Thought Leadership in Israel Education

We are committed to generating thought leadership and conducting research on Israel education.

Recent Academic Scholarship in Israel Education:

“Israel is Meant for Me”: Kindergarteners’ Conceptions of Israel. Journal of Jewish Education.

The Stories of Our National Past: History and Heritage in a Jewish High School. Curriculum Inquiry.  

“My Heart is in the East and I am in the West”: Enduring Dilemmas of Israel Education in North AmericaJournal of Jewish Education.

Purposes and Practices of Israel Education and Hebrew Education: Towards a Joint Agenda for Applied Research. Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education

Values in Tension: Israel Education at a U.S. Jewish Day School. Journal of Jewish  Education.  

Recent Public Scholarship in Israel Education:


Talking About Israel with Our Students. eJewishPhilanthropy.

Your Kids Are Ready to Talk About Israel. Are You?

Jewish Education Caught in the Crossfire of a Most Uncivil War. Times of Israel.

Our Divisive Discourse. The Jewish Daily Forward.


Children’s Learning about Israel Project


AJU’s Dr. Sivan Zakai directs the Children’s Learning about Israel Project, a longitudinal study of American Jewish children. The project, which researches how American Jewish elementary school students think and feel about Israel, aims to produce knowledge for scholars and a broader audience of educators and parents committed to teaching children about Israel.