IEC Israel Educators and Professionals

With a wide breadth of expertise and knowledge, IEC Educators and Professionals bring a wealth of experience to all of IEC's initiatives and overall vision.

Emily Briskman

Emily Briskman is Assistant Vice President/Executive Director of the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago’s Israel Education Center (IEC). Her responsibilities include oversight of IEC’s diverse programs for high school and college students which engage the next generation with Israel through education and advocacy and inspire them to build a strong commitment to the Jewish state. Her mission is to ensure every Jewish student leaves campus with Israel at the heart of their Jewish identity and every non-Jewish student has an opportunity to make Israel personally meaningful to them. Emily’s portfolio includes policy setting and curriculum development; strategic planning for tackling the delegitimization of Israel on college campuses; relationship management with faculty/administrators and on-campus/national Israel organizations; and educational resource development. Emily is a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.

Carl Schrag

Carl Schrag is the IEC's education consultant. In that capacity, he serves as Program Director of Write On for Israel, our premier Israel education and advocacy training program for high schools students, and develops curriculum to teach and train participants in many of our other programs. Carl is a journalist, teacher and Middle East analyst whose expertise in Israel-on-campus issues has been honed through years of training up-and-coming advocates and assessing the best approaches to creating a positive Israel environment. He lived in Israel for nearly 15 years and was the Editor of The Jerusalem Post, Israel's leading English-language daily.

White, Emily

Emily White is the Program Director of the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago’s Israel Education Center (IEC). She oversees the IEC's Israel Internship program as well as myriad campus programs, speaker visits, and activities across Illinois all structured around constructive engagement with Israel. She previously served as a teacher and mentor for Jewish students at Oak Park Temple for fourteen years. While an undergraduate student at the University of Montana, she was co-founder and President of the university’s Hillel. Emily then transferred to and graduated from DePaul University with a BA in art, media and design.  Emily attended graduate school at the University of Michigan where she earned an MSW with a certificate in Jewish Communal Leadership. She has also served as Program Assistant for Mentor Connection, and the Department of Volunteer Events and Services at the Jewish Family Service of Metro-Detroit. 

Melissa Dworkin

Melissa Dworkin is the Program Coordinator for the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago's Israel Education Center (IEC). Melissa assists in an array of IEC initiatives including Onward Israel, Write On for Israel, the Israel Internship and related campus programs. Melissa is originally from Denver, and is a graduate of American University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. She was involved in pro-Israel activities on campus and in the greater Washington, DC area, and spent a semester studying at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. 

  Nordmeyer, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Nordmeyer is the Israel Education Center's Operations Manager.  Elizabeth administers the operations of the Israel Education Center and the Write On for Israel program.  She began at JF/JUF in the administration department in 2012 and joined the IEC in 2014. She has over 12 years of diverse administration, customer service and design experience that spans from start-ups to established organizations. She holds a BA in Graphic Design from DePaul University. 

"We are always going to need expert witnesses on Israel for students and faculty. IEC does a great job of bringing in people who don’t polarize. Where we have had specific needs on campus, IEC has been wonderful at meeting our needs."

— Faculty Member

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