Israel Internet Resource Guide

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The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism’s

Israel Commission

Israel Internet Resource Guide

Produced by United Synagogue’s Israel Commission & the Department for Zionist Activities, WZO

United Synagogue’s Israel Commission is constantly seeking new ways to support our synagogue Israel Affairs committee chairs in North America. To that end, last June, working in partnership with the World Zionist Organization’s Department for Zionist Activities, headed up by David Breakstone, we decided to develop this Israel internet resource guide.

The enclosed resource list was compiled in Jerusalem to help you and your synagogue develop meaningful Israel and Zionist programs. As you will see, we cover a wide range of organizations.

This second issue represents that collaborative effort. We recognize that no guide can be all-inclusive and we invite your comments. Please, if you use any information, let us know. Your input will help us to become even more effective and user–friendly.

Special thanks to Gila Ansell Brauner at the WZO’s department for Zionist activities for her work in making this possible.

Rabbi Paul Freedman

59 King George Street

Jerusalem, Israel

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United Synagogue’s Israel Internet Resource Guide
Produced by the USCJ Israel Commission & The Department for Zionist Activities, WZO

Our Movement and Direct Affiliates

United Synagogue Israel Commission

Rabbi Paul Freedman,

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Provides United Synagogue-affiliated kehillot, districts, and regions with information and programming about Israel; offers user-friendly services to kehillot by facilitating contacts with agencies and resources; supports other Israel-oriented agencies both within and outside the Conservative movement; encourages aliyah and provides olim from our movement with Conservative links in Israel; publishes the electronic magazine- Today’s Israel; provides Two Minutes of Israel - brief presentations for use at board meetings; offers Ma’alot - grants to synagogues for programs to strengthen ties with Israel.

United Synagogue Youth Department

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Resources range from our two fulltime shlichim, available for programming ideas, or on the USY website and sourcebook for education and programming ideas. Additionally, offers both short- and long-term options for teenagers visiting and studying in Israel.


Challenging in-depth academic year program for new high-school graduates, dedicated to creating and inspiring the Conservative Jewish leaders of tomorrow. Nativ, which means path in Hebrew, provides a unique opportunity to explore new directions on the journey to becoming a Jewish adult. Choose from Nativ Classic (Jerusalem & volunteering) or Nativ Gesher (Israel and Jewish identity, with a European connection).


United Synagogue’s college outreach program. Offers Jerusalem resources, news briefs; develops programming for student leaders.

Masorti Olami

Marcus Frieze: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The premier resource for clear and accurate information about Masorti kehillot around the world, news of international Masorti events, press articles from around the world, international Masorti missions; information about: Mercaz Olami, the international Masorti Zionist organization and Marom Olami, the international Masorti organization for young adults.

Also offers regular reports from kehillot; updates about events and missions; galleries of pictures & videos, and a wide variety of downloadable international Masorti resources.

Masorti Israel

Mikie Goldstein: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

972-2-565 8006 

Umbrella organization of 60 Masorti (Conservative) kehillot, havurot & minyanim in Israel, for information about all facets of Masorti life in Israel. Offers 20 Noam youth movement branches and Marom students’ organization centers, Israel’s only national bar/bat mitzvah program for children with special needs, and egalitarian family prayers at the Kotel. All kehillot and youth programs include chesed voluntary activities. Religious Affairs Bureau offers marriages, giyur classes, and meets other religious needs.

Schechter Institutes

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Tel: 972-74-7800-675

The educational arm of Conservative/Masorti Judaism in Israel. Offers chevruta study with rabbinical students from the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary; graduate school faculty offers lectures on anything from Bible to Judaism and the arts.


United Synagogue’s Fuchsberg Jerusalem Center

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Rabbi Daniel Goldfarb, Conservative Yeshiva, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

United Synagogue’s base in Israel, Fuchsberg is the central office for all USY’s Israel activities, including the yearlong Nativ leadership program and USY Israel Pilgrimage. It also offers over 10 weekly continuing education classes for adults. United Synagogue’s Rabbi Myron S. Geller Gemilut Hesed project encourages members of United Synagogue-affiliated kehillot to bring supplies to assist the needy in Israel and to volunteer with tzedaka projects. Fuchsberg’s outreach to Israelis is coordinated with Masorti and Marom (the Israeli Conservative movement). United Synagogue’s Conservative Yeshiva sponsors a year program and two three-week sessions during the summer for hevruta learning.




Rabbi Robert R. Golub, Executive Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ,


Marilyn Cohen, Executive Director: 416-667-1717

Marion Mayman, President

The Conservative movement’s Zionist membership organization and the voice of Conservative Jewry within the American Zionist movement and the Jewish National Fund, Mercaz supports religious pluralism in Israel and strengthens the connection between Israel and the diaspora through quarterly newsletters and eletters, Zionist education initiatives, annual Lech Lecha speaking tours, publicity for Israel travel, and support for aliyah. Online: Living Zionism, photo & video galleries.

The Conservative movement’s aliyah committee website, dedicated to strengthening Conservative Jews’ commitment to Israel and aliyah

The Zionist organization for Conservative Jews in the United States, dedicated to strengthening Conservative Jews’ commitment to Israel and aliyah. Provides Zionist education in synagogues and communities, Israel programming, and political lobbying, and helps with Israel travel and aliyah. A quarterly newsletter, Aliyah, is available online.

The Zionist organization for Conservative Jews in Canada, it offers matching scholarships to young people going on Conservative-sponsored trips to Israel, sends enewsletters and ongoing emails with updates on any news from Israel about the Masorti movement and Jewish Agency developments, and offers help and contact information for people interested in aliyah. Assists Israel Affairs chairs in promoting Israel-based programming in their synagogues and offers workshops to Israel Affairs chairs.

Green Zionist Alliance

Offers videos, books, research projects, speakers bureau, and online educational material; downloads of articles, handouts, discussions, activities, and presentation are available.

Aliyah & Activism Partners

Jewish Agency for Israel:

  1. vAliyah Department
  1. vGlobal Center

Global Center 1-866-835-0430
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The world’s only global Jewish partnership, joining communities and organizations from around the world, with Israel as its focal point. Our goals include:

Aliyah – Bringing Jews to live in Israel and ensuring the their successful integration;

Jewish/Zionist education – Connecting the next generation with Israel and the Jewish peoplehood as a core part of their Jewish identity;

Partnerships with Israel – Involving world Jewry with Israeli communities in shaping the future character of Israeli society.

Advice on aliyah and absorption frameworks, Israel educational programs and shlichut; partnerships.

Nefesh B'Nefesh

Ari Schuchman, Associate Director of Overseas Programs This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Founded in 2002. Dedicated to revitalizing aliyah from North America and the UK by removing or minimizing the financial, professional, logistical and social obstacles. Through the support and comprehensive social services provided to its 23,000 newcomers, Nefesh B’Nefesh has ensured that 98% of its olim have remained in Israel, and in 94% of the families one or both spouses are employed.

American Zionist Movement
Tel: 212.318.6100

AZM offers activities and a variety of materials, including program guides, travelling exhibits, and Israel-related items of interest to Israel Affairs chairpeople.


National project for adult volunteers for Israel. Creates cultural and educational exchange between the Diaspora and Israel in a welcoming environment. Promotes aliyah; fosters new friendships; contributes to Israel's economy; creates goodwill ambassadors for Israel.

Sarel Canada

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Online: Central source for program information and registration documentation, newsletter and links.
Offline: PowerPoint presentations on program to synagogue groups, tailored to the particular audience.

Education & Advocacy Partners


Central Zionist Archives, World Zionist Organization

Partly online; searchable indexes and databases of documents, images, related to history of Zionism.

Department for Zionist Activities, World Zionist Organization

Zionist Federation and Dor Hemshech news, articles, media analysis; Herzl Museum & resource website;

Makom (Department for Jewish Zionist Education, Jewish Agency for Israel) Rabbi Reuven Greenvald This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 212-339-6080

21st century Israel is dynamic, complex and constantly evolving, just as Jewish identity is dynamic, complex and constantly evolving in these fluid times. Mission is to empower Jewish educators, rabbis, arts and community leaders to develop deep, sophisticated, and honest Israel programming through both hugging and wrestling. Provides enrichment seminars and support institutional change to re-imagine the why, the what and the way of Israel in Jewish life, programming materials, cognitive tools and theoretical articles. Jewish public conversations about hugging and wrestling with Israel.

Department for Jewish Zionist Education, Jewish Agency for Israel

Major resource for compelling content on Zionism & Israel; Jewish life; current issues; resource FAQs.

Hagshama Department, World Zionist Organization

Major collections on Zionism (with original texts); media; terrorism; Israel and peace process for student activism and Magshimim movements; tours of Israel (Birthright Israel) for student leadership and groups; Masa programs for students.

Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael – Jewish National Fund:   Israel:



Debbie Scher, JNF Community Programs Manager (212) 879-9305, ext. 298 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Assuring Israel's environment: click to plant; afforestation, ecology, water, progressive agriculture, deserticiation; KKL-JNF forests; cycling tours; education & youth; history of KKL & blue box. Videos, images, maps.
Taglit/Shorashim and adult Israel tour plans, voluntary programs; speakers, newsletters, High school curricula and . JNF Future – young JNF; Jewish National Fund (teachers/families): projects, puzzles, heroes curriculum, timeline, festivals, water.

Downloads for sermons, haggadot, Tu B'Shvat.

Education: clean up the world: Green Week lesson plans and resources.

Israel Experience (Jewish Agency for Israel)!

Tailor-made teen summer programs in Israel for youth organizations, movements and Jewish community organizations.




Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Peace Process; Terrorism & Islamic Fundamentalism; Victims of Terror; FAQ - Palestinian Violence; Israel & the UN; FAQs about Israel; Maps of Israel (stills /Flash); Multimedia – Realtime broadcasts; MFA films online & on Youtube

Israel Knesset

Prime Minister's Office

Updates; Prime Ministers of Israel;

National Photographic Archive

Israel Defense Forces Spokesperson

Current News reports; History of the IDF; Information; Multimedia; life in the IDF;

Video documentation on Youtube

Ministry of Defense

Database of Fallen - Hebrew; Separation Fence (English)

Central Bureau of Statistics

Bilingual socio-economic and environmental survey data for Israel, English Index

Israeli Embassy, USA

Israel Consulates:



Knowledge; teacher & kids sections; Culture.

Compedia of Israel information articles

Israel resources, speakers bureau;

Blogs, Israel in the Bay Cultural events

Permanent Mission to the UN

Israel’s positions on UN-related issues




Jerusalem Post & Jerusalem Report

Up to the minute news coverage from Israel; special supplements & visuals

Haaretz – English edition

Up to the minute news coverage from Israel

Ynet (Yediot) English edition

Current news, issues, politics

Israel Broadcasting Authority /
Kol-Israel radio

Hourly radio news broadcast in Hebrew

Twice daily news in English (plus archives)

Channel 1 TV,

Israel Broadcasting Authority

RealPlayer viewing of daily English TV news broadcasts

or go to

Jerusalem Online, Keshet TV

VOD news reports from Israel Channel 2 TV evening news in English

Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Daily coverage & analysis of news – US, Israel, world

Israel Insider

Israel 21c

Daily news magazine: articles, editorials. Security incidents, flash maps & timeline

Innovation news service, videos, blog; Science, Health, Culture, Economy, People, Social Action

Virtual Jerusalem News ,op-eds, media watch, forum




Stephen Roth Institute of Contemporary Anti-Semitism & Racism (TAU)


Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research (TAU)

Polls about peace and government policy with analysis.

MEMRI: Middle East Media & Research Institute

Monitors Arab newspapers, speeches, media. Transcripts & video clips. In-depth studies of related issues.

Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA) and subsites

Briefs & viewpoints on current issues

International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism

Regular updates, articles & documents on Arab-Israel conflict, international terrorism, counter terrorism

Ariel Center for Policy Research

Policy papers, document archive

Vidal Sasson International Center for the Study of Antisemitism (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Posen Papers on Antisemitism, articles by Director, Prof. Robert Wistrich, conference recordings and archives; article archives from 1993-2007 on antisemitism, antisemitism & Israel.



Media Monitors


Honest Reporting

Grassroots media watchdog to ensure fair media coverage for Israel. Documents and responds on biased reporting; archives; Tips for letters to the editor.

CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in M.E. Reporting)

Western media watchdog. Monitors media bias. Right-leaning.

Independent Media Review & Analysis

Chronological collection of media reports, polls, interviews & events

NGO Monitor

Monitors accountability of UN accredited international and national human rights NGOs in the Arab-Israel conflict, their benchmarks, expertise or ideological motivation, money trail, campaigns and their impact on policy.


Palestinian Media Watch

Lectures & presentations:

Itamar Marcus 02-6254140

Research institute: Monitors official Palestinian Authority media channels, educational materials, cultural events. Reports on fundamental impediments to peace: continuing denial of Israel's right to exist, glorification of terror, historical revision, Islamization of the conflict.

Aish HaTorah

Collection of exposés on media bias from various sources

Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace in Education

Studies on Israel & Jews in Palestinian & other Arab textbooks; Arabs in Israeli textbooks


Major Organizations & Lobbies with Israel Resources


American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)

Reports, security incidents, map & timeline (updated weekly), great collection of articles/editorials, texts of official US and Israeli documents

American Jewish Committee

Works to safeguard and strengthen Jews and Jewish life worldwide by promoting democratic and pluralistic societies that respect the dignity of all peoples through diplomacy and trust; combating anti-Semitism, prejudice; promoting Israel's quest for peace and security; energy independence; strengthening Jewish life & young leadership development. Multilingual website: online media center; briefings on domestic policy, Middle East, anti-Semitism, interfaith, human rights.

Anti-Defamation League (ADL)

Advocating for Israel: An Activist’s Guide; ME crisis, background articles & reports on anti-Semitism in the Arab world.

World Jewish Congress

Anti-semitism updates; policy & analysis reports on Jewish and Israel issues

World Union of Jewish Students

Extensive Israel advocacy, activism & reference site.


Other Advocacy Resources and Grass Roots Activism


Aish Hatorah

Crash course in Jewish history: later chapters and Israel chapters

Beyond Images

Offers facts and user-friendly resources to empower people to argue Israel’s case in an informed and coherent way and explain the context for Israel’s actions.

Connections Israel

11 modules -- lessons & personal stories on the IDF, yizkor, Sderot

David Project

Jewish leadership foundation offers development and in-service training for teachers, including Israel in Jewish identity curricula for Jewish day schools, online teacher guides, activism resources, speakers bureau.


Left-wing campaign by socialists, liberals, trade unionists, academics; supports those who fight for peace and against racism within both nations; aims to offer arguments and facts to counter the propaganda of the boycott campaign.

Jewish Virtual Library (American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise)

“Myths and Facts Online - A Guide to the Arab-Israeli Conflict,” including current controversies. History of peace process; Israel & the UN, Israel and the USA.

IRIS: Information Regarding Israel’s Security

Independent, self-proclaimed right of center slant on Israel's security; section on “is Israel giving too much?”

The MediaLine

Nonprofit news organization established to enhance and balance media coverage in the Middle East, promote independent reporting in the region, and break down barriers to understanding in the Arab and Israeli journalism communities. Audio, video, text.

Stand With Us; Stand With Us Campus; Stand with Us International

News, Israel 101, articles; booklets, flyers; background resources, hot topics; films, briefings for students; speakers bureau; networking; leadership training; Israel promotion; Learn Israel: free curricular standard lesson plans and teacher resources.

Zionism on the Web

Essays and analysis on Zionism, advocacy and web 2.0 tools in anti-Israel media




Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel: Legal advocacy; monitors Israeli education policy, land reform and major rights issues.

Americans for Peace Now

Left. Weekly ME reports, press releases on current issues, action alerts, weekly US legislative roundup, issue briefs.

Bat Shalom

Feminist peace organization of Israeli women (associated with similar group of Palestinian women: Activist group, offers workshops, reports.


Israeli left-wing Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories. Statistics, reports/press releases on Israeli human-rights abuses. Activism info.

Foundation for Middle East Peace

Nonprofit dedicated to informing Americans about Israeli-Palestinian conflict & finding peaceful solution. Reports on Israeli settlements. Extensive maps, data.

Rabbis for Human Rights

Israeli organization gives voice to a Jewish and Zionist tradition of concern for human rights. Sounds alarm on issues of human rights in Israel and the territories.

Reut Institute

Public policy think tank for research - focus on socioeconomic parity, political life

Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group

Monitors human rights violations within the Palestinian Authority. Source of statistics and information on legal cases, sentencing, death penalty; articles by Bassam Eid.


Peres Center for Peace

Promotes civil society dialogue for NGOS and youth, cooperative environmental, health and economic projects, cultural contact, IT peace forums & projects in the field.

Bitter Lemons: Israeli-Palestinian Internet Dialogue

Presents Israeli & Palestinian viewpoints on issues (ME conflict, peace process & other regional issues). Different issue weekly; archives available.

Givat Haviva (Hashomer Hatzair)

Implements activities to develop the experience of equality between Jews and Arabs living in Israel, and provides tools to this end to help achieve peace. Houses research centers, library, seminar center; provides encounters for youth with partnered schools.

Israel/Palestine Center for Research & Information

Joint Israeli/Palestinian think tank, seeks practical solutions to conflict. Articles & papers on: Jerusalem, settlements, peace process, refugee Issues

Abraham Fund

Advancing coexistence and equality among Jews and Arabs in Israel. Guide to Arab society in Israel; fosters cross-cultural and cooperative initiatives across sectors of society; offers models, coexistence networks; equal opportunity training and advocacy.

Neve Shalom

A village established by Jewish and Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel, engaged in educational work for peace, equality and understanding. Visits, seminars, speakers.

IGC: All is One

Palestinian—Jewish dialogue group, offers dialogue resources online

Seeds of Peace

Empowering children of war to break the cycle of violence around the world and summer camps



Spielberg Archive

Repository of historical Israeli documentaries offers virtual cinema.

Ministry of Tourism

Photo gallery of Israel, virtual Israel

National Photo Collection

Searchable database, with online purchase for non-profit & media users

MFA/Consular Youtube links

Israeli documentary films and PowerPoints uploaded to youtube; interviews.

IDF on Youtube

Israel Defense Force documentary films and PowerPoints uploaded to youtube; interviews

Guy Shachar

Fascinating PowerPoints photo essays about Israel

Al Israel (About Israel)

Independent virtual interactive information center about Israel.


Useful directories for Israel

Project One Soul (UJC)

Multimedia memorials to victims of terror & blog, with archives; media center (old interviews); op-eds; news commentary (not updated)

Walk For Israel

Israel Emergency Solidarity Fund: Faces, stories of victims of terrorism

Education Department, JAFI

Where to find visual resources: FAQ & annotated collection to multimedia resources about Israel on the Internet. Also, Israel Song Finder.

Bible Books & Maps (Carta)

Biblical and contemporary maps of Israel, CDs, tour guidebooks. Sales.