IMPACT Israel Fellowship

*This Summer @akiva will offer IMPACT Israel Fellowship, a blend of online learning and leadership experience meant to empower young Jews to lead discourse surrounding Israel as a value, idea, and modern nation state of the Jewish people.

The Program will offer two tracks:

1. For rising 9th and 10th graders.

2. For rising 11th and 12th graders.

During the Program, the Fellows will debate, discuss, and engage with each other as they dive into questions challenging their Jewish identity.

Each fellow will be assigned to work with a locally based mentor as they create and present a project surrounding the implementation of the work and research they have done within their community.

The Program Logistics:

The Fellowship will run for three weeks from July 6 through July 25 (3 weeks) on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, 9-11 AM. On Thursdays there will be social programs in the evenings. In addition, the Fellows will have a weekly one on one meeting with their mentor to implement their project.

For the three-week  Fellowship, the cost is a total of $350.

For additional information, please email Tina Keller or call 216-409-2823.

*The Program will follow the OH guidelines of social distancing.

By engaging with multiple perspectives and challenging questions of identity, our program seeks to tackle the following questions:
1. What does Israel mean to me? 2. Do the Jews need their own country? 3. What is the Jewish connection to the land of Israel? 4. Why do so many people reject the Jewish need and right to a country?   5. Who are the Palestinians, and should they have their own country? 5. What does it mean that Israel is a Jewish & Democratic State? 6. How is Israel portrayed in the media? 7. American and Israeli Jewry – are we one people?

Registration Instructions:

1. Fill out the two part registration form. 

2. For Questions, please contact Tina Keller

Program Staff

Benji Davis

IMPACT Director
Benji Davis is a Jerusalem-based educator specializing in Israel education. He teaches the Challenging Israel Course to gap year students through Makom Israel, gives geopolitical lectures to 60+ Birthright-Israel groups a year, and leads seminars, tours and Shabbatons for many visiting groups to Israel. Benji grew up in Los Angeles, California, where he graduated from Milken Community High School, was active in Far West USY, and was a camper, counselor and unit head at Camp Ramah in California. Benji holds a BA in Middle East Studies & History, an MA in Jewish Education and is a doctoral student at the University of Haifa in the Faculty of Education, focusing his research on Israel education of Diaspora Jewry. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife Rachel and daughter Maia.

Michael Unterberg

Senior Israel Educator
Michael Unterberg has been an educator for over 20 years. He was a founding member of the Torat Tzion Kollel movement, led the Jewish History department at Fuchs Mizrachi School, and was lead educator for Write on For Israel in Cleveland, Ohio. Michael helped develop the Makom Challenging Israel curriculum, using the Understanding by Design framework, and is the creator and host of Makom’s Israel Teachers Lounge podcast. Mike lectures on Israel and Zionism to Birthright groups and various visiting Israel Missions. Michael studied philosophy in and received smicha (Rabbinic Ordination) from Yeshiva University. Mike and his wife Dara live in Efrat and have five children, two grandchildren and a mini-Schnauzer.

*This Summer @akiva will offer IMPACT Israel Fellowship, a blend of online learning and leadership experience meant to empower young Jews to lead discourse surrounding Israel as a value, idea, and modern nation state of the Jewish people.

The Program will offer two tracks:

1. For rising 9th and 10th graders.

2. For rising 11th and 12th graders.

During the Program, the Fellows will debate, discuss, and engage with each other as they dive into questions challenging their Jewish identity.

Each fellow will be assigned to work with a locally based mentor as they create and present a project surrounding the implementation of the work and research they have done within their community.

The Program Logistics:

The Fellowship will run for three weeks from July 6 through July 25 (3 weeks) on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, 9-11 AM. On Thursdays there will be social programs in the evenings. In addition, the Fellows will have a weekly one on one meeting with their mentor to implement their project.

For the three-week  Fellowship, the cost is a total of $350.

For additional information, please email Tina Keller or call 216-409-2823.

*The Program will follow the OH guidelines of social distancing.

By engaging with multiple perspectives and challenging questions of identity, our program seeks to tackle the following questions:
1. What does Israel mean to me? 2. Do the Jews need their own country? 3. What is the Jewish connection to the land of Israel? 4. Why do so many people reject the Jewish need and right to a country?   5. Who are the Palestinians, and should they have their own country? 5. What does it mean that Israel is a Jewish & Democratic State? 6. How is Israel portrayed in the media? 7. American and Israeli Jewry – are we one people?

Program Staff

Benji Davis

IMPACT Director
Benji Davis is a Jerusalem-based educator specializing in Israel education. He teaches the Challenging Israel Course to gap year students through Makom Israel, gives geopolitical lectures to 60+ Birthright-Israel groups a year, and leads seminars, tours and Shabbatons for many visiting groups to Israel. Benji grew up in Los Angeles, California, where he graduated from Milken Community High School, was active in Far West USY, and was a camper, counselor and unit head at Camp Ramah in California. Benji holds a BA in Middle East Studies & History, an MA in Jewish Education and is a doctoral student at the University of Haifa in the Faculty of Education, focusing his research on Israel education of Diaspora Jewry. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife Rachel and daughter Maia.

Michael Unterberg

Senior Israel Educator
Michael Unterberg has been an educator for over 20 years. He was a founding member of the Torat Tzion Kollel movement, led the Jewish History department at Fuchs Mizrachi School, and was lead educator for Write on For Israel in Cleveland, Ohio. Michael helped develop the Makom Challenging Israel curriculum, using the Understanding by Design framework, and is the creator and host of Makom’s Israel Teachers Lounge podcast. Mike lectures on Israel and Zionism to Birthright groups and various visiting Israel Missions. Michael studied philosophy in and received smicha (Rabbinic Ordination) from Yeshiva University. Mike and his wife Dara live in Efrat and have five children, two grandchildren and a mini-Schnauzer.

Registration Instructions:

1. Fill out the two part registration form. 

2. For Questions, please contact Tina Keller