Special Programs

Beyond CIJE’s investment in K-12 curricula and events, the organization continues to work on programs in line with our values beyond school walls. Our work and investments include meaningful Holocaust education, imbuing a love of Israel and Jerusalem, developing PPE to keep healthcare workers safe, and more.

Investment in the Development & Distribution of iTalAM

iTaLAM is a digital blended learning environment based on the printed TaLAM Hebrew language and Jewish heritage curriculum. It is a cross-denominational, interactive curriculum used by a spectrum of Jewish school settings. CIJE-network schools using iTaLAM are eligible for a per-student subsidy.

CIJE is proud to be among the original partners in the development of iTaLAM, bringing this important technological tool to Jewish schools all around the world.

Journey to the Startup Nation

CIJE brings a cohort of students and teachers each year to Israel on its signature “Journey to the Start-Up Nation.” Students learn how successful engineers and business people approach problems and find marketable solutions in the holy land. Many graduates of CIJE programs take these priceless experiences and insights with them as they journey through college and enter competitive careers.

The group meets with educators, entrepreneurs, teams at major companies, and entrepreneurs with successful start-ups. They participate in workshops and hands-on activities at the Technion and Weizmann Institutes.

Jerusalem the Eternal City

CIJE partnered with Compedia to develop “Jerusalem The Eternal City,” an app that delves into the intricacies of the heart of Israel. This app is available to all the Jewish day schools and yeshivot in the CIJE network across the United States. In the app, students explore Jerusalem in three different historical periods by walking alongside King David, analyzing ancient artifacts, and much more.

IWitness Holocaust Education Initiative

IWitness-CIJE Jewish Day School Initiative, created in collaboration with the USC-Shoah Foundation, brings first-person survivor accounts into classrooms with interactive activities created specifically for Jewish school communities. Students learn about pre-war Jewish life in Europe, as well as details of survival and heroism in the ghettos and camps, connecting students with this difficult time in Jewish History.

The USC Shoah Foundation and CIJE have teamed up to create the IWitness-CIJE Jewish Day School Initiative to empower educators to unlock the potential of testimony-based teaching in the classroom. Drawing on USC Shoah Foundation’s vast library of audiovisual testimony of survivors and witnesses of genocide, IWitness-CIJE Jewish Day School Initiative encourages students to find inspiration in voices of the past.

COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Initiative

At CIJE, we dedicated ourselves to helping facilitate the widespread home-creation of protective gear to safeguard healthcare workers. We were contacted by healthcare facilities to help fill in the shortage of faceguards. CIJE created avenues of collaboration between a community of engineers who experimented with numerous approaches to creating face shields and perfected an easy way for the public to get involved without the need for expensive machinery.