The Jewish Education Project

Qushiyot Israel Education Fellowship Application: 2019-2020

A partnership between The Jewish Education Project and Makom

Qushiyot is a 10-month network experience, offering an opportunity to connect with colleagues of diverse perspectives and to partake in a range of learning opportunities to spur innovation. It is a comprehensive, open approach to Israel education that embraces the vibrant complexity of Israel.

  • Benefit from individual coaching and professional development for teaching Israel in part-time settings to youth, pre-teens and teens.

  • Experience our intensive 6-day workshop in Israel, based around Makom's Four Hatikvah Questions (4HQ) method.
            - Develop contemporary, meaningful, and relevant Israel curriculum
            - Learn how to build support from key lay and professional leadership
            - Address controversial issues and your own relationship to Israel

Important Details and Dates

In 2019-2020 we will run one cohort of 20 educators beginning in September 2019 and concluding in June 2020.  The dates are as follows*:

  • September 4 - 5, 2019 - Two day intro workshop
  • November 5, 2019 - webinar
  • January 14 - 19, 2020 - Israel workshop  
  • February 26-27, 2020  - Two day workshop for Qushiyot fellows and broader field
  • March 2020 (exact date TBD) - cultural event
  • May 6, 2020 - webinar 
  • June 16 - 17, 2020 - Two day workshop for Qushiyot fellows and broader field
  • $500 participant contribution covers three NYC-based workshops, up to 5 1-hour individual coaching sessions, webinars, cultural event and 6-day training in Israel (including full program, double-occupancy accommodations, and meals)**

* All dates tentative until confirmed by The Jewish Education Project

**All land costs will be completely subsidized. Qushiyot covers 50% of round-trip flights (up to max of $700) pending funding.    

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Please note that Qushiyot is open only to educators from part-time Jewish settings such as congregations and JCC's, from Long Island, the 5 boroughs of NYC and Westchester.

Still have questions? Please email Abby Pitkowsky at
Qushiyot Israel Education Fellowship

Collaborative Partners from your Organization

One professional leader and one lay leader are expected to support the educator's participation in this initiative. All three of you are expected to attend the first half of the first day of the workshop on September 4th -5th. 

Please indicate your senior professional and lay leader below.

Personal Response Questions

Thank you,
If you have any questions, please contact Abby Pitkowsky at (914) 328-8090.

By submitting my application I am confirming that:

  • I am an employee of a Jewish organization (congregation, JCC, or other part-time educational setting) based in the 5 boroughs of  New York, Westchester or Long Island
  • I have spent a significant time in Israel (more than 10 days)
  • I have current or future responsibility for teaching Israel at my organization to students grades 2-12 and have a desire to upgrade the Israel education at the organization
  • I have permission from my supervisor at my current organization for full participation in the Qushiyot Israel Education Fellowship or as explained "no" in the question above
  • My organization will cover the $500 program fee or I will cover the cost by other means
  • I understand that Qushiyot will cover 50% of the round-trip flight to Israel up to $700 (pending funding)
  • If accepted into the Qushiyot Israel Education Fellowship, I understand that I will attend all workshops and components during the fellowship September 2019 - June 2020

        • January 14-19, 2020: intensive 6-day workshop in Israel 
        • September 4-5 2019 / February 26-27 2020 / June 16-17 2020 - 2-day workshops in Manhattan 
        • November 5, 2019 and May 6, 2020: webinar

·             And finally, I will fully participate in regular coaching sessions.