About Modern Israel

Israel's Declaration of Independence
May 14, 1948

The Declaration recounts the Jewish connection to the land of Israel, the birth of Zionism, and recognition by the UN of a Jewish state’s legitimacy. It also promises that the state will be a democracy for all its citizens.


Declaración de Independencia de israel el estado de Israel

הכרזת העצמאות של מדינת ישראל


Declaração de independência de Israel

La Dichiarazione di Indipendenza dello Stato di Israele


Program & Events

  • June 28-July 1, 2020 -- "19th Annual ISMI/CIE Israel (virtual) Educator Workshop," Apply Now
  • June 14, 2020 -- Eli Sperling and Rich Walter, "Special Teen Seminar: Israeli Culture and Society," Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, Seattle, WA
  • June 11, 2020 -- Eli Sperling, "American Zionism's Musical Roots: A Look at the Past to Understand the Present and Future of American Jewish-Israel Relations," American Jewish Historical Society's Biennial Scholars Conference 
  • June 1-2, 2020 -- Rich Walter, "Seminar for Tenth Graders," Jack M. Barack Academy, Bryn Mawr, PA
  • May 14, 2020 -- Rich Walter, "Exploring Israel's Diversity Through Popular Culture," Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, Boca Raton, FL
  • May 13-June 3, 2020 -- Eli Sperling, "The Upcoming American Elections and Israel," A Four-Part Virtual Lecture Series, Marcus Jewish Community Center, Atlanta, GA
  • May 12, 2020 -- Rich Walter, "Everything you wanted to about Israel but were afraid to ask," Temple Kol Emeth, Marietta, GA
  • April 28, 2020 -- Eli Sperling, “Israel, Zionism and Progressive Judaism in America,” Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, American Jewish University, Los Angeles, CA
  • April 23, 2020 -- Ken Stein "Making the most of my College years: Finding and Developing that Elusive Passion," The Leffell School, Westchester, NY
  • March 30, 2020 -- Rich Walter, "Understanding BDS in Context: A Virtual Seminar for Teens," Temple Beth Tikvah, Roswell, GA 
  • Click here to see more programs and events

About the Institute

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ISMI in the News:

February 6, 2020, "Trump Proposal Follows Several Failed Peace Plans," Atlanta Jewish Times


April 2020 - Contemporary Reading List 

History, Politics and Diplomacy of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 2017