ITME ON THE ROAD
A NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH JCC Association
ITME and its principal educator, Avi Melamed, provide the leading, multi-modality learning experience about Israel and the Middle East. Content is current, compelling, and apolitical. ITME bridges preconceived notions, using historical context and contemporary resources to help program participants learn HOW to think about Israel and the entire Middle East, not WHAT to think, and to enable ongoing, authentic dialogue to strengthen interpersonal and communal ties.
As Israel nears a tremendous milestone, the Middle East is entering a new era. ITME sees this new era as an opportunity to solidify a new connection to Israel and anchor Israel as a central component of American Jewish identity. To understand Israel, you must understand the Middle East.
In May 2023, coincident with Israel’s 75th birthday, JCC Association and ITME will initiate a unique partnership through JCC Association’s Center for Israel Engagement.
Avi will present to JCC Association Board of Directors at its Annual Meeting, and he will travel to a select group of nearby communities to present sample programs from the ITME curriculum.
This sneak preview, as a prelude to a larger national program, is designed to demonstrate ITME’s distinct apolitical, non-partisan approach as a platform to create and foster an inclusive, positive, productive, and tolerant dialogue and discussion among people that span the ideological and political spectrum.
PILOT SPRING – SUMMER 2023
JCC Association represents the largest and most diverse platform for Jewish engagement in North America. Local JCCs are the ‘town square’ for the Jewish community and interested friends and neighbors.