Ofer Gutman

Ofer Gutman

Director of Marketing & Sales.

Alli Green

Alli Green

Marketing and Communications Manager

Hebrew University - Freshman/Academic Program


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.


Hear participants talk about their daily life, take a virtual tour of your favorite program, and watch your semester of year in Israel unfold in front of you





Program Description

Hevruta, a collaboration of the Shalom Hartman Institute and Hebrew College, is a fully integrated gap-year program for North American and Israeli student leaders from a diverse range of Jewish backgrounds and life experiences.
 This exciting and dynamic learning opportunity will address both Israeli and North American cultures and contexts as compelling centers of contemporary Jewish leadership and discovery.

Over the course of their 10-month experience, Hevruta participants will engage in rigorous inquiry and text study, while taking advantage of Jerusalem’s rich intellectual and spiritual resources. A three-week North American component will explore American Jewish identity in a global context, deepening the exchange of ideas among students.

After completing the program, Hevruta alumni will be well-positioned to use their influential voices to shape the Jewish people’s most important conversations and communal decisions.


For more information, please contact:

Leon Morris

Vice President for Israel Programs

Shalom Hartman Institute of North America




Hevruta is the only Israel gap-year program that brings together an equal number of North American and Israeli participants for pluralistic 
learning and leadership training. This model fosters meaningful cultural exchanges and powerful educational opportunities for 
Hevruta's academic program is rigorous and challenging, and centers around Jewish ideas, Jewish literature, and leadership. You’ll study 
a full range of texts, delve into Great Jewish Books, and participate in Hevruta’s Jerusalem Leadership Lab. Program faculty are drawn from the teaching staffs of both the Shalom 
Hartman Institute and Hebrew College. They are among the world’s leading scholars in Jewish tradition and contemporary spirituality.

Update from Masa Israel

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Over the last few days, Israeli population centers have been targeted by rocket fire from Gaza, and the Israel Defense Forces have launched Operation Protective Edge, with the aim of restoring stability to Israeli civilians. The safety and security of Masa Israel Journey program participants, staff and partners is our top priority.

Or Vishua - Shnat Yeshiva

Program Description

This program is conducted in French.

4 Hidden Treasures of Tel Aviv - in Mini Israel

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by Maria Olshanskaya, WUJS Israel intern
Even if you’ve been to Israel a dozen times, the seemingly kitschy exhibit at Mini Israel might reveal to you the hidden gems you’ve been missing on prior visits.

Masa Israel Connections: Online Networking Event

Masa Israel Connections: Online Networking Event

July 9, 2014 - 11:00

  Online  - 

Connect with fellow alumni in your field or city at our online networking event on July 9!

At Masa Israel Journey, we know that getting started in a community can be tough. We want to help make that easier by providing you with the best resources around...one another! During the Masa Israel Connections Event you will:

  • Connect with Masa Israel alumni living in or returning to your area. 
  • Share your amazing experiences from Israel with someone who has done it before and truly gets it. 
  • Begin to Build your ideas for the future.

Alumni: Do you have experience to share with current participants about transitioning back or do you yourself want to get involved locally? Connect with current participants or meet with seasoned alumni.

Current Participants: Are you starting to think about returning home? You will make useful connections that will help you transition. 

Through the event you will have a chance to connect with alumni based on where they are currently. Connect with as many communities as you like to meet people and hear about opportunities. You never know what you might learn!

Click here to sign up!

Tamar Zilbershatz

Tamar Zilbershatz

Director, Gap & Service Programs