Find out everything you ever wanted to know about the State of Israel - engage with its history and people, get the facts on Israel's hot topics and discover why Israel is so central to world news and politics. In Israel Inside/Out, animated diagrams and interactive footage give you an insider's view into one of the world's most intriguing and mystifying countries – no airfare required.
The series features commentary from world-renowned experts on Israel and the Middle East, including Harvard professor
Alan Dershowitz and Princeton professor Bernard Lewis.
Sponsored by Jewish National Fund and the JNF Boruchin Israel Education and Advocacy Center
THE SERIES click images to preview
Beneath the Helmet: From High School to the Home Front takes viewers inside the Israel Defense Force (IDF), and “beneath the helmet” of its brave young soldiers, to reveal the true human stories of the young women and men who are drafted into compulsory service to defend their country and the values we share.ISRAEL INSIDE
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 worldCROSSING THE LINE 2
Learn about the birth of political Zionism and the War of Independence that led to the establishment of the modern state of Israel. This class includes a section on political groups and analyzes how different historical figures united to establish the State.HISTORY OF THE STATE
This class will take you through the modern history of Israel decade-by-decade from the 1950s to the 1990s. You will learn how the State transformed from a barren land to a modern society, developed infrastructure, defended herself against her enemies and secured a future for her citizensREFUGEES
Explore the opposing narratives of the 1948 war and the resulting refugee crisis on both sides, as well as the definition and perpetuation of Palestinian refugee status.MEDIA 101: READING BETWEEN THE LINES
Take a closer look at the media and explore the impact that media bias has on how we see Israel and the world. Examine different forms of bias, reveal the influence of media outlets and censorship, and discover how social media affects the accuracy of the news we see.BONUS: 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.
Featured Experts click images to get bio
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.
PROFESSOR ALAN DERSHOWITZ
Professor Alan Dershowitz is best known for his role in several high-profile law cases and his commentary on the Arab-Israeli conflict. He is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and 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 also 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.
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.
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. Ambassador Gold also served as the Foreign Policy Advisor to Benjamin Netanyahu and advisor to former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. In addition, he was an 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.
Professor Sharon Musher
Dr. Sharon Musher is Associate Professor of History and Director of American Studies at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. Dr. Musher received her B.A. from the University of Michigan, an M.Phil. in Economic and Social History from Oxford University, and a Ph.D. in History from Columbia University. Her teaching and research focus on the arts, visual culture, gender and race. Dr. Musher is currently completing a book, A New Deal for Art, and has published articles and reviews in The American Quarterly, The Jewish Journal of Sociology, the Journal of Interdisciplinary History and Women and Social Movements in the United States. She is also the Founding Director of Stockton’s Master of Arts in American Studies.
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, History of Israel, a three-volume work entitled A History of the Twentieth Century, and The Holocaust: The Jewish Tragedy. Sir Gilbert is an Honorary Fellow of Merton College, University of Oxford, and a Distinguished Fellow of Hillsdale College in Michigan.
Liz Wahl is a correspondent who has garnered international recognition for her journalistic integrity. From 2011-2014, she worked as an anchor for RT (Russia Today). She made international headlines with her televised resignation, speaking out about Russian propaganda tactics and journalistic ethics. She has written about her experiences for POLITICO Magazine and appeared on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, Bloomberg, The View, The Colbert Report and international news outlets. She has also spoken to congress and at journalism conferences. Wahl was born to Filipino and Hungarian-American parents on a US naval base in the Philippines. Her grandparents were Hungarian refugees who fled the Soviet invasion during the Hungarian Uprising.
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.
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. He is also well-known for his works on the history of the Ottoman Empire.
Matti Friedman is a journalist, award-winning author, and former AP correspondent whose work has taken him to Lebanon, Morocco, Cairo, Moscow, Washington, D.C. and conflicts in Israel and the Caucasus. After working at the AP for five years, Friedman spoke out about the anti-Israel bias he perceived in the international media, writing articles in The Atlantic and Tablet on the issue. He published his first book, The Aleppo Codex, in 2012. The book has since won numerous awards and has been published in Israel, Australia, Holland, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, Russia and South Korea. Friedman’s second book, Pumpkinflowers: A War Story, will be published in 2016. He grew up in Toronto and lives in Jerusalem.
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.
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.
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.
Elliot Mathias is the founder and director of Hasbara Fellowships. He also serves as an advisor for media watchdog HonestReporting.com. Elliot has dedicated his life to Israel advocacy and Israel activism on campus and travels to colleges across the country to educate and prepare students to be pro-Israel leaders. He has a degree in Political Communications from Northwestern University.
DR. MORDECHAI KEDAR
Dr. Mordechai Kedar 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. He is currently a lecturer in Arabic at Bar Ilan University.
David Horovitz is an award-winning author and founding editor of the online newspaper The Times of Israel. He was previously editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Post and editor and publisher of the award-winning news magazine The Jerusalem Report. Horovitz has written for newspapers around the world, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Irish Times and (London) Independent, and he is a frequent interviewee on CNN, BBC, Sky, Fox News, NPR, and other media sources. Horovitz lectures internationally on Israeli current affairs and has conducted landmark interviews with world figures, including Barack Obama and George Bush, Tony Blair, Vladimir Putin and Paul McCartney. Horovitz immigrated to Israel from London in 1983 and is a graduate of Hebrew University.
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.
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.
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.
Oren Rosenfeld is a documentary filmmaker, photojournalist and film producer who has covered major events in Israel and the Middle East for 25 years. He was instrumental in photo documenting the second Palestinian Intifada. In 2010 Rosenfeld founded the award-winning Holy Land Productions, creating documentaries and providing film services and current-affairs pieces to major international news and media outlets. Rosenfeld has over 15 years of experience working with media outlets such as BBC, National Geographic, Time Magazine, The History Channel, Vice, and many others. Rosenfeld recently completed directing and producing Hummus the Movie, as well as directing and filming new documentaries in India and Ethiopia.
Jonathan Sacerdoti is an award-winning political and cultural commentator on a wide range of topics, appearing on news outlets worldwide, including BBC, providing extensive coverage of Middle Eastern news, ITV's Good Morning Britain, Al Jazeera, Sky News, Fox, CCTV-America, Voice of Russia and LBC Radio. He has been published by the Daily Telegraph, The Times, Haaretz, the New Statesman and The Jewish Chronicle, among others. Sacerdoti is also the former director of the Institute for Middle Eastern Democracy and a lecturer for the Masters in Communications course at the IDC Herzliya. He has debated at the Oxford and Cambridge Unions and spoken at international conferences organized by Harvard University, National Chengchi University in Taiwan, the American University in Dubai and Keio University in Tokyo.
Sarah Tuttle-Singer is the New Media Editor at The Times of Israel, a contributing editor at Kveller, and a writer, blogger and social media expert . She has written for sites including Jezebel, Ladies Home Journal, Scary Mommy, Offbeat Families and TIME.com, and she has been published in the anthology The Good Mother Myth. Tuttle-Singer’s writing covers a range of personal topics, including parenting, divorce, death, abortion and living under rocket fire. She graduated from UC Berkeley and is an LA expat in Israel.
Eyad is a tour guide and local journalist based in Bethlehem, where he is a member of the Christian Palestinian community. He has asked that he remain anonymous due to safety concerns.
Aaron Klein is a Jerusalem-based author, journalist, columnist and U.S. radio and television commentator known for his close contacts with Middle East leaders. He is the Jerusalem bureau chief for WorldNetDaily and a columnist for The Jewish Press. Aaron is also the author of the critically acclaimed book Schmoozing with Terrorists. He has regular segments on top American radio programs and is a frequent guest on cable news networks, including Fox News and Al Jazeera.
Natalie Menaged is the Director of Recruitment & Admissions for The Israel Experience at Bar Ilan University, a unique gap year program that strengthens Jewish identity, combining a year of university with Jewish growth connection to Israel and leadership development. For the ten years prior to that, Menaged worked at Hasbara Fellowships, an organization that trains, educates and inspires students to stand up for Israel on over 100 campuses across North America. Menaged began at Hasbara Fellowships as a participant on their very first trip, and over the years served as their Managing Director, National Director and Director of Education, helping to train over 1500 student activists build Israel activism and Jewish leadership skills. She was also the founder and president of Gators for Israel at the University of Florida, where she got a BA in political science and religion.
Shachar Zahavi is the Director of ISRAAID, The Israel Forum for International Humanitarian Aid. ISRAAID is a coordinating body of Israeli and Jewish NGOs and other organizations that are active in development and relief work and concerned about global issues.
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.
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.
Attain an 80% on the series exams. (Sorry, but we do need to make sure you watched the videos!)
Attend one live, advocacy event through Hasbara Fellowships or another approved campus event OR a live interactive webinar (depending on your campus).
Complete entire series within 6 weeks of the start date.