Dr. Lisa Grant, Dr. Steven M. Cohen, and Melissa Zalkin Stollman, a 5th-year rabbinical student and Mandel Fellow, will present at the First International Conference on The Purposes and Practices of Israel Education, to take place on December 20-22. Dr. Grant will present on "Integrating Israel into the Life of a Synagogue.” Dr. Cohen will present on “Intermarried & Indifferent or Active & Alienated: Alternative Obstacles to Israel Engagement among Younger American Jews.” Dr. Grant will chair a session on "Sociology or Ideology - what is Missing in Israel Education," with Dr. Cohen as a presenter. Stollman will present her Capstone Thesis from the New York School of Education program, entitled “Infusing Reform Zionism into the Synagogue.” Organized by The Melton Center for Jewish Education at the Hebrew University and MAKOM – The Israel Engagement Network, the conference is committed to reconsidering the fundamental philosophical and practical questions of Israel as a crucial concern to contemporary Jewish life. When approaching the challenge of dealing with Israel in Jewish education there is a need for new thinking that can help address questions such as, what should I teach about Israel? Why teach it? What are my purposes in teaching Israel?