Gap Year | Masa Israel Additionally, paste this code immediately after the opening tag:

Gap Year

Aardvark International

http://www.masaisrael.org/sites/default/files/Aardvark%20International%20Photo_0.jpg

Program Description

Aardvark International combines a dynamic Israel program with travel to EIGHT different countries allowing students to further cultivate their knowledge of the Jewish People’s history in the Diaspora, experience different cultures, and learn about Israel’s place in the international community.  In Israel, the program offers Jewish students the opportunity to “MAKE ISRAEL YOURS,” by providing a tailor-made, modular curriculum, so students can build a customized experience in Israel.  Aardvark offers volunteering and internships, the chance to study and earn university academic credit, an opportunity to explore the hidden gems of Israel through trips and excursions, and independent living in apartments in the center of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.  Our experienced staff and high ratio of staff to students allow Aardvark to cater to the different interests of our international student population.


Complementing the Israel experience, Aardvark International participants will travel once a month to a foreign country (France, Spain, Czech Republic, China, Ethiopia, Italy, Germany, and Holland.) This program is perfect for students who love to travel and want to have a unique, global adventure.


In addition, students may customize their experience even further by choosing one of our


Special Interest Add-Ons:


- Israeli Military Track, including Marva basic training in the Israeli Army
- Mind-Body Track (Psychology and Medicine track), including volunteering with Magen David Adom ambulances
- Entrepreneurship Track
- Law and Government Track
- Sea Sports Track
- Social Media and Communication Track
- Nepal Cultural Exchange

Highlights

- Live in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem
- International travel to Europe, Africa and Asia
- Unique internship and volunteering opportunities
- Live with students from all over the world
- Earn university academic credit

  • Main Subject: Experiential Programs, Freshman Year Studies, Gap Year (Programs)
  •  
  •  
  • Keywords:
  • Advocacy, Education, Intensive Hebrew Language, Israel/Middle Eastern Studies, Jewish Studies, Social Action / Volunteering 
  • Duration:
  • 9 Months 
  • Age:
  • 17-21 
  • Language:
  • English 
  • Organizer:
  • Aardvark Tourism Ltd 
  • Program appears on grant application as:
  • Aardvark International 
  • Price:
  • $ 19990 
  • Accommodation:
  • Included 
  • Meals:
  • Not Included 
  • Program Contact Information:
  • Simon Cohen 
  • info@aardvarkisrael.com 
  • Program Dates:
  • August 28,2017 - May 23,2018  Apply to this program

Israel Highway - Do It Your Way

http://www.masaisrael.org/sites/default/files/Israel%20Highway%20Photo.png

Program Description

Israel Highway: Do It Your Way, is exactly what the name suggests. This brand new exciting gap year program for Australians, South Africans, and Brits allows you to choose your Israel experience.
 
Whether you want to volunteer in Tel Aviv, live on a kibbutz, hike Israel’s beautiful landscapes, or play sports all day in the sun, this program is for you.
But don’t worry, we won’t just drop you off in Israel to fend for yourself!
 
This 5 month adventure starts off in the country’s capital, Jerusalem, where you will be studying Hebrew in an Ulpan. Next you’ll go off to the cultural hub of Israel, Tel Aviv, to volunteer with some truly incredible organizations.
 
The program includes touring in all of the important sites in Israel, Jewish and Israel studies, Ulpan lessons, challenging hikes, and much more.
 
In addition to all of that ,as the program's name suggests, we have a wide element of choice as we want to offer the single participant the ability to take his own "Highway" in Israel.
 
 
The “Israel Highway” program runs around three main circles:
 
a. Me and My Country! Get to know Israel! For the first month of the program participants will live in Carmiel, study Ulpan and get to know Israel through trips around the country.
 
b. Me and My Community! Community Building! Participants will spend a month volunteering on Kibbutzz Hatzerrim. Each participant will have an individual volunteer project as well as a group project and will explore the south of Israel through trips.
 
c. My Own Way – “Israel Highway: Do It Your Way” allows you to take your own “Highway” in Israel. Right now we are offering three times of “Highways” to choose from:  
 
              i. Get the Ultimate Israel Experience – Ever wonder what it’s like to be in the Israeli army? This Highway enables you to experience army life! For two months you’ll live on an army base and learn about the army, go on hikes, learn Hebrew and more!
              ii. Volunteer on an Ambulance – Get First Aid and Emergency Medical Training from Israel’s national EMS service. Once you’re trained you’ll get hands on experience volunteering on an ambulance!
              iii. Want to be part of Israel’s Startup Nation or one of the many nonprofits that Israel has to offer? Enhance your resume by interning or volunteering in one of Israel’s many companies and organizations.  
 
 
 
  • Main Subject: Gap Year (Programs)
  •  
  •  
  • Duration:
  • 5 Months 
  • Age:
  • 17-20 
  • Language:
  • English 
  • Organizer:
  • The Israel Experience- Educational Tourism Services Co. LTD 
  • Program appears on grant application as:
  • Israel Highway - Do It Your Way 
  • Price:
  • $ 11500 
  • Accommodation:
  • Included 
  • Meals:
  • Included 
  • Program Contact Information:
  • Ofir Lefler 
  • (p):972 2 621 6124 
  • ofirl@israelexperience.org 
  • Program Dates:
  • February 01,2017 - June 30,2017  Apply to this program

Nativ - Hebrew University Track

http://www.masaisrael.org/sites/default/files/nativ%20HU%20Photo.jpg

Program Description

Nativ is a challenging academic year program dedicated to creating and inspiring the Conservative Jewish leaders of tomorrow. Nativ, which means “path” in Hebrew, provides its participants with a unique opportunity to explore new directions on the journey to becoming a Jewish adult. From September to May, Nativ participants are immersed in the rich and diverse society of Israel, exploring the land and enjoying a fulfilling Conservative Jewish lifestyle. The program includes academic university classes, intensive Hebrew classes and innovative leadership training. Nativ enables recent high school graduates to earn college credits for their studies while living in a classroom without walls.

A year of true exploration, Nativ provides the freedom for personal discovery as well as the security of a carefully structured program. This unforgettable experience is created through an intricate balance between academics and volunteer work, learning and teaching, personal challenge and community living. Participants on Nativ return from the year with a stronger attachment to the land of Israel as well as a deeper passion for Judaism, enthusiastic to share with their North American communities what they have learned.

  • Main Subject: Gap Year (Programs)
  •  
  •  
  • Keywords:
  • Education, Jewish Studies 
  • Duration:
  • 8 Months 
  • Age:
  • 18-19 
  • Language:
  • English 
  • Organizer:
  • United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism 
  • Program appears on grant application as:
  • Nativ - Hebrew University Track 
  • Price:
  • $ 25700 
  • Accommodation:
  • Included 
  • Meals:
  • Included 
  • Program Contact Information:
  • Deborah Shafran 
  • (p):646 519 9246 / 972 2 966 3824 
  • Nativ@uscj.org 
  • nativ.org 
  • Program Dates:
  • September 04,2017 - May 10,2018  Apply to this program

Yeshivat Migdal Hatorah

Program Description

  • Main Subject:
  •  
  •  
  • Duration:
  • 9.5 Months 
  • Age:
  • 16-21 
  • Organizer:
  • Yeshivat Migdal HaTorah 
  • Program appears on grant application as:
  • Yeshivat Migdal Hatorah 
  • Accommodation:
  • Included 
  • Meals:
  • Included 
  • Program Contact Information:
  • Shmuel Katz 
  • (p):972 8 853 8107 
  • shmu@migdalhatorah.org 
  • Program Dates:
  • August 29,2017 - June 11,2018, MODI'IN-MAKKABBIM-RE, $25500   Apply to this program

Masa prepa sciences de la sante, architecture & ingenierie Ariel universite

http://www.masaisrael.org/sites/default/files/Masa%20prepa%20sciences%20photo.jpg

Program Description

A unique program for young French speakers who excel in their studies and have a "Bagrut" certificate in science.
The program provides academic preparation for prestigious degrees in university.
 
The degrees include:
 
Health Care studies- Pre-Medicine, Physical Therapy, Nutrition, Communication Disorders, Nursing and Health Systems Manager ,Architecture and Engineering studies- Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology, Industrial Engineering and Management.
 
Participants of the program, who meet the program's requirements, can pursue academic studies in the following year without having to provide scores from the psychometric exam.
The program enables young Jews from France to become familiar with and to experience what it is like to live in Israel, in the company of a young, caring community. The program combines a pre-academic studies course ,for which the student receives academic credit, and a variety of social activities.
A professional staff member will accompany the participants of the program, both individually and as a group. Participants of the program will receive personal, social and academic support. The areas of study in the program include:
 
Hebrew, English, preparation courses depending on the selected track (physics, anatomy, biology, introduction to programming) and academic courses with course credits for "knowledge of the culture" and "heritage of Israel". 
  • Main Subject: Undergraduate Academic Studies
  •  
  •  
  • Keywords:
  • Architecture, Engineering, Healthcare / Medicine, Science 
  • Duration:
  • 10 Months 
  • Age:
  • 18-28 
  • Language:
  • French 
  • Organizer:
  • Ariel University 
  • Program appears on grant application as:
  • Masa prepa sciences de la sante, architecture & ingenierie Ariel universite 
  • Price:
  • $ 12000 
  • Accommodation:
  • Included 
  • Meals:
  • Not Included 
  • Program Contact Information:
  • Shmouel Boukobza 
  • (p):972 3 906 6318 
  • masa-prepa-ariel@ariel.ac.il 
  • http://www.ariel.ac.il/masa 
  • Program Dates:
  • October 25,2016 - August 31,2017  Apply to this program

What Does it Really Mean to be a Jewish Leader?">What Does it Really Mean to be a Jewish Leader?

Posted January 12th, 2015

 

By Matthew Callman, Masa Israel Teaching Fellow in Netanya

 

 

This past week, over 250 Masa Israel program participants from over 25 countries came together at Hotel Yehuda in Jerusalem for the The Wilf Family Masa Israel Leadership Summit. These five days were full of workshops, lectures, trips, and other interactive activities. The purpose of the summit was to educate the participants and give us the proper tools to become future Jewish leaders. On the last day, in order to tie the summit together, we received an article that lists the seven principles of a Jewish leader. In order to reflect on the summit, I am using those same seven principles to draw the connection between the summit and Jewish leadership.

 

Principle 1: Leadership begins with taking responsibility.

Prior to the conference, we had the responsibility to complete the application process for the summit, and upon acceptance, sign up for the workshops that we would be interested in attending. During the workshops, professionals from around the Israeli community came in to spread their knowledge on various topics. Workshops included the challenges facing European Jews, Jewish philanthropy, proper messaging and branding techniques, how to run a t-shirt campaign, a memorable talk by Tamir Goodman, and the opportunity to visit the Knesset. The workshops were the part of the summit where we would put in the effort in order to receive the message they were trying to send. As for myself, I took the responsible role and took copious notes so, in the future, I can go back and reflect on what I learned.

 

Principle 2: No one can lead alone.

At the beginning of the program, the participants were separated into 11 teams. These would be our homeroom groups, where after each day we would come together and reflect on what we learned. It all started out on Sunday, when we completed various team building exercises at the Biblical Zoo. The purpose of these exercises was to build that atmosphere of a team. Having a unified team, will make leading it easier. Throughout the week, due the extensive workshop choices, some people may have had difficulty deciding what workshops they wanted to attend. Our homeroom groups were then used as the place where everyone talked about the workshops they attended that day. At first, we were strangers when we walked in on day one, but by day five we had many conversations, connected and shared ideas to help each other grow as individuals and leaders.

 

Principle 3: Leadership is about the future. It is vision-driven.

The purpose of the summit was to help us become the future Jewish leaders of our communities. The week started out with some important questions. These questions were not going to be answered during the summit, but they were used to spark an interest in how we can best answer those questions.

Three major questions were asked by Shmuel Rozner of the Jewish People Policy Institute during his lecture:

-Why would one want to be Jewish?

-Why does Judaism need to be continued?

-What role can a Jewish leader play in the world?

These are powerful questions, and they laid the groundwork for the remainder of the summit. They got me thinking and, after reflecting on these questions during the week, as the conference concluded, I asked myself the question: “How can I become the best Jewish leader in my community?” With that question in mind, I can now figure out how I can grow as an individual each and every day in order to make the impact that I know I am capable of making.

 

Principle 4: Leaders learn.

Obviously, we were at a summit, so we were going to do a lot of learning, but learning should never end. During the conference, many opportunities were created to allow us to learn from each other. It never matters how one learns, as long as one is looking for new knowledge. While learning from your peers, you never know what you may find out. People have different views on and interpretations of topics, and they may make a point that you did not think of. It was great to see that, throughout the day, people were constantly asking each other about the workshops they attended and what they learned from them. The open environment at the summit, allowed for the exchange of ideas that will really help people grow as leaders.

 

Principle 5: Leadership means believing in the people you lead.

As future Jewish leaders, who are we really looking to lead? The answer may vary depending on who you ask, but there is one general category that we must believe in, and it is the Jewish people as a whole. The summit gave us the opportunity to envision that. Where else could you find young Jews from all around the world under one roof? Coming from a very Jewish area on Long Island, sometimes I forget that being Jewish in other areas of the world can be very difficult. Hearing some of those stories had a huge impact on me and really opened up my mind to Judaism around the world. Now, when we go back to our respective communities, we will be focusing on not only making our communities better, but also on the worldwide Jewish community.

 

Principle 6: Leadership involves a sense of timing and pace.

Can there only be one leader? Through my experiences studying leadership, there needs to be a group of leaders. Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses, and in order to be the best leader, you must surround yourself with people who not only support you, but also cover those weaknesses for you. Some people may not be ready to be the big time leader, but want to help support their peer. The summit allowed for so many great minds to not only network, but to build personal relationships, too. These connections that were formed, will give all of us the opportunity to grow at their own pace as a leader and find how they can be the best leader they can be.

 

Principle 7: Leadership is stressful and emotionally demanding

This week was not an easy week. We had a very packed out schedule, and a lot to learn in such a small period of time. For me, I got very little sleep because I wanted to take advantage of having so many motivated young Jews all together. Personally, I stepped outside my comfort zone and put myself out there for people to notice me. The summit may have been a roller coaster ride with many highs and lows, but the bottom line is, I am so blessed that I had the opportunity to attend the summit. I have taken so much from it, and I cannot wait to continue on my journey to be the best Jewish leader that I know I can be.

 

 

The following article was used to help me out with this post:

"Seven principles of Jewish Leadership" by Jonathan Sacks, The Jerusalem Post 6/14/2012

**Be sure to check out the article here and read another point of view on Jewish leadership**

 

Read more about Matthew’s experiences in Netanya on his blog.

 

Mitzpeh Bagalil

http://www.masaisrael.org/sites/default/files/mitzpehbagalil%20photo.jpg

Program Description

Mitzpeh BaGalil is a ten-month, intensive enrichment program designed for high school graduates from North America and Europe, but open to applicants from around the world.

A typical week in the Mitzpeh BaGalil program includes:  Formal study of the Hebrew language, Israeli history, and Torah (in a modern context); group discussion; social activism; exploration and touring; and informal social interactions with the Hannaton Mechina participants and Hannaton kibbutz member families.

Why choose to spend your gap year at Hannaton?
Our Israeli-style gap year program is a pluralistic experience, open to Jews of all denominations and political leanings

Our program structure has an Israeli flavor to it. How?
Through community building, social action, and a significant amount of self-governance while they’re here, participants actively determine the outcome of their experience.

Asked why they chose Hannaton, most current participants say one of two things: First, they wanted to be in close contact and dialogue with Israelis their own age. Parallel to the gap year program, Hannaton runs a pre-army Mechina. The two programs take place on the same campus; meals are often together, as well as some activities and trips. 
Second, Hannaton’s location and experiential programming offer a unique opportunity to interact with a wide spectrum of residents of the region; not just Jews, but local Bedouins, Druze and Muslims, often inside their homes or institutions Through one-on-one exchanges, program participants become intimately familiar with Israel. Graduates return home with a strong network of Israeli friends, their own opinions about the region, the skills to cogently express them to others.
  • Main Subject: Gap Year (Programs)
  •  
  •  
  • Keywords:
  • Coexistence, Education, Jewish Studies, Kibbutz, Leadership, Zionism and Israel Society 
  • Duration:
  • 9 Months 
  • Age:
  • 18-21 
  • Language:
  • English 
  • Organizer:
  • Educational & Spiritual Center in Hannaton 
  • Program appears on grant application as:
  • Mitzpeh Bagalil 
  • Price:
  • $ 14000 
  • Accommodation:
  • Included 
  • Meals:
  • Included 
  • Program Contact Information:
  • Jonny Whine 
  • (p):972 4 905 9605 
  • jonnywhine@gmail.com 
  • www.echannaton.org/gap-year 
  • Program Dates:
  • September 06,2016 - June 12,2017  Apply to this program

Hebrew University - Freshman/Academic Program

http://www.masaisrael.org/sites/default/files/Hebrew%20U%20Freshman%20Photo.jpg

Program Description

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. A variety of first-year courses are offered in the areas of Israel and Middle Eastern studies, Religion, Brain and Behavioral Sciences, and Environmental Studies.  
The Freshman/Academic Gap Program provides a solid initiation into academic study, and the credits earned are transferable to many colleges and universities. Upon successful completion of the year-long program, students may be admitted to universities and colleges in in North America with advanced standing.
All Freshmen students participate in the Freshman Seminar. This seminar provides first-year college students with a strong foundation to assist in the transition from high school to college.  It provides academic and social support while strengthening the students' skills in academic research and writing. The seminar also affords students the opportunity to interact and form a community with fellow students and the administration.
 
  • Main Subject: Undergraduate Academic Studies
  •  
  •  
  • Duration:
  • 4, 8.5 Months 
  • Age:
  • 16-30 
  • Language:
  • English 
  • Organizer:
  • The Hebrew University - Rothberg International School 
  • Program appears on grant application as:
  • Hebrew University - Freshman/Academic Program 
  • Accommodation:
  • Included 
  • Meals:
  • Not Included 
  • Program Contact Information:
  • Bar Cohen 
  • (p):972-2-5881395 
  • maz_hash@savion.huji.ac.il 
  • Program Dates:
  • September 07,2017 - May 31,2018, JERUSALEM, $20570   Apply to this program
  • January 24,2018 - May 31,2018, JERUSALEM, $12620   Apply to this program

Hevruta">Hevruta

Program: