Programs & Events

ISMI's mission to promote Israel education on the Emory University campus and beyond has led to a variety of program offerings. Look to the navigation panel on the left for information on some of our recent offerings.                                     

  • October 21, 2017 -- Ken Stein, "Learning the Arab-Israeli Conflict: Teaching and/or Preaching in the Classroom,” Emory University Parents and Alumnae Weekend, Atlanta, GA
  • September 13, 2017 -- Ken Stein, "Why the Arab Middle East is Churning and Why it Won’t Stop," Peachtree Road Methodist Church, Atlanta, GA
  • September 1-4, 2017 -- Eli Sperling, "Songs of Zion: Hebrew Music and the Proliferation of American Zionism, 1900-1948" & "Mandatory Violence: Jewish-Arab Intercommunal Violence and British Responses, Palestine, 1921-1948," Limmud Atlanta/SE, Clayton, GA
  • August 30, 2017 –- Ken Stein, "A History of Zionism and Modern Israel," National Rabbinic Association, Washington, DC
  • August 20, 2017 – Rich Walter, “Let's Talk About Israel: Train the Trainer Workshop,” Hadassah of Greater Atlanta, Sunday, 2:00PM, MJCAA, Atlanta, GA
  • August 18, 2017 -- Eli Sperling, "The Well Musical Service for Young Professionals," Friday, 8:00pm, The Temple, 1589 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta
  • August 13, 2017 -- Eli Sperling, "Teaching Jewish Texts Through Music," Atlanta Jewish Education Directors' Council's Annual Kallah, Temple Sinai, Sandy Springs, GA
  • August 7-9, 2017 -- Ken Stein (Co-Convener), “Third-Annual Lisa and Michael Leffell Seminar: Impact of Israel on American Jewish Identity," Westchester, NY
  • July 31, 2017 -- Ken Stein, "Israel in a Changing Middle East: 50 Years after the June War," Congregation B'nai Torah, Sandy Springs, GA
  • June 25-29, 2017, The 16th annual CIE/ISMI Workshop for pre-collegiate teachers. "History, Culture and Politics of Modern Israel" Atlanta, GA 
  • June 15, 2017 -- Ken Stein, "The June 1967 War: A Retrospective," Jewish Breakfast Club, Atlanta, GA

  • June 13, 2017 -- Ken Stein, "US-Israel Relations: Presidents and Prime Ministers," Association for Israel Studies, Boston, MA

  • June 11, 2017 -- Ken Stein, "Learning and Teaching the June 1967 War," Jewish Council for Public Affairs, New York, NY

  • June 9-10 -- Eli Sperling, "Shabbat Music and Learning about Issues Facing Israeli Society Today: A Weekend of Singing and Learning with the Temple Atlanta's 2017 Adult Trip to Israel," Mitzpeh Ramon, Israel 
  • June 7, 2017 -- Eli Sperling, "The Proliferation of Zionism and Hebrew Music in the US During the 1920s, 30s, and 40s," Ben-Gurion Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism, Beer-Sheva, Israel
  • May 30, 2017 -- Ken Stein, Martin Indyk, Shibli Telhami, “U.S.Policy in the Middle East: Fifty Years After the June 1967 War,” Council on Foreign Relations, New York, NY, Video of live stream: https://www.cfr.org/event/us-policy-middle-east-fifty-years-after-six-day-war 

  • May 30, 2017 -- Rich Walter, "Ben-Gurion in His Own Words: Views on Judaism and Zionism from Israel's Founding Father," Temple Beth Shalom, Dunwoody, GA
  • April 27, 2017 -- Ken Stein, “The June 1967 War Was a Transformative Event: it Changed Israeli, Jewish and Middle Eastern History,” Jewish Council for Public Affairs, (58 minutes), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTDQ1aQ7cDw

  • April 2, 2017 -- Ken Stein, Anita Shapira, Dennis Ross, Itamar Rabinovich, Hussein Ibish, Luci Baines Johnson, Lynda Johnson Robb, Mark Updegrove, Joseph Califano, Jane Eisner, and Deborah Lauter, "The Six Day War: A Fifty year Retrospective," 92Y, New York, NY
  • March 27-31, 2017 -- Rich Walter, "Atlanta Jewish Academy Upper School Israel Seminar," Atlanta, GA
  • March 14, 2017 -- Ken Stein, "Rabbinic Israel Enrichment Seminar," Board of Rabbis of Northern California
  • March 1, 2017 -- Ken Stein, “Campus Solutions: Strategies and engaging with peers and professors on Israel,” Wednesday, Temple Beth Tikvah, 9955 Colemand Road, Roswell, GA
  • February 26, 2017 –- Ken Stein, “The June 1967 War: How the War Changed Israeli, Jewish, and Middle Eastern History,” Sunday, 9:15am, Congregation Or Hadash, 7460 Trowbridge Road, Sandy Springs, GA
  • February 23, 2017 –- Ken Stein, “Arab-Israeli Negotiations: Can the successes of the 1970s be repeated again?” Thursday, 7:00pm, Whittier College, Whittier, CA
  • February 7, 2017 -- Ken Stein, "Understanding the Campus Atmosphere: BDS & Anti-Semitism and Other Problems that You May Encounter," Tuesday, 7:00pm, The Temple, 1589 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta
  • February 3, 2017 -- Eli Sperling, "The Well Musical Service for Young Professionals," Friday, 8:00pm, The Temple, 1589 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta
  • January 6, 2017 -- Eli Sperling, "The Well Musical Service for Young Professionals," Friday, 8:00pm, The Temple, 1589 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta
  • December 13, 2016 -- Ken Stein and Ellen Nemhauser, "ISMI and CIE Rabbinic Israel Seminar," Miami, FL
  • December 12, 2016 -- Rich Walter, “State Seeking, State Building and State Keeping,” Bronfman Jewish Education Center Professional Development Day, Montreal, QC

  • December 7, 2016 -- Rich Walter "Sources and Documents: Challenging an Israel Bias in a Public School," Congregation Shearith Israel, Atlanta, GA
  • December 5, 2016 -- Rich Walter, “Simulation of the First Zionist Congress with 8th Grade Students,” Ezra Academy, Woodbridge, CT

  • December 5, 2016 -- Rich Walter, “Ptitim and Prime Ministers: Interactive Teen Learning Program about Israel,” Temple Beth Sholom, Roslyn, NY
  • December 4, 2016 -- Rich Walter, “Teacher's Workshop Coordinated by Principal's Council of Greater New Haven,” Congregation Mishkan Israel, Hamden, CT

  • December 4, 2016 -- Ken Stein, "Trump Foreign Policy and the Middle East," Annual Southeastern Regional Meeting of the ADL, Atlanta, GA
  • December 2, 2016 -- Eli Sperling, "The History and Context of Diaspora-Israel Relations," The Temple, Atlanta, GA
  • November 30, 2016 -- Eli Sperling and Rich Walter, "Atlanta Birthright Institute Leader Training Workshop," JFGA, Atlanta, GA
  • November 18, 2016 -- Ken Stein, "American Middle East Foreign Policy in the Next Administration, "North Shore Congregation Israel, Glencoe, IL
  • November 15, 2016 -- Ken Stein and Ellen Nemhauser, “ISMI and CIE Rabbinic Israel Seminar,” Chicago, IL
  • November 13, 2016 -- Ken Stein, Interview with Rabbi Daniel Gordis, "A Concise History of Modern Israel," Atlanta Jewish Book Festival, Atlanta, GA.
  • November 13, 2016 -- Ken Stein, “The Impact of Israel on American Jewry: since the June 1967 War,” Dedication of the Muhlenberg College Lefflell Jewish Center, Allentown, PA
  • October 14, 2016 – Rich Walter, “A Brief History of Israel,” 8:30 a.m., Georgia Council for the Social Studies’ Annual Conference, 300 N Thomas St, Athens, GA 30601
  • October 13, 2016 – Ken Stein, “A Historical Perspective on the Arab-Israeli Conflict and Peace Process,” 12:45 p.m., Georgia Council for the Social Studies’ Annual Conference, 300 N Thomas St, Athens, GA 30601
  • October 7, 2016 -- Eli Sperling, "The Well Musical Service for Young Professionals," Friday, 8:00pm, The Temple, 1589 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta
  • October 5, 2016 -- Ken Stein, “Israel on Campus: A Community Forum Led by Emory Professor Ken Stein,” 7 p.m., The Weber School, 6751 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA
  • September 9, 2016 -- Eli Sperling, "The Well Musical Service for Young Professionals," Friday, 8:00pm, The Temple, 1589 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta
  • September 4, 2016 -- Ken Stein, "Sectarianism and the Changing Middle East: Implications for the US and Allies in the Next Administration" & "Learning, Owning, and Telling Israel’s Story: WhyPolarizing Our Communities Over Matters ThatPertain to Israel Matter," Limmud Atlanta/SE, Clayton, GA
  • September 4, 2016 -- Eli Sperling, "Understanding Hebrew Culture in Pre-StatePalestine through Music" & "The Evolving Concept of the “New Jew:” Tracing Israeli Culture from its Origins until Today," Limmud Atlanta/SE, Clayton, GA
  • August 15, 2016  --  Ken Stein, "From Truman to Obama: The Past, Present, and Future of U.S-Israel Relations," A Conversation with Dennis Ross and Ken Stein, moderated by John Hannah, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Washington, DC
  • August 6, 2016 -- Ken Stein, "How are adverse views intentionally taught on North American college and university campuses? Can the biased narrative be arrested?"  Seminar, Fisher Flight, Aspen, CO
  • August 4, 2016 -- Eli Sperling, "The Well Musical Service for Young Professionals," Friday, 8:00pm, The Temple, 1589 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta
  • August 3-5, 2016 -- Ken Stein - Co-chair, "Israel's Impact on American Jewish Identity," Seminar sponsored by the Lisa and Michael Leffell Foundation, NY
  • July 21, 2016 -- Ken Stein, "Iran, ISIS, Sectarianism and the Changing Middle East: Policy choices for the next US administration," Sun Valley, ID
  • July 8, 2016 -- Eli Sperling, "The Well Musical Service for Young Professionals," Friday, 8:00pm, The Temple, 1589 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta
  • June 6, 2016 –- Professor Ken Stein and Rabbi Ellen Nemhauser, "Toronto Rabbinic Israel Enrichment Seminar," Toronto, CA
  • May 31, 2016 -- Professor Ken Stein, "Israel's Challenges Facing New Middle Eastern Developments," Jewish Community in Rome, Italy
  • May 31, 2016 -- Professor Ken Stein, "History, Meaning, and Impact of a One State or Two State Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Comparison to the 1970s," Informal Meeting, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rome, Italy
  • May 30, 2016 -- Professor Ken Stein, "Israel’s relevance in the Jewish world in the 21st century," Jewish Community in Milan, Italy
  • May 30, 2016 -- Professor Ken Stein, "The British, Arab, Zionist Triangle in Palestine: How did the Zionists succeed in building the nucleus for a state by 1939?" Jewish Community Center, MA students, Milan, Italy
  • May 26, 2016 -- Professor Ken Stein, "Changing Middle East and the US Administration: An American Perspective," Delegation for relations with Israel, European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium
  • May 25, 2016 -- Professor Ken Stein, "One-State or Two States in the Israeli-Palestinian Arena, or are Neither Possible: What can we Learn from the 1970s Success of Begin, Sadat, and Carter?" Centre Communautaire Laic Juif, Brussels, Belgium
  • May 12, 2016 –- Rich Walter, “Shift and Pivot? Israel Knowledge, Education and Jewish Identity,” Webinar for Members of the Jewish Educators Assembly
  • May 9, 2016 –- Rich Walter, "Teen Education Program on Israel," Temple Beth Shalom, Roslyn Heights, NY 
  • May 4, 2016 –- Professor Ken Stein, "Professional Development, Knowing, Owning, and Communicating Israel’s Story,” The Milken School, Los Angeles, CA
  • May 4, 2016 –- Rich Walter, "Teacher Training Seminar for Faculty of Atlanta Jewish Academy in Preparation for a Special Unit on Israel", Atlanta, GA. 
  • May 3,2016 -- Professor Ken Stein, "Why Israel Education is Vital to Jewish Learning in the 21st Century," The Milken School, Los Angeles, CA 
  • April 18, 2016 -- Professor Ken Stein, "Learning, Owning, and Telling Israel’s Story: Dor L’Dor," Monday, 7:00pm, Congregation Or Hadash, 7460 Trowbridge Road Sandy Springs, GA 30328 - Sponsored by The Emory Institute for the Study of Modern Israel, The Center for Israel Education, AJC Atlanta, The Anti-Defamation League, and Congregation Or Hadash, Sandy Springs, Georgia  
  • April 7, 2016 -- Professor Ken Stein, "Challenges to Israel on Campus: Causes and Responses," Thursday, 7:00pm, Congregation Or Hadash, 7460 Trowbridge Road Sandy Springs, GA 30328 - Sponsored by The Emory Institute for the Study of Modern Israel, The Center for Israel Education, AJC Atlanta, The Anti-Defamation League, and Congregation Or Hadash, Sandy Springs, Georgia  
  • January 30, 2016 -- Eli Sperling, "A Conversation with David Broza follwing his film, 'East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem' and Musical Performance," 8:45PM, SCAD, 1600 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA.
  • January 10-11, 2016 -- Ken Stein, "State-Seeking, State-Making and State-Keeping,"  Israel Enrichment Teacher Workshop, Alexander Muss High School, Hod Ha'Sharon, Israel.
  • January 6, 2016 -- Ken Stein, "Jewish State Building: Land Acquisition during the British Mandate," Wednesday, 4:30PM, Inter-University Forum for Mandate Researchers, Gillman Building, Tel Aviv University.
  • December 9, 2015 -- Ken Stein, “Israel, the US, the Middle East, and the Next Administration,” Beit Shira Congregation, 7500 SW 120th St, Miami, FL 33156
  • November 23, 2015 -- Rich Walter and Eli Sperling, "BJEC Israel Education Seminar," Bronfman Jewish Education Centre, 5151 Cote St. Catherine, Montreal, Quebec, H3W 1M6
  • November 18, 2015 -- Europe, Zionism and Israel Lecture by Simonetta Della Seta, Miller Ward Alumni House, Emory University, 6-9PM, 815 Houston Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30302
  • October 24, 2015 -- Adi Nes, "Unique Visual Presentation by Israel's Most Renowned Photographer, Adi Nes" Congregation Or Hadash, 7460 Trowbridge Road Sandy Springs, GA 30328. Free with RSVP
  • October 2, 2015 -- Eli Sperling, "First Friday Musical Service for Young Professionals," Friday, 8:00pm, The Temple, 1589 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta
  • August 31, 2015 -- Dr. Kenneth W. Stein, "Iran and other Israel-Related Matters that Make You Nervous," Congregation B’nai Torah, 7:15PM, 700 Mt. Vernon Highway, Atlanta, GA 30328. Free - Sponsored by ISMI and others
  • August 24, 2015 -- Eli Sperling, "An Evening of Israeli Culture: Current Trends in Israeli Pop Music and a full Menu of Israeli Foods and Cocktails," Moishe House Decatur, 7-10PM, 211 Second Ave. NE, Decatur, GA 30030
  • June 5, 2015 -- Eli Sperling, "First Friday Musical Service for Young Professionals," Friday, 8:00pm, The Temple, 1589 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta
  • May 27, 2015 -- Ken Stein, "The Changing Middle East: Implications for Israel and the US ," 2015 Annual Agency Celebration and Meeting, Jewish Community Alliance, Jacksonville, Fl
  • May 23, 2015 -- Rich Walter, "Balancing Act: Israel as Democratic and Jewish State," Saturday, 10:00pm, Congregation Beth Shalom, 5303 Winters Chapel Rd, Atlanta
  • May 5, 2015 -- Professor Ken Stein, "Shifting Regional Landscapes: Israel and the US in a Turbulent Middle East," Tuesday, 7:00pm, The Weber School, 6751 Roswell Rd., Atlanta
  • April 26, 2015 -- ISMI co-sponsored event, "Israel: Happy Birthday!" Alfred & Adele Davis Academy, 7901 Roberts Dr, Atlanta, 1-5PM. For more info, Click Here 
  • April 26, 2015 -- Professor Ken Stein, "The Changing Middle East: Implications for Israel and the United States," The Melton Center for Jewish Studies, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 11am
  • April 20, 2015 -- Rich Walter, "Webinar on Israel Education Strategies for Teens with the North American Association of Community and Congregational Hebrew High Schools (NAACCHHS)," 2:00-3:00, For more info - Click Here
  • April 19, 2015 -- Rich Walter, "Israel learning Morning,"Sunday, 9:15-12:00, Shearith Israel, 1180 University Dr NE, Atlanta
  • April 19, 2015 -- Professor Ken Stein, "Iran, ISIS, and the Changing Middle East: Implications for Israel and the US," Sunday, 9:30am, Young Israel of Toco Hills, 256 La Vista Road, Atlanta
  • April 16, 2015 -- Rabbi Arnold Goodman and Professor Ken Stein in discussion on politics and policies for Israel after its parliamentary elections, the Iran framework, and the region in general, Thursday, 8pm, Congregation Ahavath Achim, 600 Peachtree Battle Ave, Atlanta
  • March-April 2015 – Four-Part Webinar series "History of Modern Israel" provided to Hillel Staff nationally