Find out everything you ever wanted to know about the State of Israel - engage with her history and her 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.
Complete the series and fulfill the requirements, and you’ll get a $100 check*!
THE SERIES click images to preview
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 worldBENEATH THE HELMET
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.CROSSING THE LINE 2
How does the global media relate to Israel? This course will evaluate some of the biases the media perpetuates and analyze the role media bias plays in the global front against Israel.A STATE IS BORN
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.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.
speakers click images to get bio
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.
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.
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.”
Bassem Eid is the Executive Director for The Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group (PHRMG). He worked as the senior fieldworker for the Israeli information center in the occupying territories, B’Tselem for seven years. During this time, Bassem Eid earned international recognition for his documentation and publication of a wide range of human rights issues. Bassem 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 for B’Tselem and as a journalist, Bassem Eid was awarded the 1992 Emil Grunsweig Human Rights Award by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI).
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.
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.
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.
Caroline Glick is Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs at the Center for Security Policy and deputy managing editor of the Jerusalem Post. A former officer in the Israel Defense Forces, she was a core member of Israel's negotiating team in the Oslo Negotiations under former Prime Minister Rabin. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Glick was an embedded journalist with the U.S. Army's Third Infantry Division, joining the infantry unit that was first to reach Baghdad. She was awarded a distinguished civilian service award from the U.S. Secretary of the Army for her battlefield reporting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Khaled Abu Toameh
Khaled Abu Toameh, an Arab Muslim, is a veteran award-winning journalist who has been covering Palestinian affairs for nearly three decades. He studied at Hebrew University and began his career as a reporter working for a PLO-affiliated newspaper in Jerusalem. Currently, he is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Gatestone Institute, consultant for NBC, writer for The Jerusalem Post and a journalist whose articles have appeared in numerous newspapers around the world, including The Wall Street Journal, US News & World Report and The Sunday Times of London.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.