The Unit for Teaching Emissaries works to ensure the future and uniqueness of the Jewish people by promoting Jewish, Hebrew and Zionist education, and by teaching Hebrew as the language of the Jewish people. This is accomplished via Israeli educators – morim shlichim – who act as emissaries abroad for a limited period of time to teach in Jewish schools around the world. These teachers are integrated into the educational staff of schools in the Diaspora, and aim to develop the student's identity as a Jew and as a person by deepening and enriching the connection to the Jewish heritage, Israel, and the modern Hebrew language.
Why bring an Israeli Educator to your school?
First and foremost, the school benefits by having a high quality teacher with good educational abilities join the school staff. Whether it be for teaching contemporary or spoken Hebrew language, or teaching about Israel or Judaism, an Israeli Educator – moreh shaliach – is an excellent choice. But an Israeli Educator can be more than just an educator, because the emissary is an embodiment of Israel in the school. An Israeli Educator is more than pedagogical skills; and also brings to the school an Israeli personal story, Israeli innovation and initiative and an Israeli experience. A good emissary becomes a bridge between the school and Israel, a bridge on which students can walk and establish a thriving connection with the Land of Israel.
Profile of the Moreh Shaliach
In two words: consciousness and a credentials.
More broadly, Israeli Educators – morim shlichim – come with a strong sense of purpose, as if they are taking on a mission of utmost significance – the mission of Jewish Education and creating a connection to Israel. Additionally, they are steeped in Jewish and Israeli life. They are familiar with contemporary events, aware of the challenges of the current era, speak modern, up-to-date Hebrew and are knowledgeable about Israeli cultural life. As educators, the emissary can form a bridge between Israel and the school community, and has the ability to motivate students by example, knowledge and passion.
At the same time, the Israeli educator is a professional teacher, certified and experienced, dedicated to the art of teaching. Ideally, the educator will be flexible and sociable, open to learning new ways of teaching and attentive to criticism, in order to successfully master the cultural transition and fully integrate with the school staff.
The school fills in details about the job(s) of the shlichim for
the next year.
The school receives information about applicants who were found suitable for jobs.
The school interviews the candidates and decides who
The school offers a contract that complies with the requirements of the WZO and immigration authorities in the country
The shlichim participate in vocational training in preparation for shlichut
The school arranges to greet
the shaliach before the
school year begins
Recruiting an Israeli Teacher
If a school is interested in hiring an Israeli Educator, they should first fill out the ‘school request form’ on the website. The professional staff of the Unit for Teaching Emissaries will evaluate the needs of the applying institution and, in response, match them with the most suitable candidates. The process will involve sharing candidates’ CVs, setting up interviews with potential teachers, and facilitating other steps if necessary. If the school decides to hire one of the candidates, they must make an official job offer and present a contract. Once the candidate accepts the contract, the Unit for Teaching Emissaries will manage the visa application and provide the emissary with additional training, after which they would be ready to begin their year in the school.
Becoming an Israeli Teacher
It is essential that the Israeli Educator be a teacher with a degree in education and have at least two years of experience, preferably in an area that is relevant to morim shlichim (Hebrew, Judaic Studies, or Israeli/Jewish History). After filling out the application online, our staff will guide the shlichim candidates through the screening process, which includes an evaluation workshop, an occupational test, a mock lesson and a personal interview. Once they have successfully completed the process, the Unit for Teaching Emissaries will send the potential emissary’s candidacy profile to schools with matching requirements. Schools that are interested will initiate an interview and decide whether to offer the candidate a job contract. In such cases, the WZO manages the visa and provides the Israeli Educator with additional training before departure.
The World Zionist Organization (WZO) was founded at the first Zionist Congress, in August 1897 Basel, Switzerland, by Binyamin Ze’ev Theodor Herzl. Its main goal was to assist in the establishment of a national home for the Jewish people. After the founding of the state, former leaders of the World Zionist Organization would gain prominent positions in the Israeli government, such as Chaim Weizmann, the first President of Israel, and David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister. After achieving its objective with the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948, the WZO continued to promote additional goals, as defined in the new “Jerusalem” program. According to this plan, the WZO will act to preserve and develop a unique Jewish identity centered around Israel, through Jewish and Hebrew education, and fostering Jewish spiritual and cultural values, among others. One of the main programs which promote this goal is that of Israeli Educators – morim shlichim.
The WZO and the Jewish Agency
The British Mandate government recognized the World Zionist Organization as the representative body of the Jewish people, and, as a result, the Jewish Agency was established in 1929 as its executive branch in the Land of Israel. Half of the members of the Jewish Agency Executive were members of the World Zionist Organization. These two bodies have since been recognized as "National Institutions," a status ratified by law after the establishment of the state.
Over the years, these two organizations have collaborated in a number of different roles and responsibilities. Although the various emissary (shlichim) programs have traditionally operated under the auspices of the Jewish Agency, since 2010 the unique program of Israeli Educators – morim shlichim – has been operated by the World Zionist Organization.
The main offices of the World Zionist Organization are located at 48 King George Street, Jerusalem, in a historical building shared by all the “National Institutions”: the Jewish Agency, the World Zionist Organization and the Jewish National Fund (KKL). The offices of the Unit for Teaching Emissaries are located there as well.