• About the Berl Katznelson Center | Laying the foundation as a hub for progressive Zionism

    The Berl Katznelson Center (BKC) was established in 1944 to commemorate the life and work of Berl Katznelson, one of the most influential yet least known leaders of the Zionist movement, realizing his vision of a center for political thought and leadership. Ever since, the center has been working to advance the values of progressive Zionism, engaging researchers, young professionals and activists in thought-provoking leadership programs. The Berl Katznelson Center serves as a ‘think-and-do’ hub for progressive Zionist leaders, institutes and activists that work to advance a democratic and just Israel. ******************************************************************************** The work of BKC is premised on the notion that in order to lead effective and long-term change, based on the values of progressive Zionism, we should invest in people and ideas. We invest in people through our leadership programs. We educate and train the next generation of progressive Zionist thought-leaders, activists and influential players, integrating them into central spheres of influence- IDF, the civil service, local and national governmental positions. We invest in ideas. We shape and disseminate relevant and current analysis and central ideas through our fellows programs, digital work, conferences and publications, promoting

  • About the partnership with the Social Economic Academy

    At the beginning of 2017, the Berl Katznelson Educational Center and the Social Economic Academy (SEA) decided to join together and expand their cooperation which began in 2014. The cooperation lead to the establishment of a strategic venture aiming to lay the foundation for a thriving, young and pro-active voice and leadership in Israel today. The strategic venture leverages the two partnering institutes towards establishing a central and defining hub for research, education and development of young leadership for a new generation of active and caring Israelis. The joint venture will strengthen existing efforts and introduce innovative approaches towards building a strategic, non-apologetic, forward-thinking Zionist movement. ********************************************************************************* The Social Economic Academy (SEA) was established in 2004 with the aim of strengthening the base of support for socioeconomic equality in Israel by increasing access to knowledge and engagement of diverse segments in Israeli society. The SEA works to achieve these goals through dissemination of knowledge about key socioeconomic issues and policies, fostering and training leadership among key groups in the civil, private, and public sectors, and garnering public support for progressive ideas and policies in Israel.

  • Our vision

    "I want to do something, I want to be a little spark..." – Berl Katznelson \\\\ Berl Katznelson was one of the prominent intellectual and practical founders of Labor Zionism, responsible for many of the building blocks of Israel’s statehood and democracy - Davar, the first daily newspaper, the Histadrut, HaPolaim Bank and Solel Boneh, the first construction company. We at the Berl Katznelson Center (BKC) are committed to carrying-on his legacy, realizing the importance of constructing the building blocks of progressive Zionism for generations to come. BKC sets the infrastructure for a thriving and sustainable Jewish and democratic Israel based on equality and justice for all by investing in people and ideas that lay the foundation for a progressive Zionist movement. The Zionist principles and vision are what enabled the state of Israel become such a success story, against all odds. Today, as in the past, we must invest in constructing and ensuring a strong economy and industry, alongside innovatively-leading educational and social systems that address the growing needs, disparities and challenges we face in Israel. This is the guiding vision behind our work that cultivates thought-leaders and doers, providing the platform for ideas and actions that bring about change and create a momentum for a progressive Zionist movement in Israel.