Marcus
Mira Marcus is a communications consultant and Public Affairs Director at Headline Media, an international media consultancy firm. Prior, she served as Bureau Chief and Public Affairs Advisor to Minister of Public Security Avi Dichter. She is also an expert in public advocacy and political consulting and was selected by The European Union Parliament and the Peres Center for Peace for their Young Political Leaders Forum for the years 2009-2010. Marcus graduated from The Argov Fellowship for Leadership and Diplomacy at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya and was awarded the Legacy Heritage Fellowship.
20. Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar
Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar is a celebrated author and former lecturer at Harvard University where he is notorious for teaching the largest and most popular course, Positive Psychology, to over 1,400 students. Dr. Ben-Shahar consults and lectures on the subject to a variety of groups around the world, including executives of multi-national corporations. His areas of expertise include happiness, self-esteem, resilience, goal setting, mindfulness, and leadership.
Our JCRC Israel Advocacy Initiative committee was seeking a tool to bring both positive and relevant information about Israel to the community. We found what we needed and more in Jerusalem U's Step Up For Israel film series. Since we first began showing the Step Up For Israel series, we have since partnered with 5 other Jewish institutions to bring the complete series to their Synagogue or organization. I would recommend that every Federation, JCRC and synagogue consider utilizing this powerful and cost-effective resource in their community."
On behalf of the entire JSU organization, I wanted to thank you and Jerusalem U for providing us with crucial tools to use in the classroom with respect to Israel education and advocacy. The film "Crossing the Line," shown at 19 of our public school JSU clubs over the past year (reaching an estimated 400 students), paints a very specific picture of how Israel is portrayed at the college campus level. The shock of the video has spurred many of our students to action - some have become AIPAC enthusiasts, while others are simply better prepared for the responsibility that faces them when they graduate...."
What a great film (Crossing The Line)... we have an obligation to tell the truth, and the truth is very painful one on many college university campuses as we saw in this wonderful film...We have to be out there we have to be turning out cadres of young people who are capable of making the case for Israel and making it well..."
Israel inside was shown at the Hadassah national board meeting in Dallas Texas. They laughed,applauded and asked if it could be shown in their regions. Everyone was enthusiastic and felt that it should be shared extensively."
...We have a new battle, battle of public opinion more than ever before especially on the campuses...and this is the time and on the right time Step Up For Israel started and is now established and running forward. We are very proud in the Israeli government, Israeli public and as a private Israeli, to support whole heartedly this initiative it's a great initiative by great people with great leaders in Israel and in the US supporting this idea. Support. Register. Take the stand for Israel, all of you Jews and Christians"
Step Up for Israel provided a space for us to answer the difficult questions ourselves and to personally speak up on Israel's behalf."
We had a fabulous response to today's Step Up For Israel presentation. Today's video triggered tremendous enthusiasm and support and our audience was eager to get involved in more outreach."
We all had great appreciation for the film (Israel Inside), its contents and creators. What a bright, fresh look at the Jewish State! Way to go! Kol Hakavod and Yasher Koach!"