Educational Seminar – Israeli President’s Residence

The Four Tribes: An Educational Experience at the Home of the Israeli President

President Rivlin is one of the most prominent voices in Israeli politics and society today. He is a unifying figure, who has dedicated his Presidency to creating a new concept of shared citizenship that will impact Israel for decades to come.

Israeli Presidents have often tried to narrow the gap between themselves and the people, and this is reflected in the way that the President’s Residence was built: in a suburb of Jerusalem, intentionally lower than surrounding buildings and full of symbolism. President Rivlin took this one stage further by opening the doors of the residence to tours, as well as offering a workshop on his flagship project, Israeli Hope.

For the first time, The Jewish Agency for Israel’s Makom are offering tours of the President’s Residence and educational workshops on Israeli Hope for English speakers, either in-person or online via Zoom. Designed for adults, students, and young people age 15+, this is one of the most relevant, engaging, and innovative ventures taking place in Israel today.

Part 1: Live tour of the President’s Residence (30 mins)

  • Live ‘highlights’ tour of the President’s Residence, including the statues of each former President and the hall for state ceremonies (please note that if there are private events, we will not be able to offer a complete tour).
  • Through these sites we will introduce the role of the President, discuss notable former Presidents and explore the fascinating relationship between Israeli Presidents and society.

Part 2: Israeli Hope Workshop (60 mins)

  • Powerful, interactive workshop about President Rivlin’s ‘Four Tribes’ model for Israeli society, and how his ‘Israeli Hope’ project is meeting demographic and ideological challenges head-on.
  • Facilitated non-partisan discussions on complex issues within Israeli identity and society, such as: How can Israel remain a Jewish and democratic state, and what will those definitions mean? How will Israel adapt to the new demographic reality, and what effect will that have on Israel’s values? What is the next great mission of Zionism?
  • Run by dynamic, experienced, and expert teachers, who will use Zoom effectively as a teaching tool to maximize learning and ensure a smooth, professional workshop.

Part 3: Student Project (follow-up)

  • As a follow-up, students will create online content raising awareness of Israeli Hope through the mediums of film, animation, blog, viral campaigns etc. Submissions will be judged and there will be prizes for the top three entrants.

The cost of this facilitated workshop is $250. Please note that the tour is dependent on government health regulations at the time, and if we are only able to offer the workshop, the cost will be adjusted accordingly. Prior to the program, there will be an arranged call between a representative of your institution and a Makom educator.

To book, please contact Michael Rainsbury at michaelr@makomisrael.net or +972 52 6000 169.

*Please note that no payment is made towards the Office of the President, which do not charge for tours.