About Us

Our Mission

The Institute for Curriculum Services (ICS) is dedicated to improving the quality of K-12 education on Jews, Judaism, and Israel in the United States. We do this by developing standards-aligned curricula and training teachers around the country.

We believe an excellent education is essential to building a strong civil society, where all people can flourish.

Our History

Launched in 2005, ICS addresses historical inaccuracies and misinformation about Judaism and Jewish history in public school textbooks. Issues that ICS has identified range from blaming Jews for the crucifixion to misrepresentations of Jewish holidays to supercessionism, the idea that Judaism became obsolete after the birth of Christianity. In 2017, reflecting its commitment to teachers, ICS expanded its scope to offer more professional development opportunities for history and social studies educators nationwide.

Our Mission

The Institute for Curriculum Services (ICS) is dedicated to improving the quality of K-12 education on Jews, Judaism, and Israel in the United States. We do this by developing standards-aligned curricula and training teachers around the country.

We believe an excellent education is essential to building a strong civil society, where all people can flourish.

Our History

Launched in 2005, ICS addresses historical inaccuracies and misinformation about Judaism and Jewish history in public school textbooks. Issues that ICS has identified range from blaming Jews for the crucifixion to misrepresentations of Jewish holidays to supercessionism, the idea that Judaism became obsolete after the birth of Christianity. In 2017, reflecting its commitment to teachers, ICS expanded its scope to offer more professional development opportunities for history and social studies educators nationwide.

Who We Are

Aliza Craimer Elias, Director

Aliza directs the Institute for Curriculum Services and is responsible for internal operations, external relationships, resource development, and the creation of new initiatives to strengthen K-12 education. Aliza joined ICS as its first full-time staff person at ICS in 2006 and has served as Director since 2013. She completed a Master’s degree with distinction in Modern Jewish Studies at Oxford and a B.A. Hons in Psychology from the University of Calgary.