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.

Bnei Akiva - Torani


Program Description

Torani is intended for young adults wishing to devote a year to serious Torah study in Israel, whilst enjoying being part of the Bnei Akiva framework. The majority of the year is spent in yeshiva or midrasha, with Bnei Akiva running seminars, Shabbatonim and an advanced leadership course to allow participants to maximise their year, experience the length and breadth of Israel and return equipped with the tools to be a leader in Bnei Akiva UK.

Applicants can choose between Yeshivat Hakotel, Yeshivat Eretz Hatzvi and Yeshivat Meir Harel Modiin (boys) and Midreshet Harova and Midreshet Yeud (girls).


For more information, contact:

Michael Rainsbury




Bnei Akiva - Shalhevet


Program Description

Shalhevet is a ten-month program encompassing a variety of experiences: studying Torah, volunteering on a kibbutz, a Hebrew Ulpan, Marva, Magen David Adom, leadership program, and much more. Shalhevet is not based in just one location—round every two months, the group moves to another part of Israel.

Yeshivat Orayta


Program Description

Orayta, located in the Old City of Jerusalem overlooking the Kotel, is housed in a magnificent 900 year-old Crusader building with an incredible view of the Temple Mount (Har Habayit), the Mount of Olives (Har Hazeitim) and the Judean Desert. At Orayta students will develop leadership skills and become philosophically equipped to cope with the challenges of living a Torah life in a modern secular world.
Students will be introduced to a wide range of Jewish thinkers including the teachings of Rav Abraham Isaac Kook, Rabbi J.B. Soloveitchik and the Chassidic Masters. At Orayta students will understand why they learn Gemara and the vital role it plays in their personal development. The year will not simply focus on one or two tractates; rather, students will probe sections selected from the entire Talmud that are relevant to their life and typify the gamut of archetypical modalities of Talmudic logic.

Hashomer Hatzair - Shnat Zafon


Program Description

Shnat, which means year in Hebrew, is a year of individual growth and exploration in which participants learn all sorts of life skills, things about themselves, and how to negotiate life with greater independence. Shnat is also about participating in a collective, the Shnat Kvutza, and about being part of a movement forum. This means that the process of independence, individual growth and discovery is connected to and supported by the other members of the group and the madrichim (guides) of the kvutza. 
The program gives participants tools to be able to do well in the world, fostering critical thought, learning about Israel, politics and Judaism, functioning in groups as well as taking care of oneself independently. Shnat provides the tools and a forum for exploring the next steps and potential paths for continuing to build one’s life consciously and within the framework of Hashomer Hatzair.



Program Description

BIP is designed for young people who want the experience of living life in Israel a few months. Whether you are interested in getting to know Israel, gaining experience and contacts in the Israel's professional community or are preparing to make Aliyah in the future, you can accomplish it through BIP. BIP is particularly suitable for students who attended Jewish schools.
On BIP, you will spend the fall immersed in a university atmosphere with intensive Hebrew ulpan, English classes and Jewish Studies (history, philosophy and Jewish thought), as well as the option to prepare for psychometric exams.
In the spring, the group participates in three weeks of volunteering on a military base through Sar El, and then take part in a seminar on Israeli society and discusses various policy issues, news, culture and society. Afterwards, program participants are chose between ambulence volunteering with Magen David Adom volunteer or community volunteering in schools or organization in Israel. 
This program is operated in French.



Program Description

Hineni Shnat is a ten month Israel program for high-school graduates. The program encompasses volunteering, experiential and educational components, all within Hineni’s unique framework. A year in Israel with Hineni is a chance to connect to the Jewish homeland; to learn about Jewish history, culture and religion; to form friendships with other young people from Israel and around the world; to learn Hebrew; to explore one’s own Jewish, Zionist and personal identity; and to challenge oneself to learn and form opinions about the issues that affect Israel today.
The Hineni Shnat Program begins with AZYC Opening Seminar and Hineni Opening Seminar. Hineni Shnatties participate in Machon, a four-month intensive program facilitated by the Education Department of the Jewish Agency for Israel. Machon is a dynamic educational institution where participants engage in leadership training, Jewish education and Zionist learning together with youth movement members from around the world.
Hineni Shnat also includes a two-month Options Period where participants can choose from a number of volunteering and educational options such as MDA ambulance service, the Marva army program, studying in Yeshiva/ Midrasha Jewish learning centres and more. Shnatties spend approximately six weeks living and working on a Kibbutz as well as participating in Hineni Jewish Learning Seminars and shabbatonim throughout the program.



Program Description

If you want the chance to live and breathe Israel, then AUJS Aviv is the program for you! This dynamic program for 18-21 year olds includes inspirational educational, political and leadership seminars to stimulate your mind, as well as exciting and challenging tiyulim to discover the natural beauty of the deserts, forests and seas!
Spend time living in the historical and cultural cities of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem and soak up all that this fabulous country has to offer, whilst forming strong friendships with Jews from all over Australia, Great Britain and Israel.

Dance Journey Auditions

Dance Journey Auditions

June 12, 2011 - 12:06  -  June 12, 2011 - 15:00

BPStudio 618 MoultonLos Angeles, CA  -  United States

Audition for The Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company in Israel and for MASA Dance Journey 5 month apprentice program

For more information contact
646-714 1212

Masa Celebrates End of Program Year

Masa Celebrates End of Program Year

Masa Celebrates End of Program Year

May 27, 2011

Navy blue Young Judaea shirts adorned with patches mixed with green Netzer Olami t-shirts and white Oranim polos as hundreds of Masa Israel participants converged on Jerusalem’s International Convention Center on Monday to celebrate the end of the program year.
The daylong Made in Israel Conference opened with a discussion session, during which gap year program participants were seated by the regions in which their future colleges and universities are located. Moderators rotated through the cavernous hall as conversations on the impact of the gap year experience and the ways in which that experience can be leveraged and enhanced on campus filled the room.
One participant noted that he had learned a great deal about Israel’s Bedouin community while living in the Negev Desert, while another discussed how his cultural and religious identities are intertwined, and a third shared a novel approach to promoting Israel through its scenic landscapes. Participants made plans to attend sporting events and Hillel Shabbat dinners together as they got to know their future schoolmates.
Following the session, participants were ushered into a large hall containing booths representing various organizations that offer programs and resources for students on U.S. and Canadian college campuses. Munching on slices of pizza and pitas stuffed with falafel, the future college students milled about the room, collecting pamphlets, signing up for mailing lists, and learning about opportunities to further deepen their connections to Jewish life and to Israel. 
Hillel representatives described the sorts of Jewish communities awaiting the students on their respective campuses, while representatives from Alpha Epsilon Pi discussed Jewish Greek life and AIPAC representatives talked about political advocacy on behalf of the U.S.-Israel relationship. A parallel opportunities fair with programs for Russian-speaking participants took place in an adjacent room.
Participants reconvened in the convention center’s massive auditorium, where Masa CEO Ayelet Shilo-Tamir greeted them and explained that their experience in Israel should be viewed as the beginning of their relationship with the country. “What happened here is just a step in your journey,” she said. “We would like to continue this journey with you.”
The conference continued with a discussion on countering the deleglitimization of Israel, moderated by prominent journalist and Israel Channel 10 news anchor Oshrat Kotler-Bengal.  Participating in the discussion were Ambassador Dan Gillerman, former Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations, and Ambassador Alon Pinkas, former Consul General of Israel in New York.  The two diplomats, who are both considered prominent spokespeople for Israel and who regularly appear on international television networks in the country’s defense, shared their experiences representing Israel in various fora and discussed how Masa participants can advocate for Israel when abroad.
Gillerman described the UN as “a citadel of hypocrisy and double standards,” quoting former Israeli foreign minister Abba Eban, who once quipped, “If Algeria introduced a resolution declaring that the earth was flat and that Israel had flattened it, it would pass by a vote of 164 to 13 with 26 abstentions.” Pinkas explained that it is difficult to represent Israel when its own government “speaks in multiple voices,” each of which seeks to be heard. “We need 400 people like this,” Pinkas said, gesturing to the audience of Masa participants, “not 400 ministers.”
Following  a television segment featuring Kotler-Bengal, in which she showed the differences between the tactics employed by advocates for Israel and those utilized by Palestinian supporters at New York’s Columbia University, the discussants engaged the audience in a Q&A session, suggesting that the participants could serve as Israel’s finest representatives in their home communities and encouraging them to “take this experience back, share it, and multiply its effect” and to “get other people to join this Masa, this journey.”
As the day went on, participants enjoyed a panel on Israeli technological innovation, as well remarks from Israel’s Minister of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Yuli Edelstein and Jewish Agency Deputy Chairman Rany Trainin.
The evening concluded with a dramatic performance by the singers, dancers, musicians, and actors of the world-renowned Israeli group Mayumana—billed as the country’s “number one cultural export”—which drew a loud and protracted standing ovation from the crowd.