The talkspace model for discussion groups on campus can be successful on most campuses. Hillels that will most successfully implement talkspace: Israel will have:
- A need for Jewish and Israel identity development among students, faculty and administration
- The ability to develop a sophisticated recruitment strategy to bring together a diverse population of participants who are interested in understanding Israel in a multi-faceted way and in a safe space.
- Successful past implementation models include using talkspace: Israel as a follow up experience for Taglit - birthright israel alums, and using talkspace: Israel as a way to have significant Israel conversations with students interested in Israel who are not involved in Israel advocacy on campus.
- The ideal group has 12 to 20 participants and includes both students and faculty members.
- A staff facilitator with a demonstrated knowledge of Israel (a campus professional, administrator, faculty member or community leader) to work in partnership with a student coordinator
- The ability to secure participation of university faculty and/or administration
- The ability to identify and leverage effective supplemental material (e.g., local experts, community resources, etc.) to enrich the curriculum, along with a commitment to the curriculum itself
- The ability to customize the talkspace: Israel curriculum (e.g., using unique locations on campus and/or new implementation strategies, etc.) to fit local campus Israel education needs, excite students and keep the project fresh
- A student coordinator and a staff facilitator who are committed to achieving thorough understanding of all talkspace: Israel curricular materials and participating actively in the multi-campus network of facilitators and coordinators implementing the program across the continent
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