Step Up For Israel was created as an international grassroots campaign to educate individuals and communities about Israel and give them the tools to defend and promote it. It is a project of Jerusalem U and chaired by renowned Middle East experts Professor Alan Dershowitz and Ambassador Dore Gold.
Step Up For Israel aims to inform and educate people about Israel and its contribution to the world. It also aims to create awareness of the growing movement to delegitimize Israel and to motivate people to learn the facts and step up on Israel's behalf.
Step Up For Israel uses the medium of film to educate and engage, supplementing its visual education with moderator's guides, lesson plans and online resources offering creative ideas, topics for discussion and practical exercises and simulations.
The Step Up For Israel curriculum is based on Jerusalem U's films Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference, Beneath the Helmet: From High School to the Home Front, Crossing the Line 2: The New Face of Anti-Semitism on Campus, and other films and clips.
Presenting a side of Israel not so commonly shown in the international media, this unit uses animation, diagrams and original footage to illustrate the power of a people who started with nothing in the aftermath of the Holocaust and transformed a desert land to become one of the world's leading innovators in a whole range of fields.
Based on a film presenting the real-life coming-of-age of five young Israeli soldiers, this unit discusses the challenges they face and begs comparisons with their peers in the U.S..
A unit examining and analyzing the rising trend of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel activities on college campuses. Particular attention is given to BDS and how Jewish students can respond.
This class presents the historical, legal and religious connections between the Jewish people and its national homeland.Israel's wars, from the Israel War of Independence in 1948 through to Operation Protective Edge in 2014
The Palestinian Narrative
Practical techniques and tools for Israel advocacy
Gaza: addressing the difficult questions
The Western values that lie at the root of modern Israel
Step Up For Israel offers tailored educational products built on the above films for specific target audiences:Israel Inside/Out
Step Up for Israel Teen Course
Step Up for Israel Mini-Series for Organizations
Host a Screening
Step Up for Israel Mini-Series
Ambassador Daniel Ayalon
Professor Alan Dershowitz
Sir Martin Gilbert
Ambassador Dore Gold
Professor Mordechai Kedar
Colonel Richard Kemp
Professor Bernard Lewis
Professor David Luchins
Professor Sharon Musher
Professor Robert S. Wistrich
Professor Alan Dershowitz and Ambassador Dore Gold
Over 90 organizations are listed as partners with the Step Up For Israel project. Some of the prominent partners listed are: Jewish National Fund, Hillel, Nefesh B'Nefesh and NCSY.