Living in Israel, for either 5 or 9 months, Beyond offers a unique balance of academics, experiential travel, enrichment education, cultural immersion, and community service. Open to applicants of all Jewish backgrounds and nationalities, the program is forward looking and exposes participants to a variety of ideas without advancing a specific religious, political, or ideological approach.
The first session of Beyond is centered in Tel Aviv where you can earn 7 – 13 college credits while studying at Tel Aviv University. The second session of Beyond is about choosing your own path and making an impact. The core elements include selecting an elective block as well as a community-based service project in either Jerusalem or in Ethiopia. Together, these experiences are designed to open a window onto a unique aspect of Israeli society and give participants a chance to leave their own personal mark.
This first year university program includes academic courses, plus Hebrew Ulpan and a required volunteer component.
Workshop is a unique program for high school graduates interested in the Labor Zionist youth movement. Workshop is a 10 month Kibbutz and Irbutz (urban kibbutz) work/study program for high school graduates.This workshop is the oldest running Israel program for North American youth.
Shana Tova is the 10-month program for high school graduates associated with Hashomer Hatzair, a youth movement based on the principles of the Progressive Zionist movement including social justice, Progressive Judaism, self-actualization and a commitment to peace and equality.
This option is specially designed for first-year students, whether they plan to continue their studies in Israel or back home. Students may enroll for the entire year or for either the autumn or spring semester. The Government and Politics in Israel program is a joint collaboration between the Rothberg International School and the Menachem Begin Heritage Center. Students study Israeli government, politics and society, as well as Hebrew and Arabic, in a specially tailored nine-month program that includes trips and extended hikes across Israel.
This first year university program combines an academic course load with opportunities to engage with Israel and Judaism.
Kivunim: New Directions provides a unique opportunity for international travel and study. Built around international field trips, Kivunim focuses on enhancing our understanding of the history and contemporary life of international Jewish communities. The program is based and rooted at our home at Beit Shmuel in Jerusalem.
MASA, an initiative between the Government of Israel and the Jewish Agency for Israel, serves as an umbrella organization for long term (semester to a year) programs. Need-based scholarships are available. For a complete list of programs, visit www.masaisrael.org.
Designed to create Conservative Jewish leaders of the future, the first semester of the program is spent studying at Hebrew University or the Conservative Yeshiva, and the second semester is spent living on a kibbutz or performing community service in a developing community.
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Netzer Year is a unique eight-month leadership training program in Israel for recent Reform Jewish high school graduates. The program involves extensive travel throughout the country of Israel, intense leadership training, Hebew and Jewish immersion studies, and hands-on volunteer work. Throughout the program, participants live, volunteer and learn alongside their Netzer peers from around the world.
Tochnit Tzion is a program of Bnei Akiva, the Zionist, modern Orthodox international youth movement.
There are many yeshiva programs in Israel designed for the gap year between high school and college, which differ for boys and girls. For more information, talk to a teacher or rabbi who is familiar with your learning style or consult sites like www.bneiakiva.net/hachshara for information.
Young Judea Year Course in Israel is a 9-month program for recent high school graduates who spend an unforgettable year living, volunteering, and studying in Israel. The program includes a number of different options including specialty tracks, Olami (World Travel), Social Action (in Rwanda)and Kuma (trip to Poland).