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Jewish Studies

Trip Logistics">Trip Logistics

Am I accepted? When should I depart for Israel? When can my relatives visit? Where will I be staying? Can I extend my stay in Israel?

All of these questions, and more, should be directed to the organizer of the program for which you have signed up. Masa Israel Journey is the umbrella organization that provides the funding for and support for long-term programs in Israel, but the actual trips are operated by a wide variety of educational organizations.

Safety and security">Safety and security

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The safety and security of Masa Israel Journey program participants, staff and partners is our top priority.Masa Israel Journey maintains strict standards for safety and security on all program sponsored activities.

As a joint project of the Government of Israel and the Jewish Agency for Israel, Masa Israel programs receive updated information regarding safety and security regularly and are able to respond to official recommendations. Our staff is in touch with every Masa Israel program to ensure information is shared effectively and to assist as needed.

If you have questions regarding safety and security, please contact us on Facebook at facebook.com/masaisrael, on Twitter at @masaisrael or speak with our helpdesk at 1.866.864.3279 or masainfo@masaisrael.org.

What kind of currency do I need in Israel?">What kind of currency do I need in Israel?

Israeli currency is the New Israeli Shekel (NIS). If you want to acquire shekels prior to your arrival in Israel, ask your bank if they can order some for you. Alternatively, ATM machines are widely available at the airport and throughout Israel. The best option is to change your money at one of the many exchange points in every major city, which do not charge a fee for exchange.

Are there any special requirements for entering/exiting Israel?">Are there any special requirements for entering/exiting Israel?

In order to enter Israel, your passport must be valid for six months from the date of entry and throughout your stay. 
 
Every Masa Israel participant can (and is strongly advised to) approach his/her local Consulate General of Israel or the Embassy of Israel prior to beginning a Masa Israel program to request a special Masa Israel visa. The Masa Israel visa is an A2 visa – a multiple-entry student visa (making it possible to leave Israel for a vacation and be able to return without needing a new visa).
 
In order to obtain a Masa Israel Visa, you must visit a consulate or embassy with the following:
  1. The form you received from Masa Israel (PDF file) confirming your grant and/or scholarship amount
  2. A letter from the organizer of your program validating your acceptance to the program
  3. A valid passport
 
The consulate has final jurisdiction with regards to granting a visa, should it have prior intelligence or concerns about a participant
 
Should you encounter a problem when requesting the visa at consulate, an internal letter from the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs can be provided to clarify the procedures. If there is still a problem, please contact masainfo@masaisrael.org.
 
Please Note: The Masa Israel Visa does not entitle you to work in Israel and is only valid for a maximum of one-year stay in Israel.
Masa Israel Journey offers a range of Jewish Studies programs designed to deepen your connection to our traditions and to the Jewish people.
 
Programs range from rigorous interdisciplinary studies of the Jewish people and civilization at some of the world’s top universities to Torah instruction and study at Israel’s leading yeshivas and seminaries.
 
Delve into the history of the Jewish people, explore your own Jewish identity, gain familiarity with a wide variety of Jewish texts or study to become a Jewish communal professional.
 
Your Jewish Studies experience in Israel awaits. Find it here.

 

Hemdat Hadarom

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Program Description

Atid Hemdat is a preparatory year for higher education in Israel. It provides in one year the requirements for pursuing studies, in a setting where the Torah is the heart of education. A special effort is provided to help each girl to orient themselves.
 
The program includes a variety of courses, a complete ulpan (more than 550 hours), a serious preparation for psychometric tests as well as English classes with option math and science education. The program also includes unforgettable excursions, sports and volunteering. Hemdat Hadarom is renowned for its beautiful campus and comfortable apartments.
  • Main Subject: Jewish Studies
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  • Keywords:
  • Jewish Studies 
  • Duration:
  • 8.5 Months 
  • Age:
  • 16-30 
  • Open to:
  • Female 
  • Language:
  • French, Hebrew 
  • Religious Affiliation:
  • Orthodox 
  • Organizer:
  • Hemdat Hadarom 
  • Program appears on grant application as:
  • Hemdat Hadarom 
  • Price:
  • $ 10700 
  • Accommodation:
  • Included 
  • Meals:
  • Included 
  • Program Dates:
  • October 22,2017 - July 03,2018  Apply to this program

Neimos

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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. 
  • Main Subject: Jewish Studies, Gap Year (Programs)
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  • Keywords:
  • Jewish Studies 
  • Duration:
  • 9 Months 
  • Age:
  • 16-30 
  • Open to:
  • Female 
  • Language:
  • Hebrew, English 
  • Religious Affiliation:
  • Orthodox 
  • Organizer:
  • Pninim Seminary 
  • Program appears on grant application as:
  • Neimos 
  • Price:
  • $ 22900 
  • Accommodation:
  • Included 
  • Meals:
  • Included 
  • Program Dates:
  • September 05,2017 - June 04,2018  Apply to this program

J.C.T. - Tochnit Mechulevet

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Program Description

Combining a schedule of Jewish studies and academic courses in the fields of technology and business, this program is equivalent to a first year of college enhanced by a strong support system of professional staff. Students are fully integrated with their Israeli counterparts both in courses, dormitory life and extra-curricular activities.
 
Students choose courses from all the departments at Machon Lev; in Jewish studies, they participate in the Beit Midrash learning program, and for academics, they choose courses from the various departments to include Engineering, Computers, Biochemistry, Electro-Optics, Applied Physics, Management, Marketing, Accounting, and Education.
  • Main Subject: Jewish Studies, Freshman Year Studies, Gap Year (Programs)
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  • Keywords:
  • Engineering, Intensive Hebrew Language, Jewish Studies, Pre-Aliyah 
  • Duration:
  • 10.5, 11 Months 
  • Age:
  • 16-30 
  • Language:
  • French 
  • Religious Affiliation:
  • Orthodox 
  • Organizer:
  • Jerusalem College of Technology 
  • Program appears on grant application as:
  • J.C.T. - Tochnit Mechulevet 
  • Accommodation:
  • Included 
  • Meals:
  • Included 
  • Program Dates:

Hamaor Hagadol

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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.
  • Main Subject: Jewish Studies
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  • Keywords:
  • Education, Jewish Studies 
  • Duration:
  • 9 Months 
  • Age:
  • 16-30 
  • Open to:
  • Male 
  • Language:
  • English 
  • Religious Affiliation:
  • Orthodox 
  • Organizer:
  • Central Yeshiva Tomchei Tmimim 
  • Program appears on grant application as:
  • Hamaor Hagadol 
  • Price:
  • $ 10800 
  • Accommodation:
  • Included 
  • Meals:
  • Included 
  • Program Dates:
  • October 23,2017 - July 19,2018  Apply to this program