Navigating Israel education in times of conflict

August 7-8, 2024 • Miami

An Unpacked for Educators conference, featuring:

Rabbi Dr. Gil Perl

Rabbi Dr.
Gil Perl

Matti Friedman

Matti Friedman

Jonathan Golden

Dr. Jonathan Golden

Dr. Debbie Stone

Dr. Debbie Stone

Dr. Noam Weissman

Join fellow educators at a not-to-be-missed Unpacked for Educators conference in Miami this August, in partnership with the Jewish Leadership Academy.

About the conference

In these unprecedented times post-October 7, educators have encountered countless challenges in and out of the classroom when it comes to Israel education.

Unpacked for Educators is coming to Miami to provide both veteran and novice middle and high school educators with essential theoretical and practical tools to bring education about Israel and Zionism to life for their students.

Participants will learn specific ways to integrate the teaching of Israel and Zionism into their curricula as well as how to address the big questions surrounding Israel, current events, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

*This conference will also include opportunities for educators who do not formally teach about Israel to raise their level of knowledge about Zionism and Israeli history.

Event schedule

Two program tracks available!
For Israel educators: A two-day professional development experience (August 7-8)
For standard Jewish educators: Increase your knowledge on Israel education (August 7)

Wednesday, August 7th Day 1
9:00am - 9:30am Attendeee check-in and breakfast
9:30am - 10:15am Opening panel: A conversation with Dr. Noam Weissman and Rabbi Dr. Gil Perl on “Israel Education: Where we were and where we are going”.
Israel educator track Standard educator track
10:30am - 11:15am Session 1: Bringing UED into your classroom
“A fresh approach to Israel education” “A crash course on implementing UED resources in your classroom”
11:30am - 12:15pm Session 2: Delving into Zionism
“The top 5 Zionist moments all our students should know” “Unpacking Zionism: What is it really about?”
12:15pm - 1:15pm Lunch and networking
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm Session 3: Teaching the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
“Dos and don'ts of teaching the Israeli-Palestinian conflict” “A crash course in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict”
2:30pm - 3:00pm Breakout groups and closing remarks
Thursday, August 8th Day 2
9:00am - 9:15am Breakfast
9:15am - 10:15am Session 1: “Bringing the untold stories into your classroom - A Q&A with Israeli journalist Matti Friedman”
10:30am - 11:15am Session 2: Choose your session: Navigating Israel's complexities
Option A: “Unpacking difficult questions: Apartheid and occupation” Option B: “Unpacking the war and navigating Israeli current events”
11:30am - 12:15pm Session 3: Choose your session: Practical curricular units for your classrooms
Option A: “Using music to teach about Oct. 7th” Option B: “Teaching Israel through maps”
12:15pm - 1:15pm Lunch and networking
1:30pm - 2:15pm A Panel Discussion with Dr. Debbie Stone and Dr. Jonathan Golden
2:30pm - 3:00pm Breakout groups and closing remarks from Dr. Noam Weissman and Rabbi Dr. Gil Perl

Pricing

Please note: travel and overnight accommodation are not included.

Conference pass - early bird
August 7-8, 2024

$150 $125
through July 5

Your conference pass includes admission to the two-day Miami conference, breakfast and lunch on both days, access to all social events, and swag.

Conference pass
August 7-8, 2024

$150
through August 1

Your conference pass includes admission to the two-day Miami conference, breakfast and lunch on both days, access to all social events, and swag.

Standard educator day pass
August 7, 2024

$100
through August 1

Your day pass includes admission to the first day of the two-day Miami conference, breakfast and lunch, and swag.

Location

Free on-site parking available under the building.

Breakfast and lunch included (ORB certified).

Speakers

Picture of Rabbi Dr. Gil Perl

Rabbi Dr. Gil Perl

Rabbi Dr. Gil Perl is the CEO of the Gisela and Daniel Ades Foundation and the Founding Head of School of the Jewish Leadership Academy in Miami, Florida. A nationally sought after speaker and award-winning teacher, Rabbi Perl earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master’s Degree and Ph.D. from Harvard, and rabbinical ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary at Yeshiva University. He is the author of the book The Pillar of Volozhin: Rabbi Naftali Zvi Yehuda Berlin and the World of Nineteenth-Century Lithuanian Torah Scholarship, as well as numerous articles on the history of Modern Jewry, contemporary Jewish education, and Modern Orthodoxy.

Picture of Matti Friedman

Matti Friedman

Matti Friedman is a journalist and the author of three previous works of nonfiction. His work as a reporter has taken him from Israel to Lebanon, Morocco, Moscow, the Caucasus, and Washington, DC. A former Associated Press correspondent and essayist for the New York Times opinion section, he currently writes a monthly feature for Tablet Magazine. His writing has appeared in Smithsonian Magazine, the Atlantic, and elsewhere.

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Dr. Jonathan Golden

Dr. Jonathan Golden is Director of Wellspring Leadership Initiatives at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. Previously he served as the Israel Curriculum Coordinator and a history teacher at Gann Academy, a pluralistic Jewish high school in Waltham, MA where he taught since 1999. During his career at Gann, he has taught AP American History, chaired the History Department, served as Assistant Head of School and Director of Academic Operations, and mentored numerous teachers and department chair. He teaches adult education courses on contemporary Israel at synagogues and homes in the Greater Boston area and is a member of CJP’s Boston-Haifa Shared Society Task Force and a Community Representative of JCRC Boston.

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Dr. Debbie Stone

Originally from London, Dr. Stone holds a BA in Humanities with emphasis in Jewish Studies and a teaching degree from the General Teaching Council for England. Debbie spent a year studying in Michlalah Jerusalem College and received her Doctorate in Education from Yeshiva University’s Azrieli Graduate School.

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Dr. Noam Weissman

Dr. Noam Weissman is an Executive Vice President at OpenDor Media. He leads the education vision and implementation at OpenDor Media with a special focus on the development of meaningful content and resources for students and educators. He holds a doctorate in educational psychology from USC with a focus on curriculum design.

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Avi Posen

Avi Posen is the Senior Director of Israel Education – EMEA at Unpacked for Educators, a division of OpenDor Media. His focus is on curriculum building and training Jewish educators around the world on Israel education. Avi has worked as a Judaic Studies teacher, Hillel Director and Jewish camp director. He holds a Masters in Jewish Education from Yeshiva University in New York and lives in Haifa, Israel.

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Sarah Gordon

Sarah Gordon is the Senior Director of Israel Education – AMER at Unpacked for Educators, a division of OpenDor Media. Previously, Sarah served as the Director of Israel Guidance and Experiential Education at Ma’ayanot High School, where she taught Talmud, and chaired a course on Contemporary Israel. Sarah holds dual masters degrees in Jewish Education and Modern Jewish History from Yeshiva University, where she is currently pursuing her Ed.D as a Wexner Fellow and Davidson Scholar.

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Alex Harris

Alex Harris is an Education Associate at AMER for Unpacked for Educators, a division of OpenDor Media. Previously he focused on conflict education at The iCenter for Israel Education. He has a Master’s in Education and Human Development from George Washington University, a Bachelor’s in Judaic Studies and International Studies from the University of Michigan, and semicha from Rabbi Brovender.

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