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 mission of the Be'eri Program is to:
Expand the breadth and depth of pluralistic Jewish-Israeli identity education among Israeli youth attending non-religious state high schools.
Introduce non-religious Israelis to a multifaceted approach to Judaism that is meaningful and relevant to their daily lives.
- Present Jewish-Israeli culture in a manner that helps Israelis who are not religiously observant to form a pluralistic worldview with which to address challenges of living in a diverse Jewish-Israeli democracy.
- Develop innovative formal and informal education methodologies that encourage educators, students, and parents to take Jewish values-based social action.
The Be'eri program, its team, and its pedagogial approach have been central in strengthening the place of Tarbut Yisrael (Jewish heritage studies) in the secular Israeli educational system. This change has created a paradigm shift in the personal and national identity of tens of thousands of Israeli youth, transforming them into proud Jews and introducing them - often for the first time - to the many different and inspiring ways that there are to be Jewish.
Profoundly influencing students, teachers, principals, parents, and municipal change agents, Be’eri reaches more than 90,000 students in more than 125 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.
Since its inception in 2006, just eight years, Be'eri has become the largest and most influential Jewish-Israeli identity education program in Israel. A holistic combination of components, influencing students, teachers, and government and civil leadership, has and is creating a new meaning of Jewish heritage in Israeli society.
Be'eri Philanthropic and Public Partners
The Russell Berrie Foundation
UJA - Federation of New York
Crown Family Philanthropies
Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh
Montreal Federation CJA
The Alan B. Slifka Foundation
Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco
The June Baumgartner Gelbart Foundation
Israel Philanthropic Partners
Mr. Alan Feld and Dr. LeeOna Fisher
Ms. Raya Strauss Ben Dror
Tmura: The Israeli Public Service Venture Fund
Israeli Ministry of Education
Municipality of Haifa
Municipality of Modi'in
Municipality of Be'er Sheva
Municipality of Nazareth Illit
Golan Regional Council
Municipality of Karmiel
Municipality of Or Akiva
Hof HaKarmel Regional Council
Municipality of Herzliya
Municipality of Kiryat Ono