Tzofim - Garin Tzabar

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Program Description

Garin Tzabar is a unique program, founded in 1991 and run by Tzofim Tzabar Olami, with the support of the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption, The Prime Minister of Israel's office, The Social Security Department, The Jewish Agency For Israel and Masa Israel Journey. Garin Tzabar members are Jewish Americans and children of Israelis living in the Diaspora who choose to move to Israel and serve in the IDF. Upon their arrival in Israel, the group is adopted by the Israel Scouts and placed in a hosting kibbutz, whichquickly becomes their home away from home throughout the duration of their army service.
 
Garin Tzabar creates a group framework of guidance and support for young Jews and Israelis living abroad who choose to return to Israel or make Aliyah for the first time in order to serve a full and meaningful service in the IDF. This is done by a mental and emotional preparation process that starts in the countries of origin and continues with their arrival to Israel and their absorption into the Kibbutzim, Israeli society and through the processes of military pretrial recruitment. The core of the program is carried out during their military service where they continue to live as a group and receive from the group constant guidance and support.
 
 
Garin Tzabar main office in NY -
•  garininfo@israelscouts.org / Garin@israelscouts.org
•  (p): +1.212.339.8130 X304/5  ) 
 
Garin Tzabar main office in Europe:

 

Highlights

The Preparation Process
In this initial stage, the prospective Garin members meets for preparation seminars throughout the year to discuss and reflect on issues pertaining to the move to Israel, including study of the cultural, political and social characteristics of Israel and a thorough introduction to the IDF and its social role in Israeli society. Each individual is encouraged to undergo a personal process of maturation towards moving to Israel and joining the IDF.
 
The Absorption Process in Israel
The first three months in Israel are dedicated to absorption in the kibbutz, Hebrew Ulpan studies (for those who need supplementary Hebrew studies) and handling of all the bureaucratic issues of absorption in Israel and the IDF.
 
Service in the IDF
Upon joining the army, each Garin member follows his/her individual path within the IDF system. The Garin continues to exist as a support group and members continue to meet in the kibbutz over weekends, during the holidays and on time off from the army. All Garin staff--both from the kibbutz and from the Israel Scouts, continue to work with all members throughout their army service period. Additional seminars and programs are designed and implemented to maintain the framework of the Garin.
 

Habonim Dror - Shnat Hajshara Mexico

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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 Mexican Shnat group joins groups from South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Holland, Brazil, Uruguay, Great Britain, and Argentina (just to name a few).
 

Habonim Dror - South Africa Shnat

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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

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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

michael@bneiakiva.net

+972-526000169

 

Bnei Akiva - Shalhevet

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Program Description

Bnei Akiva inspires and empowers young Jews with a sense of commitment to the Jewish people, the Land of Israel and the Torah.

 

For more than 80 years, Hachshara, a year trip to Israel, has played a part in shaping and training the future leaders of Bnei Akiva and Jewish communities around the world.

 

Hachshara is a vital component in your Bnei Akiva journey, when you can devote time to learning Jewish texts, develop independently and explore your identity.
Shalhevet is an international World Bnei Akiva program, where you will meet friends from Italy, Germany, Scandinavia, Canada, USA and more.

 

Shalhevet is an uplifting, inspiring and empowering year in Israel with Bnei Akiva.

 

You’ll learn new skills, enhance old ones, develop your Jewish identity and adapt to new environments – all while enjoying the group experience.

 

Shalhevet is all about learning and giving. It’s a year for yourself, but also a chance to contribute to society around you.
 

Highlights

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

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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

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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.
 

BIP

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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.
 

Hineni

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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.
 

FZY Year Course

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Program Description

What is Year Course?

Year Course is a 9 month gap year programme in Israel giving chanichim (participants) the opportunity to study, volunteer, travel, learn to live independently and gain invaluable skills.

 

Who is Year Course designed for?

Year Course is aimed at FZY’s members and the wider British & European Jewish community aged between 17 and 19. The year in Israel should not be considered a “year-off”. Professional educators run the Year Course programme and the discipline of studying and volunteering are an integral part of the course. However, Year Course should be seen as a break from the formal regimented education of school days and a transition to the teaching methods and individual initiative that are part and parcel of higher education.

The experience of a year of study and opportunities in Israel provides chanichim with the perfect grounding for their entry into further education on their return.

 

How Year Course works?

Year Course is a professionally run, exciting and challenging full-time programme, which is designed to give chanichim an in-depth understanding of the complexities that make up modern Israel. The year is made up of two semesters, each around four months, and a ‘special interest’ month. Everyone will participate in formal studies, volunteer throughout Israel, and have an opportunity to experience new and different aspects of Israeli society. All of the Year Course participants will be with American chanichim from Young Judaea (our North American sister movement), and members of the Israeli Scouts (Tzofim), as well as FZY chanichim from all over Britain and Europe.

 

The Main Elements of Year Course

Year Course contains a number of major components. The following is a brief outline of each of these elements; more details can be found on our website.

 

Studies
On FZY Year Course, chanichim have the opportunity to study a huge variety of subjects and areas. Throughout their studies, participants will grapple with issues which are relevant to young British Jewish Zionists today.

 

Volunteering
FZY Year Course chanichim live and volunteer their time in Bat Yam, a southern suburb of Tel Aviv. They have the opportunity to volunteer in a huge variety of different placements.

 

Israel Experience
The Israel Experience section of Year Course allows participants to choose a part of society they wish to have further knowledge and experience in. Israel is a diverse country with many cultures and peoples, and we believe that we can offer insights into many aspects of Israeli society. Currently the chanichim have the option to take part in Marva, Magen David Adom or volunteer at Yemin Orde youth village.


Special Interest Month

The Special Interest component of the year provides participants with numerous different options in order to tailor part of their Year Course journey.  Options have included a Kibbutz experience, time in Yeshiva, Hiking across different Israeli landscapes, Interning in business and partaking in a Surfing course amongst many others.

 

Optional Add-Ons
FZY year Course has a huge variety of opportunities and options available for chanichim to add on to their year in Israel. In addition to the Regular Year Course Programme, there are options for Jewish Enrichment (Beit Midrash Track), Volunteering in Rwanda (Tikkun Olam), Special Interest (Business, Medicine and others), Travel (Olami) and a week long trip to Poland (Kuma). Details on all of these options are available on our brochure and website.

 

Extras 
Year Course has so many added extras on the programme that make FZY Year Course the best programme available. These include a number of overnight tiyulim (hikes), a series of seminars throughout Israel at various times of the year joint with other UK youth movements, Israelis on the programme, Israeli Scouts that join and organise activities, UJIA programming and activities in the North of Israel.