Welcome to BASIS!

BASIS – the Israel Education Day School project – is designed to integrate Israel Education across a school’s curriculum, so that it is aligned with each school’s mission and goals, and at the core of each school’s community and culture. BASIS provides a framework that supports students, educators and the greater school community in building personal, enduring connections to Israel and the Israeli people.

The San Francisco-based Jim Joseph Foundation funded the first BASIS initiative, which brought together 11 Bay Area Jewish Day Schools, from Sacramento to San Jose. These schools and their educators advanced and formalized Israel education and engagement in their own communities, and continue to deepen the connections between students and Israel.

Jewish LearningWorks (formerly the Bureau of Jewish Education) led the initiative. The funded initiative is completed; however the educational work and innovation continue inside each school. This website documents BASIS, its methods, achievements and lessons learned, and is designed as a guide for educators and others interested in Israel education, so that they might benefit from our experience, emulate it, and apply some of our strategies.

We address questions, including –

  • How can I improve Israel education at my school?
  • What do I need to know if I wish to lead a multi-school educational improvement initiative?
  • What can I learn from the experience of those who participated in BASIS (The Israel Education Day School Initiative) in Northern California?

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