FAQ

Q: What can I do in response to anti-Israel activities on my campus?
A: For many campuses, the delegitimization of Israel and prevalence of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign is a real concern. To this end, ICC has mobilized its network of partner organizations and professionals to collaborate on countering-BDS materials. These materials include case studies, documents, resources and best practices guides for campus and community professionals, and students dealing with delegitimization of Israel. With numerous contributors, the ICC’s materials provide a comprehensive, user-friendly resource to assist in important efforts on campus. Check out our resources for countering delegitimization or contact us. We’re here to help.


Q: How can I get funding for an idea that I have?
A: The ICC Micro grants program enables outstanding student leaders to implement innovative and effective initiatives to create positive campus change for Israel. Grants are funded up to $1,000.

For ideas, initiatives, programs, guides, and speakers, check out Ask Herzl, the hub for Israel programs and strategies. Visit www.AskHerzl.com to browse resources for Israel programming or campus strategy. Browse past ICC Grant Initiatives, or use the search feature to locate the resource that suits your needs.


Q: I want to improve my Israel advocacy skills. How?
ICC's flagship internship program is the ideal opportunity for you. Originally created in 2002, the Grinspoon-Morningstar Internship is an outstanding opportunity for student leaders to have a profound impact on their campus communities. The interns develop and implement a creative, ongoing, strategic and collaborative long-term initiative designed to improve the perception of Israel on campus. In the last 11 years, 427 students on 109 diverse campuses have served as Grinspoon-Morningstar interns. On campus, Grinspoon-Morningstar interns are a central force in promoting a positive Israel agenda, building relationships with campus decision-makers, changing the campus Israel culture and empowering their peers to become articulate Israel activists.  

The Internship experience makes interns attractive candidates for graduate schools and professional positions. Past interns have become successful in a variety of arenas including law, business, government, the non-profit world, the Jewish community and the pro-Israel community.


Q: Do you have any programming ideas that I can use?
A: We've got the perfect thing for you! Ask Herzl is an online community for pro-Israel activists to share programs and strategies with each other. Ask Herzl offers you a world of programs and strategies for how to support Israel on campus and in your communities. Instead of having to “reinvent the wheel,” those great programs can be submitted to Ask Herzl. Users can submit programs and strategies for the Israel community to see, share, critique, and "like."


Q: How do I learn more about being an effective Israel advocate as a campus professional?
A: The ICC offers lots of programs to help you be a more effective Israel advocate.
  • Students: Check out The Thriving Campus for a directory of ICC's partners, complete with organizatonsl missions, resources for you and contact information
  • Hillel staff and JAFI Israel Fellows: Register for ICC's Campus Strategy Institute, a free training that provides Hillel and JAFI professionals with tools and funding to create a strategic plan to improve the perception of Israel on campus. Campus professionals can also participate in ICC Interactives, monthly trainings on different aspects of Israel advocacy on campus.
  • Faculty: Whether you wish to support Israel overtly or behind the scenes, you can with the Center for Academic Engagement, which empowers a national network of faculty and administrators to mentor pro-Israel students and campus professionals around Israel education and engagement.

Q: How can I learn about trips to Israel, internship and job opportunities, grants, program and conferences?
A:  ICC serves as a partner convener for campus pro-Israel organizations. Its excellent partners often submit opportunities to ICC's Opportunity Bulletin. You can search by category:
ICC also sends out a quarterly email with all the opportunities. You can sign up today.
If you would like to submit an opportunity, please click here. ICC reserves the right to refuse to post a listing.


Q: My campus is apathetic about Israel. What can I do?
A: On many campuses, your peers just don’t know or care about Israel. You’ve come to the right place to connect with resources that will encourage your engagement with Israel advocacy and that will help you to garner campus interest in Israel. Check out what ICC’s Grinspoon-Morningstar Interns are doing around the country to get some ideas for what you can do on your campus.



Q: How do I deal with a professor who brings a clear bias to my classroom?
Q: I wish I had a faculty mentor who could guide me in my Israel advocacy goals.
A:  First of all, know that you are not alone, and that students from all sorts of colleges and disciplines struggle with encountering biased professors.  At its best, the classroom is a place for open, honest, and respectful exchange of ideas, but sometimes professors overstep their bounds by pushing their own agenda or perspective and preventing intellectual freedom.  Addressing this difficult issue is challenging and can put students in a vulnerable position. 

Secondly, ICC supports the Center for Academic Engagement (CAE), which seeks to:
  • Create a cadre of academics who will act as advisers and mentors to students, junior faculty and pro-Israel student groups
  • Monitor and help navigate grievance procedures for students and faculty who feel they have been harassed or disadvantaged because of their pro-Israel stance;
  • Work behind the scenes on key university committees, on Academic Senates, and with senior administrators, presidents, trustees and alumni in support of Israel.
Contact the Center for Academic Engagement for any questions or challenges regarding Israel and faculty.


Q: Are there ways to talk about Israel without getting people all up in arms?
A:  Certainly.  Israel and the Middle East is a very contentious discussion topic, but ICC and its partner organizations provide innovative strategies for how to approach the topic peacefully on college campuses. Responsible dialogue is at the heart of ICC’s mission. To learn more about how to join the conversation about Israel, you can read about some Israel advocacy initiatives, serve as a Grinspoon-Morningstar intern, attend a Campus Strategy Institute and much more. You can also like us on Facebook or follow our twitter feed, which regularly contains helpful tips on discussing Israel intelligently and respectfully.

Q: Is there a requirement to be a partner organization?
A: ICC works with organizations that agree to work towards common, specific objectives in an atmosphere of mutual trust. ICC only supports initiatives that work to establish a positive view of Israel and create respect and support for Israel as a Jewish, democratic state with its own democratic political process. ICC does not seek to substitute for, or work for an outcome to exert pressure from outside of, the Israeli political process. Specifically, as ICC brings organizations together to work on initiatives, it asks each to affirm that it:
  1. Agrees to work in common purpose toward the specific objectives of the initiative; and
  2. Agrees to work in an atmosphere of mutual trust and avoid public attacks on others working in partnership on the initiative.
ICC understands and respects that not all organizations working on campus regarding Israel on efforts that they may view as positive or pro-Israel, can or will agree to abide by these requirements. The requirements are not meant as a judgment of what is acceptable or what constitutes “pro-Israel” activity; rather, in ICC’s experience, these requirements constitute the minimum necessary to form effective partnerships and collaboration among groups working in the space. ICC does not publicly comment on or take positions regarding the activities of other organizations. In practice, ICC has found that clearly articulating objectives in advance, and requiring partner organizations to abide by the specified objectives and the principle of mutual trust, has led to more effective results and has also resulted in self-selection among those organizations truly interested in obtaining those objectives.


Q: How can my organization work with ICC?
A: If you fall within the criteria above and would like to work with the ICC, email us! We'd be happy to talk. 


Q: Who should I contact for more information?
Q: My organization has a great idea and I’m looking for a partner, who do I contact?
A: Please use our contact form. We will get back to your promptly. 


Q: Do I have to be Jewish to get involved?
A:  Nope

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