Baer Miriam / Maayanot

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Program Description

 

Ba'er Miriam

Ba'er Miriam prides itself on providing an educational environment and curriculum designed for girls who enjoy an intellectual challenging advanced Jewish Studies progam in an inspirational atmosphere. You will devote your year at Ba'er Miriam to honing textual skills in serious Torah study, while infusing Torah values into your personal character growth.  Many classes are small and intimate, enabling you to achieve your highest learning potential and forge personal relationships with teachers. 
 
Ba'er Miriam's strong emphasis on tiyulim (guided tours) throughout the country helps the Tanach come alive as our students’ appreciation for the Land of Israel grows. Ba'er Miriam is renowned for our excellent program, warm staff of outstanding educators, the warmth and inclusiveness of our student body and our concern for the comfort and well being of our students.
 

Ma'ayanot

Ma’ayanot is designed for dynamic, motivated students who wish to maximize their growth and character development, to be inspired and to be an inspirational role model for others. At Ma’ayanot we learn not only what, but why! Ma’ayanot is renowned for our excellent program, warm staff of outstanding educators, our fun exciting tiyulim to all parts of the country, the warmth and inclusiveness of our student body and our concern for the comfort and well being of our students. Ma’ayanot is open to the motivated student who is a baalat midot and wants to grow in Yirat Shamayim, Ahavat Hashem and a deeper love and understanding of Torah and Mitzvot
 
The Ma’ayanot educational program emphasizes inspirational and discussion based classes as well as offering textual classes. Students forge lasting relationships with our teachers and become part of the extended Ma’ayanot family.

 

Highlights

- The program provides a nutritious breakfast and a hot dinner (main meal).
- Financial needs-based scholarships provided by the program are available.
 
 

Nativ

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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, Judaic and Yeshiva studies, 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.
 
Cost of the Program including Flight is $25,500.
 

For more information, contact:

New York Office
(p): 646 519 9246
nativ@uscj.org
 
Jerusalem Office
(p): 972 2 625 6386

 

 

Tiferet

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Program Description

Whether you’re immersed in a thought-provoking class or involved in an animated discussion, whether you're in school or whether you’re in a teacher’s home, Tiferet will provide you with the most inspiring learning experience you can imagine. Tiferet is a Religious-Zionist school that aims to give its students an all-encompassing Israel experience that appeals to the mind, body and soul. We aspire to enlighten our students and broaden their understanding and knowledge of Judaism, as well as inspire them towards a closer connection to Torah, Am Yisrael, Eretz Yisrael and Medinat Yisrael. Our experienced and dynamic staff instill pride in Torah and love for every Jew in each and every student. 
 
The chesed (acts of kindness) program at Tiferet lets you translate your Torah knowledge into action. There's a wide variety of opportunities to choose from, including packing food for needy families, aiding victims of terror, helping new immigrants, and more. 
 
If you want a top notch school and a warm, vibrant community, you want Tiferet.
 

Yesod Chai Israel

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Program Description

Chai Israel is designed for students who are interested in learning and growing in Israel but are looking for a more diverse Israel experience than a full time yeshiva. Their unique gap-year experience combines thought provoking classes, volunteering, touring, exciting excursions, Israeli culture and meaningful experiences—in  a  comfortable Jewish atmosphere. The program was created for post high school students who have decided to spend a semester or year in Israel discovering their heritage, their religion, their land and themselves. 
 
With the guidance of our professional educators and world renowned Rabbis, Chai Israel students can develop a life-long path that will enable them to intertwine modern society with traditional Jewish living. Chai Israel’s weekly schedule and academic curriculum caters to the diverse interests of nowadays teenagers. From paintball to basketball and from history to mysticism - Chai Israel students experience it all!
 
Chai Israel is a division of The Derech Institute of Ohr Somayach Tannenbaum College, internationally recognized for its excellence in Jewish education for over 30 years. As a program of Ohr Somayach, Chai Israel is recognized as an accredited institution of higher learning by the U.S. Department of Education and Religion. Chai Israel students who fulfill their course requirements will receive up to 36 credits issued by Ohr Somayach Tannenbaum College towards their college transcript. 
 

For more information, contact:

US or Canada: 1-416-800-0206
Israel: 052-801-6721

 

 

Netzer Year

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Program Description

The Netzer Year (Shnat Netzer) is an exciting gap year in Israel for recent high school grads where you get to live on a kibbutz, take part in hands-on volunteering in Israeli communities, travel extensively throughout the country, study in Jerusalem, interact with Israelis, and more! The program involves intensive leadership training, Hebrew and Jewish immersion studies, service-learning, and communal living. The mission of Shnat Netzer is to develop leadership within the Netzer and the wider Jewish community while developing participants' understanding of, engagement with and commitment to Netzer's ideology. Through the Shnat Netzer experience we aim to create a Progressive Jewish and Reform Zionist hagshama experience, to develop an ongoing relationship with the land, people and State of Israel and to encourage the personal growth of the participants.



Throughout the program, participants live, volunteer and learn alongside their Netzer peers from around the world. Through our three engaging program components, you'll grow as a person, a leader and a Reform Jew. During the first month of the program, participants live on a kibbutz with the entire group, taking part in Hebrew studies, volunteering, touring, and experiential programs. After this, participants choose between volunteering in a community in northern Israel, or living and working on a Reform kibbutz in the Arava region. During the third section of the program, participants live in Jerusalem, choosing between one of two experiential education programs to learn about Israel, leadership, Judaism, and Zionism in a diverse community of young leaders.

 

Shnat Netzer helps recent high school graduates develop the skills and knowledge necessary to become leaders in their movement, community and college back home. It offers participants the chance for personal development, opportunities to study Jewish and Zionist ideals, and a structured environment to learn about the Progressive Movement’s principles and ideology. Shnat Netzer is an exciting, challenging and stimulating way to spend a year in Israel.  Participants experience:


   Progressive Judaism and Zionism in practice
   Self-discovery
   Leadership
   Learning Hebrew
   Tikkun Olam and Social Action projects
   Being a part of an international program
   Adventure                
   Excitement
   Independence

 

Shnat Netzer broadens the horizons and offers an opportunity for self-discovery and what it means to be Jewish and live in Israel. Participants form life-long friendships both with peers in the Shnat Netzer group and with other Jews from around the world whom they will meet and live with during the year. The year is spent with participants from all over the world, including South Africa, Australia, North America, Germany, Spain, and England. Together the participants will be able to develop skills and share experiences to help them become experienced and knowledgeable leaders.

 
For more information- http://www.netzerolami.org/Eng/Shnat/ShnatNetzer.asp or follow us on FB- https://www.facebook.com/groups/netzer.olami/

    

 

 

Habonim Dror - British Shnat

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Program Description

The Habonim Dror Shnat program is an intensive 10 month education and leadership program in Israel. Shnat is the ultimate Habonim Dror program, giving each participant the chance to live, experience and express the movement's ideology, and then return to their home country educated and inspired. 
 
The British Shnat group joins groups from South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Holland, Brazil, Uruguay, Mexico, and Argentina (just to name a few).
 

Yeshivat Lev HaTorah

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Program Description

Yeshivat Lev HaTorah is a full-time Torah learning program. Our mission is to nurture inspired, confident, well-rounded bnei Torah with the skills to learn independently, while simultaneously developing a deep devotion to Eretz Yisrael, Medinat Yisrael, and the entire Jewish community.
 
For a well-rounded Jewish life, study of Talmud is not enough.  A deep understanding of Judaism requires a global study that begins with Tanach and includes the wisdom of the Jewish philosophers and the halachic decisions of recent rabbinic authorities. As a complement to our intensive, skills-oriented Talmud curriculum, students take in-depth high-level classes in Tanach, Jewish Philosophy, Practical Halacha, Religious Zionism, and Tefila. In each class, teachers expose their students to a wide range of opinions and perspectives - encouraging students to recognize the validity of multiple approaches. The positive, all encompassing atmosphere at Lev HaTorah encourages students to think deeply about their beliefs and intuitions without scorning those that disagree with them. The well-rounded curriculum leads to refined, thoughtful, and open-minded students.  The ability to study independently and think creatively about Torah texts enables students to make learning a lifetime pursuit. To this end, we focus our curriculum on the building of strong textual and conceptual skills.
 
With the guidance of our staff, our students plan and implement community service projects  - giving them the experience and insight to continue serving the community effectively for the rest of their lives. Learning Hebrew, touring the land, and interacting with the people of Israel engage talmidim as 'citizens of Israel' throughout their year of study.

 

 

Yeshivat Ohr Yerushalayim

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Program Description

Ohr Yerushalayim is a Beit Midrash program for students from the United States and other Anglo-Saxon countries who wish to spend a year or more of intensive study in Israel.  It is located on Moshav Beit Meir, a religious moshav situated in the Judean hills, about 9 miles from Jerusalem off the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway.  
 
Its goal is to emphasize the primacy of high level Torah study and love of Klal Yisrael and Eretz Yisrael. The primary objective of Yeshivat Ohr Yerushalayim is to provide its students with a highly intensive learning atmosphere in combination with very personalized instruction. The emphasis of study at Ohr Yerushalayim is on the acquisition of the requisite learning skills for proper independent study.  
 
A deep-rooted love of Eretz Yisrael is developed via a number of tiyulim, Shabbatonim and field trips throughout the country, plus contact with the moshav adjoining the yeshiva.

 

Our Impact

What a Difference a Year Makes: Masa Israel Journey is Changing the Way Young Jews View Israel

What a Difference a Year Makes: Masa Israel Journey is Changing the Way Young Jews View Israel

What a Difference a Year Makes: Masa Israel Journey is Changing the Way Young Jews View Israel

January 1, 2012

Masa helps students strengthen their Jewish identity and develop a lifelong love of Israel.
While a good percentage of Orthodox high school graduates flock to the Holy Land each fall, there are tens of thousands more who don’t even care to go.
 
Masa Israel Journey is helping to change that.
 
“I didn’t see much value in spending a year in Israel,” says Sarah Alt, eighteen, who attended public high school in Buffalo, New York. “I figured it was just a year to hang out.” She planned instead to study music at Buffalo State University. Alt was involved with NCSY, the Orthodox Union’s phenomenally successful youth movement. NCSY advisors in her region convinced her that the year in Israel was something definitely worth her time.
 
Although still wary, she went, thanks to the support she received from Masa Israel Journey. “I was so nervous getting on the plane,” she says. “I was like—what am I doing? I don’t like learning!” After her year at Machon Maayan, she changed her tune. “I just loved seeing the country,” she says. “I gained a great love for learning, for Israel, for my fellow Jew, and for what it means to be a Jew.”