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Holy Land Democracy Project Application



Holy Land Democracy Project


All dates and other information below are subject to change. All applicants will be required to show proof of vaccination and booster prior to the seminar and travelling to Israel. 

Since 2004, as participants in the Holy Land Democracy Project, over 240 teachers from 112 schools or colleges have traveled to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, the Palestinian Territories, the Negev, Yad Vashem and more, meeting with elected representatives, officials, scholars, service organization heads, activists, civic leaders, and students from across the spectrum that is contemporary Israel. 

Prior to their trip, participants attend a Weekend Retreat & Seminar for introductory learning about Israel and Middle East history and culture, community building, and familiarity with the program curriculum.  Following the journey, teachers integrate five specially-designed lessons and their personal experiences to teach their students about modern Israel. For more information on the Holy Land Democracy Project, visit
our web page.

We are now accepting applications for the 2023 HLDP Weekend Seminar and Israel Journey. We are proceeding with our application and interview process with the expectation that we will be able to provide the complete learning experience of the Holy land Democracy Project in 2023. 

Tentative Dates for 2023:
April 29-30, 2023 - Teachers Weekend 
June 6, 2023 - Orientation Dinner

June 28, 2023 - July 9, 2023 - Israel Trip

The program is limited to homeroom or mainstream classroom teachers responsible for curriculum, lesson plans, and grading in grades 6-12, in non-Jewish high schools (public, charter, independent, private, parochial) and undergraduate educators. To be accepted into the program, you agree to integrate five specially-designed lessons with your personal experiences in the land to teach your students about Israel.  

While teachers of social sciences, language arts, and humanities are given priority, teachers in other subject areas are sometimes accepted. Contact
Dr. Sharon Furman-Lee to discuss your eligibility.

Supervising administrators of academic programs or curriculum are also encouraged to apply.

If you would like to be considered for this inspiring personal and professional journey, please submit this application by February 15th. We have a rolling application process and may accept participants prior to the deadline. Space is limited.

For LAUSD and other public school teachers:

The Holy Land Democracy Project is now offering a new two-day course approved for one (1) LAUSD Salary Point. Dates to be determined; expected to be in late January to February and again as part of the Weekend Seminar in May.  This course is open to non-LAUSD teachers and taking it will not affect eligibility for the full Holy Land Democracy Project Israel Program. 
For more information contact Dr. Sharon Furman-Lee, Asst. Director, Israel Education, and the Holy Land Democracy Project at
This application should take from 10 to 15 minutes.
You will be able to save your answers and continue later by using the link at the bottom of each page.

Holy Land Democracy Project / 323-761-8150 /