Beit Morasha of Jerusalem

Field of Interest: 
Jewish Identity
Program Name: 
Recreation and Education
Grant Type: 
Organization Description: 

Founded in 1990, Beit Morasha works to provide intellectual leaders and decision makers with the skills to inspire Jewish and Zionist identity, champion an inclusive vision of Judaism, and bolster the strength and solidarity of the Jewish people in Israel and throughout the world. Its educational and academic programs include informal values education in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), Jewish heritage education models for Israel's Education Ministry, the Israel Center for Conversion Policy, and adult education and leadership training.  Beit Morasha is a partner in the development and oversight of all Jewish identity and values education programs in the IDF Education Corps.

The Recreation and Education program provides 40 4-day training seminars in partnership with the IDF Education Corps for battalions of approximately 250-400 IDF officers and soldiers to implement activities that strengthen soldiers’ connection with their Jewish identity, heritage and values.  On Days 1 and 2, the Beit Morasha facilitator meets with the officers and commanders of the battalion and introduces the commanders to Beit Midrash materials and outdoor education techniques. On Days 3 and 4, the commanders use these materials and techniques with their soldiers. Following each seminar, the senior commanders of the battalions are interviewed and surveyed to evaluate the program’s impact.

Grant Purpose: 

Train IDF combat officers to engage their soldiers in explorations of Jewish values and identity.

Beit Morasha is committed to advancing a vibrant and inclusive vision of Judaism, and to cultivating relevant and inspiring leadership for Israel and the Jewish world.

Paul Wimpfheimer
Vice President, Beit Morasha.