Jerusalem – March 16, 2020
As educational institutions close and travel halts due to Coronavirus, StandWithUs is utilizing technology to continue to educate about Israel, provide unique Israel experiences, fight antisemitism and build a growing community for people around the world.
StandWithUsConnect – a new digital platform launching this week - will feature high quality, interactive educational content for people of all ages. Live webinars will include everything from antisemitism and Israeli archeology to virtual yoga classes with an Israeli touch.
The first webinar will be held Wednesday, March 18. Charlotte Korchak, StandWithUs director of international student programs will review, "Misconceptions about Israel, Zionism, and Jews."
A full schedule of webinars is on the website and will be constantly updated.
StandWithUs CEO Roz Rothstein said: “In the face of widespread disruption caused by Coronavirus, StandWithUs remains committed to our mission of educating about Israel and fighting antisemitism around the world. That’s why we’re launching StandWithUsConnect. With this new free online resource, we aim to bring education and community that you and your family can access from the comfort of home.”
Through StandWithUsConnect, the organization will be taking its in-person campus, high school, middle school and community programs online. People of all ages can join existing or book special interactive live sessions with StandWithUs educators for their local groups and audiences.
StandWithUs will also be giving would-be tourists a taste of Israel with live tours of prominent sites, led by StandWithUs in-house expert guide and Director of Tourism, Yoni Zierler.
Michael Dickson, StandWithUs Israel Executive Director said: “At StandWithUs, we were early adopters of social media and have always prided ourselves on creativity. Now circumstances demand us to be even more imaginative in the way we engage people with Israel. Our live briefings, panels, and Q & A’s with StandWithUs educators and prominent experts on Israel and fighting antisemitism, as well as our fun, interactive sessions are designed for youth, students and adults looking to learn more and participate in something meaningful from home.”
StandWithUsConnect will also house the best of the organization’s vast library of educational video resources and TV interviews all in one place for free, on-demand viewing via computer, tablet or phone.
To access content and see the program schedule, go to: www.standwithusconnect.com
StandWithUs (SWU) is an eighteen year-old, international, non-profit and non-partisan Israel education organization that works to inspire and educate people of all ages about Israel, as well as challenge misinformation and fight against antisemitism.
Through university fellowships, high school internships, middle school curricula, conferences, materials, social media, educational films and missions to Israel, StandWithUs supports people around the world who want to educate their schools and communities about Israel.
Based in Los Angeles, the organization has chapters and offices throughout the U.S., in Israel, the UK, Canada and Brazil.
For the last 7 years, SWU has consistently received the highest ratings from Charity Navigator (4 stars) and Guidestar (Platinum).