Join thousands of people from around the world who are stepping up their Israel knowledge through the Step Up For Israel program. This unique 5-part series combines the power of film with leading Middle East experts and thought provoking topics, exploring the fundamental issues and giving you a more in-depth understanding of the State of Israel.
- 6 Engaging educational films, including the award-winning film
Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference
- Optional exams for monitoring your own progress.
- Additional resource readings are available with in-depth questions you can use to engage friends and family or your own mind.
- Access to the films and resources for 8 months, with the option for a discounted renewal.
For ease of access, this course is available exclusively online.
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Get a glimpse of the strengths that enabled the Israeli people to turn a desert into an innovative humanitarian society.
CROSSING THE LINE 2
Examine what drives anti-Israel tactics and the BDS movement on university campuses today.
CREATION OF A STATE
Learn about the buildup and conflicts of the 1948 War of Independence and 1967 Six-Day War.
ISRAEL & THE WEST
Shared Values & Israel in the Media: Discover Israel as a modern nation that epitomizes Western values, and analyze the role the global media plays in shaping Israel’s narrative.
Explore the opposing narratives of the 1948 war and the perpetuation of the Palestinian refugee crisis.
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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.
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.
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.
Zeev Ben-Shachar is the Director of Israel Education at Jerusalem U. He oversees curriculum development and directs the Jerusalem U leadership development Gap Year Oz program. Previously, Ben-Shachar worked as an Educator for The David Project and as an organizational consultant and teaching fellow at Harvard University’s Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Department, where he received Harvard’s certificate of distinction for excellence in teaching. Ben-Shachar has a Masters in Middle Eastern Studies from Tel Aviv University and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Harvard University.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Professor Mordechai Kedar
Professor 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.
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.
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.
Colonel Richard Kemp
Colonel Richard Kemp is the former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, Iraq, the Balkans, South Asia and Northern Ireland. Col Kemp has also been involved in national policy leadership roles at the Joint Intelligence Committee and the strategic intelligence group at COBRA. In addition, he founded the intergovernmental US-UK International Security Strategy Group. He is a best-selling author, a regular international columnist, a prolific contributor to television and radio news and current affairs programmes, and an international speaker.
Roz Rothstein is the Co-Founder and CEO of StandWithUs, a global Israel education organization with 15 offices worldwide. As part of its mission, StandWithUs organizes demonstrations, advertising campaigns, petitions and other initiatives that help oppose the delegitimization of Israel, and also trains young people to advocate for Israel. In 2007, the Forward named Rothstein one of the 50 most influential Jews in America, and in 2011[,] the Jerusalem Post named her the 29th of 50 most influential Jews in the world.
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.
Chloé Simone Valdary is an International Studies Major at the University of New Orleans, as well as a Consultant for the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA), the Assistant of Directors for the Institute for Black Solidarity with Israel (ISBI), and a Fellow at the Lawfare project. In 2012, Valdary created the group Allies of Israel to promote the Jewish state and Israel advocacy. As a result of her work, Algemeiner named her one of the top 100 people positively affecting Jewish and Israeli life. Valdary has written articles for Huffington Post, Tablet Magazine, The Jerusalem Post and Israel National News.
Professor Robert S. Wistrich
Robert S. Wistrich is the Neuberger professor of European and Jewish history and Director of the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He recently received an award for Lifetime Achievement by the Journal for the Study of Antisemitism, and is the author and editor of 29 books, several of which have won international awards. Since 2003, Professor Wistrich has edited the research journal Antisemitism International and the Posen Papers in Contemporary Antisemitism. He has been called “the leading scholar in the field of antisemitism study.”
Aviva Slomich is the International Campus Director for the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA), where she directs CAMERA fellows, leads an annual Leadership and Advocacy Training Mission, and created CAMERA’s Campus Activist Project. She speaks to students and community members on the conflicts student activists may encounter on campus and the best strategies to counter false and defamatory information. Slomich received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts.
Jackie Retig is the Director of Academic Affairs at the Consulate General of Israel in NY, serving as a liaison between Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and universities in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey. She has also worked at the America-Israel Friendship League with Uri Bar-Ner, the former Israeli ambassador to Turkey, as well as at the ADL and World Zionist Organization. In 2014, she graduated Summa Cum Laude with Honors from NYU, where she worked to promote the US-Israel Relationship[,] as the Co-Director of Campus Relations for TorchPAC at NYU.