Cohort 3 of the Graduate Degree in Israel Education at GWU Includes Jco Employee

The iCenter and The George Washington University are pleased to announce Cohort 3 of the Graduate Degree in Israel Education, including Michelle Schwartz of JEWISHcolorado. Thirty-one in-service professionals spanning the United States, Mexico, and Israel, were selected through a rigorous screening and admissions process for this prestigious opportunity. Members of Cohort 3 work in Jewish federations, foundations, advocacy and social justice organizations, day and supplementary schools, Israel travel programs, experiential education institutions, universities, campus Hillels, JCCs, Maccabi USA, and the Jewish Agency for Israel. Students enroll in a one-year Graduate Certificate program that ultimately can be leveraged toward a second-year Master’s Degree program.

For more information on the students in Cohort 3, click here.

The only program of its kind in the country, GW’s Graduate Degree in Israel Education, offered in partnership with The iCenter, provides rigorous academic preparation in the fields of experiential education and Israel studies towards the development of credentialed professional Israel educators. This unique integration of study, combined with individualized mentoring in the field, enhances the content knowledge, conceptual approaches, and pedagogical methods of Israel educators serving institutions across North America and Israel.

“The range of experienced educators and the diversity of institutions, settings, and nations represented in this stellar group enhances our learning considerably. We learn not only from the material we are studying, but also, and especially, from the perspectives on education and Israel each of us brings to the seminars. The growth of this program, even in the midst of global instability, is a testament to The iCenter’s tireless and leading work in building the professional field of Israel education–work that GW is very proud to be part of.” 

— Benjamin M. Jacobs, GW’s director of the degree program in Israel Education.

For more information about the GW Degree in Israel Education, visit

The Master’s program is made possible through generous support from The Marcus Foundation, which builds on seed funding for the one-year Certificate Program from the Jim Joseph Foundation.

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