Kerem Institute for Jewish Humanistic Education was established in 1974 by Alliance–Kol Israel Haverim as an alternate track for teacher training in universities and colleges. Kerem offers a unique approach in the field of teacher training and development. The Jewish Humanistic approach is intertwined in all our activities and manifests in a variety of ways.
The unique home where Kerem dwells – a green and beautiful corner hidden in the heart of Jerusalem – visually expresses the character of the place that lovingly combines the old and new. The warm atmosphere and small rooms allow for intimate and in-depth learning, where Israelis with different identities gather and feel comfortable to study together.
Kerem is a prestigious institute in the Jerusalem cultural landscape and attracts prominent teachers, school principals, and various stakeholders in the social and education fields. Our student community is diverse and is made up of men and women with differing Jewish identities and lifestyles. Our staff includes expert teachers, academics, and artists who are all leaders in their fields make up our unique and pluralistic spirit. Their different approaches enrich our students in many diverse perspectives towards Judaism.
By embracing a broad Jewish Humanistic educational approach, Kerem aspires to deeply influence the Israeli society through training and development of excellence, creativity, and social commitment. More than 700 Kerem graduates rank among the leaders of numerous Jewish initiatives in Israel. Graduates include: Dr. Ruth Lehavei, founder of the Keshet School for religious and secular students, Dr. Hana Pinhasi, director of the Teacher Training School in the Hartman Institute, Prof. Michal Mushkat-Barkan, director of the Pluralistic Jewish Education Program in the HUC, Dr. Ariel Levenson, founder of the Secular Yeshiva in Jerusalem, and many others, Dr. David Biton, Yardena Nachtomy and Yafa Bnaya – three of the original group that joined Yehuda Mimran to established "Mimizrach Shemesh".