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Jewessence is a semester long retreat where each participant gets to discover her ABCs: Who I AM, Where I BELONG, and how I can CONTRIBUTE to the Jewish people. Uniquely designed as a post beginner learning program, Jewessence caters to women who may not feel ready for a seminary experience, or who may not wish to go to seminary, but are inspired and would like to continue exploring her heritage.
Combining emotional health tools, general knowledge, Hebrew skills, travel and deep Torah study, Jewessence women will leave having a firm foundation in their Judaism.
Aardvark Israel - Selah offers Jewish students from around the world the opportunity to “MAKE ISRAEL YOURS” through enriching Jewish learning and experiences in a co-ed, non-coercive atmosphere. Students will explore their Jewish identity, ask questions and enjoy their Jewish learning in an open and supportive environment.
While living in apartments in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, students will volunteer or intern, tour the hidden gems of Israel through trips and excursions, take academic courses, study in a Beit Midrash, have unique Jewish experiences, celebrate Shabbat with different communities in Israel and interact with amazing Rabbis and Jewish educators. Our experienced staff and high ratio of staff to students allow Aardvark to cater to the different interests of our international student population. This program is for young adults who love to learn, interact with many different types of people and want to be immersed into Israeli society.
In addition to the core components of the program, students may customize the experience even further by choosing one of our
Special Interest Add-Ons:
- Mind-Body Track (Psychology and Medicine track), including volunteering with Magen David Adom ambulances
- Israeli Military Track, including Marva basic training in the Israeli Army
- Nepal Cultural Exchange
- Live in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem
- Opportunities for international travel to Europe, Africa and Asia
- Enriching Beit Midrash and experiential Jewish learning
- Unique internship and volunteering opportunities
- Live with students from all over the world