Inspiring Innovation in Israel Education
In partnership with the iCenter
March 20-22
Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel, Northbrook, IL
Kallah Co-Chairs Barb Shimansky and Anne Stein invite you to join with your NATE colleagues to explore innovations in Israel education, together with our creative partners and collaborators at the iCenter (
The Kallah will kick off at 3:00 pm on Thursday with a presentation by Dr. Barry Chazan, who will introduce us to the Aleph Bet of Israel Education, a groundbreaking set of principles developed by the iCenter for study and engagement in Israel education. Thursday night we will travel off-site for a unique and creative expression of our topic that will further expand our ideas and challenge our assumptions about what constitutes Israel education.
Friday morning will begin with a Beit Midrash that will expand our own knowledge as we study with local scholars who will each bring their unique approaches to text study. Our day will continues with chavayot, a series of field trips to various locations throughout Chicagoland where interesting and exciting things are happening in the field of Jewish education. We will spend Friday afternoon engaging with our partners from the iCenter, each a master Israel educator ---including Lesley Litman, Anne Lanski, and Rabbi Josh Feigelson.
You will enjoy a spirited Kabbalat Shabbat with your NATE colleagues on Friday evening followed by a beautiful Shabbat dinner together. Shabbat morning will begin with Tefillah, followed by a buffet brunch into which we will weave the NATE plenary session. The afternoon will continue with our Spotlight Fair, which will highlight the best examples of Israel education currently being piloted by our colleagues throughout North America. Watch your email for more details on how to submit a proposal.
We will conclude our Kallah with workshops focusing on resources that the iCenter has developed that focus on Israel education for you to experience and "take away." Some options may include:
  • Photography and Israel Education
  • Shark Tank/NU Campaign
  • Dosh Cartoons and Poster Tales
  • The Goodman Database on Israel Education
We have a very full 48 hours planned for learning, exploring, and being together as a NATE community. We know you will return to your institutions with both new enthusiasm and program ideas to implement in the area of Israel education. We look forward to seeing you in Chicago this coming March!