Bina: Social Action and Study in Tel Aviv

Program Description

BINA offers high school graduates a unique opportunity to experience real life with Israeli young adults in Tel Aviv, Israel's most exciting city. Program participants will engage in meaningful social action in the community in which they live, and explore the Jewish bookshelf from a pluralistic and progressive perspective. For the past decade, BINA: Center for Jewish Identity and Hebrew Culture has offered hundreds of young adults from Israel and around the world opportunities to experience significant learning, encounter a wide range of thinking and thinkers, and devote themselves to social change.
You will engage in meaningful volunteer assignments in your community in south Tel Aviv. Highly experienced counselors and mentors at BINA, with their personal commitment to social justice, will provide close supervision and guidance in each of your volunteer assignments. You will study classical Jewish texts, Jewish philosophy, social justice and Israeli studies, taught by Israel's leading scholars and educators. You will study, volunteer and live side-by-side with Israeli peers, celebrating Shabbat services and holidays together.

For more information, please contact:

Shana Feld

Director of Admissions




Habonim Dror - Shnat Amlat

Program Description


Pninim Seminary

Program Description

P'ninim Seminary offers stimulating classes with a focus on hashkafa and machshava. They delve into familiar elements in Yiddishkeit and learn them in a way that is barely touched upon in high school by combining traditional textual learning such as Chumash, Navi, Medrash and weekly parsha with thought-provoking haskafa and practical application. 
P'ninim provides the intellectual seminary challenge while inspiring students to appreciate anew that which they have always learned from their parents and teachers. 

Hamaor Hagadol

Program Description

Central Yeshiva Tomchei Tmimim, located in the rural and pastoral village of Kfar Chabad—far from the hubbub and commotion of big city life (yet located in the center of Israel)—is the perfect place to spend a year of study and growth in Israel.

Bnei Akiva - MTA

Program Description

On MTA, you’ll have a year of learning Torah in some of the best institutions that Israel has to offer. During the times when you are not at Yeshiva or Midrasha, we’ll provide a full schedule of activities letting you really live and feel the pulse of the Land of Israel. Various volunteer options, together with seminars about current Jewish and Israeli issues, will complement the educational goals of MTA.

For more information, contact:

Michael Rainsbury

Bnei Akiva - Amlat

Program Description

Amlat is combines leadership, Jewish studies, Hebrew language, work on a Kibbutz, an Army/MDA experience and more. The program is meant for young Jewish boys and girls from South America who are looking for a Jewish traditional program. 
The program includes trips all over the country, meeting with Israelis and other young people from all over the world, volunteering, celebrating Shabbat and Holidays together, leadership seminar and more. Participants will be staying in a variety of locations including youth hostels, a kibbutz and a yeshiva and receive full board.

Yesodei Hatorah

Program Description

The program is designed to provide a serious, skill-based and student-centered curriculum in Gemara and other central texts. It is developed by serious educators and talmidei chachamim, with an eye towards helping our students become independently skillful bnei Torah. Our student-centered curriculum includes courses in the classic works of the Jewish tradition, in order to expose students to the foundational texts and ideas that form the basis of Torah and Judaism. Talmud (iyun and bekiyut), Halacha, Chumash with Rashi and Ramban, Nach, and Jewish philosophy are all integral parts of our curriculum.
Each course is designed to help students become independently skilled in the texts being studied. The Jewish philosophy curriculum deals primarily with the classic medieval Jewish philosophers, such as the Rambam, Ramban, R. Yehuda HaLevi, and R. Albo. After studying the great ideas and philosophical positions of these Rishonim, students are exposed to those same ideas as dealt with by modern thinkers, such as Rav Soloveitchik and Rav Kook.

Midreshet Lindenbaum Darkaynu

Program Description

Midreshet Lindenbaum offers a combination of a rigorous, challenging learning program and a supportive religious environment that encourages students to develop and to delve, to discuss and to debate, and ultimately to decide on a more mature and profound commitment to Torah and Mitzvot. Yeshivat Darkaynu is a new and innovative program developed for religious young men with special needs who are looking for the perfect way to spend a year in Israel.
The program is designed for students who want to continue their learning, develop vocational skills, build independence, improve self-esteem and expand their love of Israel and the Jewish people. Yeshivat Darkaynu is an intimate, "sidestreaming" program that is professionally staffed, highly structured and aims to meet the individual, special needs of its students.

Migdal Oz - Stella K. Abraham Beit Midrash for Women

Program Description

The Migdal Oz Beit Midrash for women is built upon a conviction that the world of Torah and limmud serves as the primary focal point from which each student can blossom and deepen her connection to Hashem. In addition to intellectual endeavors, the program provides you the opportunity to face challenges in the spiritual realm, striving for constant effort and growth in Yirat Shamayim and commitment to Halacha.
The program for overseas students is completely integrated into the Israeli program, and is ideal for students with a serious commitment to Torah study who wish to progress in their avodat Hashem while developing a strong bond with Israel. Its curriculum focuses on four major areas: Gemara, Halacha, Tanach, and Jewish Thought, and is unique among programs for young women in that the bulk of study revolves around the Beit Midrash.

Habonim Dror - South Africa Shnat

Program Description

Shnat is Habonim Dror’s ultimate Israel programme. It is an intensive 10 month experience that combines studying, mad fun, finding friends for life and beginning a process of defining your personal identity. Running since 1946, the Machon is a world-renowned Institute for the training of young leaders from the Diaspora and boasts a faculty containing some of the best teachers in there fields in Israel.  
Shnat consists of 3 components – Machon/Boneh, Kibbutz and Kaveret. The Machon offers an exciting and hands-on look into Israeli History and Current Society, Jewish Civilization, Hebrew, Leadership skills, Political Insights and lots more through lectures and courses. Boneh is an alternative option for those who prefer a more informal environment than the university style lectures of Machon, with greater focus on Habonim and the kvutzah (group), focusing on topics more specific to Habonim. Boneh is hosted on a kibbutz, where the participants live together and build a sense of group identity.
After Machon, participants spend several weeks on a Habonim kibbutz, working in different jobs with the kibbutzniks; from cooking, gardening and laundry to working in the kindergarten and the fields. Participants enjoy free weekends and spend time getting to know the young people on the kibbutz and other volunteers. Nine hours of hard labour every day allow the Shnatties to enjoy the fruits of this Socialist living. 
Kaveret combines practical communal living with community work in Israeli society. The Shnatties contribute invaluably to Israeli society whilst learning, compromising and fending for themselves (yes, that includes cooking; cleaning and shopping!). Kaveret gives participants an opportunity to explore the depths of Israel society while contributing to its betterment by volunteering with different organisations.

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