Director's Message | Bringing Israel Home | Upcoming Events

OUR MISSION

To provide an unforgettable, engaging experience that brings Israel into the minds and hearts of visitors in a positive, longlasting way.
To create an open, honest and healthy environment for exploring and discussing the past, present and future of Israel and the Jewish people.
To be a highly professional, technologically advanced, inspiring center for Israel education, and a source of pride for the Jewish community.

Director's Message

Events

On February 17, 2016, over 260 people attended the inaugural My Israel Center - Bring Israel Home Gala at The Addison.

"Defender of Israel" award recipient Alan Dershowitz delivered an impassioned defense of Israel in his keynote address, as well as an unequivocal pledge to defend Chabad's right to build the MIC at 770 East Palmetto Park Road.

Please visit our multimedia section to see videos of our honorees, Perry and Marla Birman - Community Service Award, Dr. Richard and Alisa Cohen - Maimonides Award, Herman and Adele Lebersfeld and family - L'dor V'dor Award.

See our photo gallery section for pictures of the event.

Thank you to the MIC Gala Corporate Sponsors:

Message from the Prime Minister of Israel

 

 

 

The Dream

 

 

The Dream

Student: “Rebbe, I dream of going to live in Israel. But it’s not feasible.”

Rebbe: “For some it is. For the rest of us, we have to bring Israel here.”

There is no place like Israel.

Homeland of the Jewish people.

Birthplace of civilizations and cultures spanning history.

A source of identity and inspiration for millions around the world.

For millennia, we longed to return, to make it ours once again.

Now that it is, we dream of Israel being not only a place we can dream about and visit, but something more tangible:

Something we can:

Be proud of; hold onto as a pillar of our identity in the diaspora; pass on to our children; something our grandchildren will connect with and relate to.

But challenges abound...

The Challenge

Everywhere we look, Israel is under attack:

In the news, on Facebook and Twitter and YouTube, in the UN and parliaments around the world, on college campuses and in the streets, Israel-bashing is the new Antisemitism.

And our children are being exposed to it wherever they go.

Some fight back with vocal activism.

Some respond with quiet but determined strength.

Some are ashamed and simply hide their Jewishness.

Some want to run away from it altogether.

Almost all are confused and traumatized by the attack on their land and their people,

Wondering why, in the land of freedom, does Israel face such persecution and injustice?

The Answer

To many, Israel is foreign, distant, misunderstood, maligned, disconnected from our reality...

So let’s tell the real story of Israel.

Let’s take control of the narrative and define its legacy and what it means to us. Let’s teach our children and anyone who wants to know:

The beauty of the land and its people.

The richness of its history and heritage.

The wisdom of its sages and intellectuals.

The sanctity of its place as a light unto the nations.

The miracle of its existence and flourishing in the desert.

And let’s make it personal.

Let’s make it interactive.

Let’s make it a soulful experience.

Let’s make it myIsrael.

In the news, on Facebook and Twitter and YouTube.

 

 

 

 

 

MIC Elements

An innovative, interactive, immersive experience.

State-of-the-art exhibits designed by Orpan Group Imagineering
Authentic architecture by Vander Ploeg and Associates

Innovation Lab · Explorium · Interactive exhibits · Time Capsule Augmented Reality · Parliament of Opinion · Spark - Spiritual Park

 

Prologue Hall Main Lobby

The first impression visitors will have upon entering myIsrael is a hall where they are surrounded by stunning digital imagery of Israel and a foretaste of the tour ahead. The inviting and dramatic architecture is both engaging and awe-inspiring, preparing visitors for the exciting, interactive experience that awaits.

Main Square

This is the central plaza, a public space designed for congregating that facilitates conversation. Visitors eet one another and gather their groups as they enjoy interactive, informative terminals that serve as conversation starters to encourage discussion and reflection.

Inspiration Hall

Welcome to myIsrael’s interactive educational hall, our “senate,” where visitors learn about and debate some of the most vexing dilemmas of Israel’s history. Using interactive remotes to cast their votes, visitors imagine themselves at different times in history and relive the debates and experience the challenges first-hand. Step into the sandals of Abraham and Isaac at Mount Moriah, confront the conspiracy of the ten spies, relive the challenges facing Joshua during the conquest of Israel, delve into the challenges of living under foreign rule, and more. Participants forge a deeper connection to the stories, while gaining a deeper appreciation of Jewish wisdom and how it applies to different circumstances.

Interactive Hall

This is where it gets personal, with two exhibits that allow individualized exploration, allowing for each individual or group to tailor their experience to match their interests.

The Explorium

Visitors can walk around freely and choose from dozens of interactive tabletop computers, touchscreen displays, smartbooks, audio stations, and media drawers, spending as little or as much time at each station as they like.

Virtual Reality Theatre

Choose your setting and your character, put on your augmented reality headset, and begin exploring unlimited new worlds, enhanced by unbelievable 3D landscapes and captivating surround sound.

Mini Israel

Choose your setting and your character, put on your augmented reality headset, and begin exploring unlimited new worlds, enhanced by unbelievable 3D landscapes and captivating surround sound.

The Spark Outdoor Playground

A play space where each component is designed for maximum fun, while also being educational, featuring large-scale Jewish symbols and toys. Climb aboard Noah’s ark, scale the walls of Jericho, and cross the Jordan river.

Epilogue Hall

Part of myIsrael’s goal is that visitors should take Israel with them, in their memories, their hearts and their actions. Before leaving, they can record their reflections in our recording booths, watch the reflections of other visitors, and learn about resources to continue their Israel connection.

Multimedia

IN THE NEWS

 

 

 

 

The first MIC is slated to be built, G-d willing, in Boca Raton, FL

Why Boca Raton?

Boca Raton is one of the fastest-growing Jewish regions anywhere.

 

 

 

 

 

myIsrael will be situated on the new, 87-acre Harry and Celia Litwak Chabad Center, adjacent to a new synagogue and community center
just off I-95 in East Boca Raton.

 

 

 

iConference

 

 

 

 

Israeli Industry: The Untold Story

Israel leads the world in so many Industries such as: Biotech, Security, Health Care, Technology, Agriculture, the Arts and more. MIC will showcase the range of Israeli industries through conferences and multi media.

If you are an Israeli company and would like to set up a conference at the MIC, Boca Raton, please contact Rabbi New at (561) 394-9770 for more information.

Israeli Industry: The Untold Story

Israel leads the world in so many Industries such as: Biotech, Security, Health Care, Technology, Agriculture, the Arts and more. MIC will showcase the range of Israeli industries through conferences and multi media.

If you are an Israeli company and would like to set up a
conference at the MIC, Boca Raton, please contact Rabbi New at (561) 394-9770 for more information.

There is no place like Israel, and there is no place on earth like myIsrael. For those who have not yet visited Israel, myIsrael will serve as their first link. For those who have visited, myIsrael will provide a deeper and more personal experience. For all of us, it will bring Israel home.

“Although Israel has always been part of Jewish education, in recent years there has been a move by some to describe their work as Israel education rather than teaching about Israel. This new phrasing hints at a significant shift, most notably the emergence of an effort to more deeply and explicitly weave present-day Israel into the enterprise of American Jewish education… Israel education is a response to the fact that the socialization of young American Jews into a deep and meaningful connection with present-day Israel is not as self-evident or as ‘natural’ as it was 40-60 years ago.”

Bethamie Horowitz, Ph.D., Defining Israel Education

“As a Jew, I need Israel. More precisely: I can live as a Jew outside Israel, but not without Israel.”

Elie Weisel

“Israel was just a word; something you said in prayer, a foreign, biblical place which had no real significance in my personal life. I didn’t truly feel a connection, until I went to see it with my own eyes... Every Jew should visit Israel once in their lifetime. How is one supposed to get a sense of their homeland from what they see on the news? To many young Jews, Israel is an amalgam of violent images. That’s why it is so important to visit and experience Israel first-hand. Israel is where the Bible comes alive, where we can all connect to our Jewish heritage on a higher level, and our best bet at fostering pride of our homeland for future generations.”

Alicia Post, Taglit-Birhright Israel Volunteer

Project Budget

Dedication Opportunities

Your chance to create an eternal legacy at myIsrael

 

 

Partners & Board

 

 

Partners

 

 

Board

Honorary Chairman
Senator Joseph Lieberman

Vice Chairman
Alan Dershowitz

Honorary Rabbinic Chairman
Rabbi Shlomo Riskin,
Efrat, Israel

Rabbinical Advisory Board
Rabbi Zalman Bukiet,
Boca Raton, FL

Rabbi Moshe Denburg,
Boca Raton, FL

Rabbi Yaakov Fellig,
Miami, FL

Rabbi Efrem Goldberg,
Boca Raton, FL

Rabbi Aaron Lieberman,
Lauderhill, FL

Rabbi Shalom D Lipskar,
Bal Harbor, FL

Rabbi Moshe Scheiner,
Palm Beach, FL

 

Advisory Board
Perry and Marla Birman
Congressman Ted Deutch
Glenn Edwards
Dr. Eli Friedman
Marc Goldman
Glen Golish
Dr. Stuart Rubinstein
Mendy Schurder

Development Consultant
Dr. Leon Weissberg

Building and Budgetary Committee
David Berkowitz
David Feldan
Ariel Shapira
Art Siegel

Director
Rabbi Ruvi New

Contact Us

For more information about about myIsrael and how you can get involved, please contact us.