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Adam Institute training programs

Betzavta (Basic Training Course)

This is the Betzavta Method’s most basic course – “training for trainers.” During the 4-day seminar, participants learn to facilitate democracy education in their schools, institutions, and communities. The course highlights freedom as an equal right guaranteed to all individuals and groups, while also exploring and addressing the difficulties that arise when democratic rights conflict.

Betzavta+ (Advanced Training Course)

This 4-day advanced training introduces participants to educational programs that build upon the Betzavta Method, with an updated approach to the methodology. These include: There Is No Single Democracy (available in German), ABC in Democracy (for younger ages, also available in German), Civic Calendar, and more.

Topical Expansions

These topics may be integrated into the Betzavta+ course or be offered as stand-alone training.

  • Social-Democratic Approaches to the Environment: Creating equitable solutions to environmental problems, which affect different groups today and future generations.
  • Workers’ Rights and the Right to Employment: Retaining workers’ rights in a rapidly changing and globalized world.
  • Immigration, Emigration, and Democracy: Applying democratic thought to multiplicities of identity and different spheres of belonging (civil, residential, migrant workers, etc.).
  • The Right to Dignity and the Obligation to Respect: Democratic values within a multi-cultural society.
  • Between Civil Service and the Business Sector: Adopting democratic principles to manage civil society organizations and civic-democratic services.
  • Gender, Democracy, and Social-Political Reality: A democratic exploration of the #MeToo movement.

Guidance/Supervision for Experienced Facilitators

Graduates of the Betzavta and/or Betzavta+ courses, as well as activists and facilitators who practice alternate democratic methods, are invited to enrol in an online consulting with Dr. Uki Maroshek-Klarman, Academic Director of AI, and Saber Rabi, AI’s Educational Programs Manager and co-author of More than One Democracy.

Participants will receive assistance planning workshops and trainings in Germany, including ways to improve their facilitation skills, while analysing their work, content, and processes. The course is offered in English or Arabic.


Collaboration with Institutions and Organizations

The Center for Applied Policy Research (C·A·P) at the University of Munich, Germany: The Adam Institute has worked with CAP for two decades, and the Center has adopted the Adam’s “Betzavta Method” for training facilitators who work in

institutions across Europe. Courses were held in conjunction with the publication of the German version of More than One Democracy. In September 2019, in recognition of this project, the Adam Institute and C.A.P.  received the Shimon Peres Prize from the German Foreign Ministry in cooperation with the German-Israeli Future Forum (DIZF).

Gustav Stresemann Institut (GSI), Bad Bevensen, Germany: This was the third year that the Adam Institute collaborated with the GSI, conducting courses for groups in Germany and Israel. The GSI works with the David Yellin College of Education, bringing together and fostering collaborations between German and Israeli educators. The Adam Institute’s Educational Director, Dr. Uki Maroshek-Klarman, was invited to facilitate the encounter that took place in Jerusalem in March 2017.

In May 2017, Dr. Marshek-Klarman traveled to GSI in Germany, where she taught an advanced facilitation course on the freedom of expression and incitement. Additional courses will take place during the 2017-18 school year.

Geschäftsbereichsleiter Forum Politische Bildung Hattingen, Germany: The professional association in Hattingen, Germany established a professional forum for political education, whose goals include empowering and providing skills to its members. Dr. Uki Maroshek-Klarman was invited to conduct a training, which took place in December 2016. The course focused on equality between individuals and between groups and taught the Betzavta Method. Participants included teachers, social workers, psychologists, civic society activists, refugee center employees, and others. The diverse group included native-born Germans and immigrants from Turkey, Poland, the FSU, and elsewhere. The Adam Institute has been invited to conduct additional training courses during the 2017-18 school year.

The Massuah Institute for Holocaust Studies, Israel: The Adam Institute’s Educational Director, Dr. Uki Maroshek-Klarman, was invited to deliver a lecture and facilitate an encounter for researchers and educators from the Massuah Institute and Wannsee House, Germany. The goal was to introduce them to “Betzavta Method” and the Adam Institute’s programs on multi-culturalism.