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StandWithUs Connect

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All sessions (with the exception of Live Tours) can be run virtually or as on-site presentations, subject to conditions allowing for it.

Everything Israel

Israel 101


A comprehensive overview of Israel’s inspiring story, from 3,000 years ago until today. Duration: 1 Hour




A Middle East Overview: Part 1


Part 1 of “A Middle East Overview” demonstrates the bilateral and multilateral relationships and power struggles in the region. We will explore the relationship between Sunni and Shia populations, including how their ancient split impacts the modern-day relationships between countries in the Middle East. Duration: 30–45 Minutes




A Middle East Overview: Part 2


Part 2 of “A Middle East Overview” provides a foundation for understanding the current dynamics in the region. It will explain how the complex nature of modern relationships between these countries has developed over time. This program will provide a greater understanding of the relationships between Israel’s neighbors so that we can more accurately recognize how these relationships influence the decisions these countries make regarding Israel. Duration: 30–45 Minutes




Dual Narratives


This program is a deep dive into the Arab–Israeli conflict. We go from black and white to shades of gray. The goal is to recognize how complex the issues have become as the conflict has evolved over time. Duration: 1 hour




Understanding the History of the Arab–Israeli Conflict


This fact-based and fast-paced presentation will cover the origins of the Arab–Israeli conflict as well as the rise of Palestinian nationalism. We will discuss root causes and the impact they have had—and will continue to have—on the peace process. Duration: 1–1.5 hours




Diving Deeper into the West Bank: History, Legality, and Policy


This informational presentation will examine the history of the West Bank/Judea and Samaria and how we arrived at where we are today. We will discuss control over the area and how it has changed in the last 100 years, resolutions and agreements that were passed or signed, settlement communities and the controversies surrounding them, possible solutions, and proposed compromises. This is a fact-based and content-driven presentation that does not push any one political agenda but allows the participants to decide for themselves how they feel about this complex and disputed area. Duration: 1–1.5 hours




Ethiopian Experience


There are approximately 150,000 Ethiopian Jews in Israel. Learn about Ethiopian Jewish history, tradition, and culture in this interactive lecture. You will hear first hand about the history of Ethiopian Jews and their arduous journey to Israel. We will open your eyes to the diversity of Israel and your senses to the amazing customs, music and food of Ethiopian Jewry!





Live Tours

Jerusalem: LIVE—Jewish Quarter


Explore the ancient connection of the Jewish people to Jerusalem as we walk to the Western Wall by way of the Jewish Quarter. Together, we will uncover over 2,000 years of history and share a moment of prayer and reflection at the Kotel. Notes may be sent in advance of the tour for delivery to the Western Wall during the broadcast. Duration: 1–1.25 hours




Jerusalem: LIVE—Nachlaot


Stroll through the colorful alleyways of the sixth neighborhood built outside the walls of the Old City. Comprised of 32 different and smaller neighborhoods, Nachlaot was founded by Jewish immigrants from around the world who endowed each neighborhood with their own identity. We will discover the incredible characteristics and the diverse cultures that have made Nachlaot into a haven for Haredim and hipsters alike. Duration: 1–1.25 hours




Jerusalem: LIVE—Mishkenot Sheananim


The revolutionary first neighborhood built outside the walls of the Old City: While visiting the neighborhood’s vintage windmills and original houses, we will examine the events that led up to its creation, its founding by Sir Moses Montefiore, and its critical role from the War of Independence to the Six-Day War. Duration: 1–1.25 hours




Jerusalem: LIVE—Strategic Tour


At Jerusalem's southern edge, we will examine Jerusalem's expansion post-1967, peer into Bethlehem, and understand security challenges and solutions while standing next to a section of Israel's security barrier. Not available in winter Duration: 1–1.25 hours




Gush Etzion: LIVE


Understand the historical and strategic significance and unravel some of the complicated issues of Judea and Samaria/the West Bank on a walk through the Path of the Patriarchs—the ancient road that connected southern Israel to Jerusalem. Duration: 1–1.25 hours





Antisemitism

Antisemitism vs. Legitimate Criticism of Israel


Sometimes the difference between antisemitism vs. legitimate criticism is black and white, but often it’s difficult to evaluate and distinguish between the two. This program gives you a tool kit to identify the difference, empowers you to participate in difficult conversations about this topic, and inspires you to be creative and thoughtful with the language you use to introduce, defend, and celebrate Israel. Duration: 45 minutes




Fighting Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism: Strategies that Support and Empower Students on the Ground


This is an interactive workshop to learn about what StandWithUs is doing to fight antisemitism on college campuses and what you can do yourself. You will also have the chance to learn about and craft your own responses to real-life instances of anti-Zionism and antisemitism on college campuses across the country. Duration: 1 hour




Concepts and Misconceptions About Israel, Zionism, and Jews


This practical presentation discusses core concepts and misconceptions regarding Israel, Zionism, and the Jewish people and provides the audience with the tools needed to explain these topics to those less informed. Moreover, we will also tackle the core claims made against Israel’s right to exist, providing the necessary knowledge and skills to challenge those arguments and ultimately show how these expressions of anti-Zionism are, in fact, antisemitism. Duration: 1-1.5 hours





Live Tours

Jerusalem: LIVE—Jewish Quarter


Explore the ancient connection of the Jewish people to Jerusalem as we walk to the Western Wall by way of the Jewish Quarter. Together, we will uncover over 2,000 years of history and share a moment of prayer and reflection at the Kotel. Notes may be sent in advance of the tour for delivery to the Western Wall during the broadcast. Duration: 1–1.25 hours




Jerusalem: LIVE—Nachlaot


Stroll through the colorful alleyways of the sixth neighborhood built outside the walls of the Old City. Comprised of 32 different and smaller neighborhoods, Nachlaot was founded by Jewish immigrants from around the world who endowed each neighborhood with their own identity. We will discover the incredible characteristics and the diverse cultures that have made Nachlaot into a haven for Haredim and hipsters alike. Duration: 1–1.25 hours




Jerusalem: LIVE—Mishkenot Sheananim


The revolutionary first neighborhood built outside the walls of the Old City: While visiting the neighborhood’s vintage windmills and original houses, we will examine the events that led up to its creation, its founding by Sir Moses Montefiore, and its critical role from the War of Independence to the Six-Day War. Duration: 1–1.25 hours




Jerusalem: LIVE—Strategic Tour


At Jerusalem's southern edge, we will examine Jerusalem's expansion post-1967, peer into Bethlehem, and understand security challenges and solutions while standing next to a section of Israel's security barrier. Not available in winter Duration: 1–1.25 hours




Gush Etzion: LIVE


Understand the historical and strategic significance and unravel some of the complicated issues of Judea and Samaria/the West Bank on a walk through the Path of the Patriarchs—the ancient road that connected southern Israel to Jerusalem. Duration: 1–1.25 hours





Workshops

Know Your Rights


An in-depth look at the rights of and current legal issues facing Jewish and pro-Israel students, faculty, and community members. We will focus on select examples of antisemitism or anti-Israel activity on U.S. campuses and in communities nationwide and how the StandWithUs Saidoff Legal Department empowers the pro-Israel community to fight back and enforce the pro-Israel communities’ rights when they are infringed upon. Duration: 1 Hour




Answering Tough Questions About Israel Under International Law


This presentation reviews core concepts of international law and then addresses those questions most asked about Israel under international law, such as whether settlements are legal, what is a disputed territory, what is a refugee, etc. Duration: 1 hour




Grill The Expert/s


Students on college campuses are consistently challenged with questions about Israel, and, more often than not, they struggle to respond. This practical workshop will allow the audience to share the most difficult questions they’ve faced, receive answers rooted in the facts, as well gain the tools to respond effectively to the different audiences they may encounter. Topics that are covered usually include the claim of stolen land, apartheid, occupation, settlements, roots of the conflict, and many others. Duration: 1–1.5 hours




Building Your Personal Story


This engaging workshop includes an emphasis on the power of the personal story. Focusing on a “people-to-people” diplomacy approach, we will empower participants to take their experiences and relationship to Israel back to their campuses, communities, and organizations—and use them to better discuss Israel. In a world where the battle for hearts and minds is sometimes based more on emotion than on rationale, personal encounters and experiences have a huge impact toward engaging with others about Israel. Duration: 1 hour




Fighting Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism: Strategies that Support and Empower Students on the Ground


This is an interactive workshop to learn about what StandWithUs is doing to fight antisemitism on college campuses and what you can do yourself. You will also have the chance to learn about and craft your own responses to real-life instances of anti-Zionism and antisemitism on college campuses across the country. Duration: 1 hour




Understanding the BDS Campaign


An introduction to the BDS movement, its tactics on college campuses, and how we can effectively overcome it, this presentation can be modified to specifically focus on resolutions or referendums as well. Duration: 1 hour




Emerging Anti-Israel Campaigns


On college campuses around the world, groups hostile to Israel’s right to exist seek to influence the opinions of impressionable students, traditionally through campaigns like BDS and Israel Apartheid Week. Almost everyone knows what a BDS resolution is like, as it’s a tactic most students have seen on their campus at some point and one that has not changed all too much nationally in the past decade. But, right now, adversaries of Israel are developing new campaigns and events that are much more nuanced and complex, including messaging that alienates Zionists and Jews from progressive spaces and indoctrinates future leaders to hold anti-Israel positions. Join us in a brand-new webinar about the newest trends in anti-Israel activity on campuses. Duration: 1 hour




Zionism and Feminism


In recent years, we have seen the argument that one cannot be a Zionist and a feminist. This has particularly become a challenge for Zionist feminists regarding involvement with the Women’s March. How can supporters of Israel also support the feminist movement? Join us for an interactive discussion about the history, waves, and types of Zionism and feminism. You will be introduced to strategies to educate your peers about Zionism and feminism and learn about how one can be a Zionist AND a feminist. Duration: 1 hour




Reclaiming Our Narrative


In this presentation, we will cover how to tell Israel’s story, tie in personal narratives, and frame messaging about Israel in a way that is more emotionally and intellectually compelling. The goal is to inspire with Israel’s story and help others do the same for their peers. Duration: 1 hour




Relationship Building, Lobbying, and Leadership


This presentation focuses on best practices for long-term coalition and relationship building, short-term strategies for lobbying student governments, and leadership skills in the context of facilitating a group space fueled by empowerment, teamwork, and smart delegation. Duration: 1 hour




Campaign Strategy


Learn about marketing methods to develop a campaign on campus and best practices for implementation—from campaign building all the way through campaign execution and followup. Duration: 1 hour




Becoming a Brand Ambassador


We’ll explore what it means to be an effective ambassador on campus as the “face” of a movement, covering best practices for engagement, branding, and programming. Duration: 1 hour




The Power of Experiencing


In this workshop, we’ll learn about the art of appeal, what messaging works and when to use it, and how to provide a meaningful and powerful experience for your community when educating about Israel. Duration: 1 hour




Intersectionality 101


Learn about this prominent tool for organizing on campus and how it is used in progressive spaces. Duration: 1 hour




Fact Checking 101


Learn how to evaluate sources of information and sources of disinformation as it pertains to Israel. Duration: 45 minutes




Art of Mass Appeal


Learn how to bring Israel education to your campus in a dynamic way by meeting your peers where they are at; ensuring meaningful, effective, and engaging programming and campaigns. Duration: 1-1.5 hours





Live Tours

Jerusalem: LIVE—Jewish Quarter


Explore the ancient connection of the Jewish people to Jerusalem as we walk to the Western Wall by way of the Jewish Quarter. Together, we will uncover over 2,000 years of history and share a moment of prayer and reflection at the Kotel. Notes may be sent in advance of the tour for delivery to the Western Wall during the broadcast. Duration: 1–1.25 hours




Jerusalem: LIVE—Nachlaot


Stroll through the colorful alleyways of the sixth neighborhood built outside the walls of the Old City. Comprised of 32 different and smaller neighborhoods, Nachlaot was founded by Jewish immigrants from around the world who endowed each neighborhood with their own identity. We will discover the incredible characteristics and the diverse cultures that have made Nachlaot into a haven for Haredim and hipsters alike. Duration: 1–1.25 hours




Jerusalem: LIVE—Mishkenot Sheananim


The revolutionary first neighborhood built outside the walls of the Old City: While visiting the neighborhood’s vintage windmills and original houses, we will examine the events that led up to its creation, its founding by Sir Moses Montefiore, and its critical role from the War of Independence to the Six-Day War. Duration: 1–1.25 hours




Jerusalem: LIVE—Strategic Tour


At Jerusalem's southern edge, we will examine Jerusalem's expansion post-1967, peer into Bethlehem, and understand security challenges and solutions while standing next to a section of Israel's security barrier. Not available in winter Duration: 1–1.25 hours




Gush Etzion: LIVE


Understand the historical and strategic significance and unravel some of the complicated issues of Judea and Samaria/the West Bank on a walk through the Path of the Patriarchs—the ancient road that connected southern Israel to Jerusalem. Duration: 1–1.25 hours





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