As part of its quest to create and implement initiatives that engage Jews around the world in a brand of Judaism and Zionism that holds contemporary significance for them, the Shalom Hartman Institute introduced the Be’eri program. This program serves as a resource center for educators in secular high schools across Israel, who in turn influence Israeli youth to embrace their Jewish-Israeli identity and by so doing reclaim their heritage.
The pluralistic, values-based Be’eri Jewish-Israeli identity education program enables students in secular Israeli high schools to reclaim ownership of their Jewish identity by presenting them with a Judaism that is meaningful and relevant to their daily lives. A resource center for high schools, Be’eri introduces hundreds of educators and tens of thousands of students throughout Israel to a multifaceted and diverse approach to Judaism.
Through the pursuit of Jewish values, concepts, and texts, Be’eri creates a critical shift in the personal and national identity of Israeli youth from a range of socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds, advancing their transformation into proud Jews and revealing to them—often for the first time—that there are many different and inspiring ways to be Jewish. The program instills in them a greatly enhanced sense of mission and an understanding that they are an integral part of a nation and its heritage, culture, and purpose.
A holistic initiative, Be’eri stands above other programs aimed at strengthening pluralistic Jewish education due to the quality of its programming, the breadth of its reach, and a wide range of strategic partnerships that the program has fostered. Be’eri works closely with schools as well as governmental and municipal partners and other educational organizations from which it enjoys significant support. The quality of the Jewish educational experience afforded by Be’eri has earned the program national recognition, which includes support and certification from the Israeli Ministry of Education and partner municipalities.
Profoundly influencing students, teachers, principals, parents, and municipal change agents, Be’eri reaches more than 90,000 students in more than 115 high schools and partners with 10 municipalities. Hundreds of educators are enrolled in long- and short-term training at the Be’eri School for Teacher Education. Be'eri, in partnership with the Israel Center for Educational Technology, the AVI CHAI Foundation, and the Posen Foundation, runs a Tarbut Yisrael website that serves as a resource center for educational materials that focus on strengthening pluralistic Jewish-Israeli heritage studies in the Israeli public realm.
The Russell Berrie Foundation
Crown Family Philanthropies
Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh
Montreal Federation CJA
The June Baumgartner Gelbart Foundation
The Alan B. Slifka Foundation
Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco
Israeli Philanthropic Partners
Mr. Alan Feld and Dr. LeeOna Fisher
Ms. Raya Strauss Ben Dror
Tmura: The Israeli Public Service Venture Fund
Israel Ministry of Education
Municipality of Haifa
Municipality of Modi’in
Municipality of Be’er Sheva
Municipality of Nazereth Illit
Golan Regional Council
Municipality of Karmiel
Munivipality of Or Akiva
Municipality of Herzliya
Municipality of Kiryat Ono
Hof HaKarmel Regional Council