About the Institute

TALI, The Center Educating for Jewish Pluralism, offers programs exploring the exciting myriad expressions of Jewish and Israeli identities.

TALI’s activities engage the texts and traditions forming Judaism’s core to deepen an understanding of one’s identity. TALI invites new generations of Israelis to critically think about identity by presenting a world composed of multiple layers of Jewish and universal traditions. For, only by understanding one’s place within this Jewish mosaic, can one form a relationship with and deepen one’s own identity and its connection to society.

With Israel facing an identity crisis, the core conversation in TALI’s educational process is ensuring that Jewish, Israeli and universal values remain relevant and required for students, schools and the community’s long-term vision.

With experiential and thinking tools, educators and students enrich and improve expression of their responsibilities to the Jewish People and the State of Israel.

TALI programs guide hundreds of schools in Israel, reaching over 65,000 students. Around the globe, the Center’s materials are utilized to show that the diversity of opinions and lifestyles is the power behind the Jewish people throughout the ages.

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4 Avraham Granot st., Jerusalem, Israel
TALI Schools
TALI Preschools

10th Grade New Identity Program

The Tenth Grade New Identity Program is a year-long curriculum for tenth graders, complemented by three-day retreats, dedicated to understanding the role of Jewish identity in the complex Israeli reality. In the tenth grade, Israeli teens receive their national identification cards and begin the IDF army enlistment process. These milestones of civil life call for introspection of what it means to be a Jewish citizen of Israel. The program was launched in fall 2018 in ten Israeli high schools, with expansion planned in subsequent years.

Dialogue and Identity

Dialogue and Identity, in partnership with the Rossing Center for Education and Dialogue,  pairs Jewish and Arab-Christian schools exposing Jewish- and Arab- Israeli schoolchildren to the rich cultures and religions that share the Land of Israel. Children learn about family traditions in Christianity, Judaism and Islam. The program is planned and facilitated for each school pair by two teachers – one from a Jewish school and one from a Christian one (nearly half of the students from the Arab-Christian schools are Muslim).The program began in 2006 in eight schools, and is currently run in 24 Israeli schools. This project is co-funded by the European Union.


Halleli (Hebrew acronym for Invitation to Study Israeli Judaism) is an intensive learning experience that helps principals and teachers articulate visions of contemporary Jewish-Israeli Identity, and cultivates the professional leadership and commitment necessary for the expansion of pluralistic Jewish education throughout the entire secular public school system. In more than 200 hours of workshops and seminars, participants explore Philosophy of Jewish Education; Classic Jewish Texts; Judaism Throughout the Ages; and How Crises Spark Creativity and Renewal. The program culminates with a study trip to North America. Participants encounter Jewish leaders and educators from different denominations and explore the diversity of communal institutions, approaches to Jewish education and expressions of voluntary Jewish life.

The School Rabbis Program

The School Rabbis Program adds a critical dimension of spiritual education to the TALI school network by providing non-observant children, teachers, and parents with positive educational and spiritual experiences with rabbis. The rabbis represent a new type of role model for the pupils and their parents – one of a tolerant and open-minded spiritual educator who relates to them in a language and style that is at once inclusive and conducive to their modes of learning. 

TALI Early Childhood

TALI Early Childhood trains pre-school and kindergarten teachers and conducts workshops for parents on topics of holiday observance and Jewish values, introducing them to creative ways of integrating Jewish content at home. The TALI Early Childhood Division currently provides pedagogical guidance and other educational services to over 210 TALI pre-schools, half of which have joined TALI in the last three years. 

TALI Experiential Education

TALI Experiential Education emphasizes the combination of knowledge and experience as being the key building blocks to strong Jewish identity. Experiential and informal educational programs can include Rosh Hodesh assemblies, holiday celebrations, a group Bat Mitzvah ceremony often led by the TALI rabbi, or a school program initiative (e.g. an exhibit of Pesach customs from various ethnic backgrounds prepared by families). Through these activities we build community and identity around Jewish cultural and historical themes. There are 38 different workshops offered for grades 1-8 and they can range from a 45-minute session to an all-day activity.

TALI Educational Resource Development

TALI Educational Resource Development has developed 35 textbooks for classroom use, two children’s siddurim, a Passover Haggadah for the whole family, interactive study kits and holiday-themed board games, and a wealth of digital resources for Jewish educators. 

TALI Worldwide

In the past few years, TALI’s outstanding educational resources have been adapted for use in Jewish communities around the world. In partnership with the Seminario Rabinico in Buenos Aires, TEF has responded to a request for curricular materials in Spanish and Portuguese, and for pedagogical assistance to establish a TALI network of day schools in Latin America.

Virtual Midrash

TALI Education Fund has been developing a unique digital archive of images to stimulate creativity and learning through the integration of Judaism, Jewish text, and Jewish history, and the arts. The first online fine and folk-art index of the Bible and its commentaries, the Visual Midrash website is accessible at the following link: http://www.tali-virtualmidrash.org.il/index.aspx.

Family Activities Around the Jewish Calendar

For every month of the Jewish calendar, you will find content and family activity suggestions on topics related to Jewish and Israeli culture.

Each edition of @Home with TALI focuses on a theme that connects to the Jewish month.

Elul-Tishrei – New beginnings and renewal

Av – Getting to know Jerusalem

Tammuz – An Israel Summer Vacation Adventure

Sivan – Giving Thanks for Gifts We Receive

Iyar – Our Personal and Our National Home

Nissan – Why We Are Told To Remember

Adar – Purim and International Women’s Day

First edition – The Month of Shvat!

Hope you enjoy!

@Home with TALI was produced with the generous support of Helmut and Eva Wellisch, Hallandale, Florida.


Board of Directors

  • Rabbi Benjamin Segal, Chair, Board and Executive Committee
  • Dr. Brenda Bacon
  • Rabbi Ruti Baidach
  • Prof. Ari Ackerman
  • Eitan Cooper
  • Prof. David Golinkin
  • Deborah Housen-Couriel
  • Dr. Eyal Kaminka
  • Isaac (Tsachi) Mushkin
  • Chen Noy
  • Lonny Refaeli
  • Michal Makov-Peled
  • Mike Berman


  • Dr. Peri Sinclair, Susan and Scott Shay Director General

* Ex-officio
** Honorary member

Dr. Peri Sinclair

Susan and Scott Shay Director General, TALI

TALI education inspires Israeli learners, young and old, to enhance their Jewish literacy, embrace multiple visions of Jewish Identity, and promote a pluralist society in Israel.

Ayala Menzin

Facilitator for TALI’s new 10th grade Jewish Israeli Identity Seminar

TALI has taken the teaching of Judaism out of its formal framework, which by and large, can be boring, inflexible and unappealing to 16-year-olds. Our message is that Judaism can be many things: religion, tradition, culture, experience. We are telling participants that taking ownership of our Jewish heritage does not necessarily mean you have to be observant.

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