In Spring 2018, Makom and Moishe House—with the support of the Jim Joseph Foundation—embarked on
an unprecedented partnership, introducing Makom’s signature “4HQ” program within Moishe House
4HQ (shorthand for “Four Hatikvah Questions”) is an approach to Israel education anchored in the four foci of the final verse of Israel’s national anthem: “To be … a people … free … in our land”—security, identity, democracy, and territory.
4HQ draws on these concepts to inspire a nuanced, multifaceted understanding of issues in Israeli society, history, politics, and culture, characterized by a mix of “hugging and wrestling” with Israel.
This partnership seeks to train Moishe House residents and hosts in the 4HQ methodology, in order to enrich and diversify their perceptions of Israel, and to strengthen their confidence and capacity to facilitate conversations and programs about Israel.
The ultimate goal of the initiative has been to shift the culture at Moishe House from largely avoiding discussion about Israel to one that is radically open and inclusive.
“4HQ at Moishe House” is an 18-month cohort-based program, including a six-day trip to Israel early on in the program, webinars about Israeli history and contemporary issues, mentoring sessions to provide guidance for program facilitation, and an in-person retreat/reunion several months after the trip. Participants commit to facilitating five Israel programs during their 4HQ tenure, and they’re eligible for microgrants to support this activity.
To explore the outcomes created by 4HQ at Moishe House—for cohort members, their peers, and the overall organizational culture—Makom engaged Rosov Consulting to evaluate the program’s first two cohorts.
Read the full report here >> Rosov Consulting Report on Makom’s 4HQ at Moishe House