Herzog College invites you to participate in an International Conference to mark 100 years of religious teachers’ education in Israel and to mark the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the “Seminar Mizrachi” named in honor of Eliezer Meir Lipschütz.

In view of the current challenges facing religious education, the conference aims to promote academic and cultural discourse in the field of religious teacher education, as well as Jewish education in Israel and the Diaspora.

The conference will present symposia and hold meetings with researchers, lecturers and teachers from Israel and around the world, and will serve as an opportunity to share current research in religious education.

The conference will take place June 20-22, 2021, 10-12 Tammuz 5781, in Jerusalem and Alon Shvut, Israel.

10-12 Tammuz 5781
June 20-22, 2021

in Jerusalem and Alon Shvut | Israel


The Humanities and Social Sciences Fund International Conference on Jewish Education:
Celebrating 100 Years of Religious Teacher Education

Teacher education in the religious education stream in Israel is now approaching its centennial, and it is important to encourage scholarly discourse in this area, particularly in light of the challenges faced by religious education today. It is incumbent upon us to strengthen research and cultural discourse dealing with the training of religious educators, and to examine it from different perspectives: psychological, gender-based, historical, sociological, pedagogical and cultural. At the same time, attention must be paid to the current and future challenges in the field of religious teacher education in all its different varieties.

The conference will offer opportunities for scholars from Israel and around the world to interact and to meet with professionals who teach the teachers, as well as with promising young people entering the field. The conference sessions will focus on research and scholarship that have direct impact on the process of training religious teachers in Israel and around the world, in diverse areas including education and pedagogy, Torah and values, organization and administration. The conference aims to promote educational discourse while serving as a platform to share current research in the field of religious education, and to promote practical insights for teacher training in Israel and around the world. In conjunction with these goals, the conference hopes to work towards the advancement of Jewish education in general and religious education in particular , multiculturalism, and pluralism of the present age.

We invite you to submit proposals for lecture sessions and scientific posters on the various topics of the conference, as detailed below:

  • Religious teacher training from a multicultural and religious perspective;
  • The future of teacher training in colleges of education;
  • Between religious, Jewish education and religious coercion;
  • Fundamental issues in religious education (faith; prayer; secularization; education for religious values in a digital, technological age; religious education study programs);
  • Research on religious education and the model religious educator;
  • The history of religious and Jewish teacher training;
  • Jewish education in the Diaspora;
  • The national religious education stream vs. other educational streams;
  • Management challenges in religious education;
  • Integration and segregation in religious education


Proposal submissions will be accepted until February 28, 2021. Late submissions will be accepted until March 30, 2021. Note: Consideration of late submissions will depend on the number of submissions received.

Conference topics

Jerusalem Tours

Tour of Jerusalem: Examining the Religious Teacher Seminar - the Hillel Building, the Ma'ale School, concluding in Heichal Shlomo Tour of the Heichal Shlomo Museum

Research on National Religious Education

Research on Jewish thought and the History of Teacher Education

Educational Research

The image of the religious teacher. Challenges faced by the National Religious Education system; Studies on religious teacher education in contrast with teacher training in other streams. Challenges presented by technology in religious teacher education.

Basic issues in Religious Education

Educating towards belief. Prayer education. Responding to the “Off the Derech” phenomenon; Religious values education in a technological age.

National Religious Education Session

The future of religious educators’ training with the shift to the Council for Higher Education Participants: Directors and Heads of the National Religious Education stream

Conference Lecturers