Young Judaea Academic Year Course

Program Description



Year Course sets you up for success! In College, in Life!



You’ll live independently, sharing apartments with friends in our modern campus located in the beautiful, central Jerusalem neighborhood of Baka. Shops, cafes and public transportation are all close by with the magical Old City a short walk away. Throughout this semester you will explore Israel’s complex political and social issues as well as Judaism, Jewish History, Art and more through classes, workshops, tours and discussions, all in a unique informal setting.



Make a real difference in Israel living in Bat Yam, an up-and-coming beach town 15 minutes from Tel Aviv. Teach in a school, volunteer in a soup kitchen, train to be a paramedic or choose one of hundreds of other possibilities where your skills and time are most needed.
There’s also an opportunity to sign up for Marva – a challenging 8 week IDF boot camp and push yourself to the limits!



In the last month of your year, you’ll choose from an unbelievable range of options and design your own Special Interest Month! Learn new skills, challenge yourself and boost your resume!


  • Backpack Israel’s epic Sea-to-Sea hike
  • Learn to surf in Tel Aviv
  • Take a photography crash course
  • Intern with an Israeli company
  • Study Jewish texts at a Yeshiva/Midrasha
  • Work on a kibbutz



Specialty Tracks: Customize your year!

Tracks offer you specialized activities to meet your interests and passions led by top Israeli experts that will enrich your year and your resume.

Business: Network, entrepreneurs, start-ups, leadership!


Art: Meet local artists, workshops, shows, exhibitions!


Medical: Volunteer, meet experts, research, hands-on!


Sound: Concerts, musicians, jam sessions, studio time!


Sports: Competitions, exercise, meet professional athletes!


Tiyulim: Hike, outdoor skills, teamwork, hadracha!


Beit Midrash: Jewish texts, shabbatot, inspiring educators!


Olami: The world is your classroom!


Love traveling? Take advantage of our world travel options to Italy, Greece, Morocco and Poland! See famous world sites and learn the story of the Jewish people live on location!


Tikun Olam: Africa volunteering experience!


Make a difference in the lives of others with our unique partnership at the inspirational Shalom Agohozo Youth Village in Rwanda. You’ll embark on an empowering, rewarding journey and volunteer with youth struggling with the after-effects of the 1994 genocide and prepare them to take on leadership roles in society



Way More Israel

Program Description

Way More Israel is a unique 5-month program where you will have an authentic Israel experience as you develop your own unique skills and interests. You’ll spend the first month living in Jerusalem’s Old City, improving your Hebrew skills and getting to know places and people around you. You’ll discover the meaning and significance of heritage and history through tours, workshops, hands-on learning, group volunteer projects and cultural activities. For the second month, you’ll travel to a kibbutz where you will continue to learn Hebrew, and have a chance to really contribute to communal life. You’ll pick up some organic farming techniques and/or work in a kibbutz factory. You’ll then return to Jerusalem for the last three months where you’ll be working or volunteering in your chosen field. Jerusalem has some of the best opportunities to gain valuable experience working in companies (over 600 to choose from) or making a real difference at the many non-profit organizations. 
During trips around the country, interactive programs and activities, you’ll experience “way more” of Israel and Israelis. By visiting places that many tourists don’t go and interacting with Israeli peers and your Jerusalem neighbours, you’ll start to feel like a local. Classes and workshops about issues crucial to Israel and your Jewish heritage will sharpen your critical thinking skills and open up new educational vistas. Because Way More Israel is multifaceted, diverse and comprehensive, you’ll get to know Israel and you’ll get to know yourself.


Way More Israel is a unique combination of living in Jerusalem, working on kibbutz, and choosing between the career development track (internships) or volunteer track.
The trips and educational component of Way More Israel offer present Israel and Israelis from a deeper dimension. Highlights include:
- City of David “Enchanted Jerusalem” evening tour
- Sephardic Heritage Event - food, music, culture
- Packing food boxes for needy families
- Klesmer music concert
- Meet IDF Soldiers and participate in “Thank Israeli Soldiers” project
- Tour of Mishkenot and Prisoner’s Museum
- Tour of Arab Quarter and Moroccan cooking workshop
- Face painting in hospitals
- Kabbalah Seminar
- Tree planting on Tu B'Shvat
- Coexistence Roundtable Discussion - meet your Old City neighbors
- Trip to Negev (including caving and rappelling) 
- In the Footsteps of the Maccabees - Hanukka trip to Modiin
- Beyond Politics - The legitimacy of Israel’s claim to the land (workshop)
- Hike the Golan Heights and a weekend in mystical Safed

Mitzpeh Bagalil

Program Description

Mitzpeh BaGalil is a ten-month program for recent high school graduates at Kibbutz Haznnaton in the Lower Galilee. It will run parallel to Hannaton's already successful Mechina program for Israeli teens. 
Mitzpeh BaGalil's mission is to deepen and broaden participant's connections and knowledge about the Land of Israel, Israeli society, and Israeli culture. 
The program is comprised of academically accredited classes, extensive touring, community service, and the joint development of community between Diaspora and Israeli teens.
Our core values are: Leadership, Zionism, Pluralism
We will focus on these values throughout the year from many different perspectives and approaches.
The program will use the Galilee as a living labaratory for 21st century pioneering. We will program meetings and opportunities for authentic engagement with members of all of the local communities: Muslim, Christian, Druze, Religious and Secular in order to better understand the complex dynamic that is contemporary Israel.

Israeli Security and Diplomacy Shabbaton (Post-College)

Israeli Security and Diplomacy Shabbaton (Post-College)

March 7, 2014 (All day)  -  March 8, 2014 (All day)

  Israel  - 

Masa Israel’s Security and Diplomacy Shabbaton explores issues of regional security and the complexity of the situation in the Middle East. 

Gain new perspectives on Israel’s most pressing security issues and learn from leading specialists in various fields through workshops and interactive discussions.


Second semester: March 7-8, 2014


(Open to post-college participants)


Solidarity of Nations - Achvat Amim

Program Description

Achvat Amim, which means "solidarity of nations" in Hebrew, is a new 5 month volunteer experience in Jerusalem that directly engages with the reality of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, based on the core value of self-determination for all peoples. Achvat Amim is renewing the conversation on Jewish Peoplehood and Zionism for the 21st century. Together, we build a dynamic learning community in which we explore and shape Jewish culture and identity as individuals and as part of a greater whole, engage with the challenging realities in Israel and the West Bank, and build on the rich history and traditions of which we are a living part.
Achvat Amim is a framework for meaningful volunteer work with leading Israeli human rights organizations, including Rabbis for Human Rights, which do grassroots work with Israelis and Palestinians in and around Jerusalem. Achvat Amim focuses on developing practical skills in community development and education through intensive volunteer projects and engaging with social change and human rights movements. The program combines learning programs, outdoor experiences, seminars, and trips around the country with working on real projects with leading human rights organizations.
Join us in building a future rooted in the Jewish values of Tzedek (Justice), Shalom (Peace), Tikkun Olam (Repairing the world) and Achvat Amim (Solidarity of Nations).


- Volunteer doing grassroots work with leading Israeli human rights organizations
- Live in Jerusalem, a city of diversity, conflict, and beauty
- Build Jewish community and shape a collective culture
- Develop leadership and community organizing skills by taking responsibility for Tikkun Olam on the ground Learn Hebrew and Arabic
- Make lifelong connections with Israelis, Palestinians and people from all over the world

Haifa University MA in Diplomacy

Program Description

The dynamics of the contemporary, complex, interconnected and highly-charged international environment presents new challenges for scholars, policy analysts and decision makers, both at the global level and in the context of the Middle East. Against this backdrop, the MA Program in Diplomacy Studies is intended to elucidate the role of diplomacy as a main vehicle and mechanism for systematically addressing multilateral issues, which can no longer be effectively dealt with exclusively from a narrow unilateral or bilateral vantage point.
The focus on the role of collaborative diplomatic mechanisms is designed to provide students with new insights, concepts and analytical tools for fully understanding the enhanced functions of diplomacy in this new setting. The program in Diplomacy Studies is primarily intended for practitioners, who are employed in a variety of public and private international, transnational and multilateral organizations, future diplomats, and interested academics abroad and in Israel. At the completion of the program, students will receive an MA in Political Science, with a specialization in Diplomacy Studies.


An important element of the program will be the simulated analysis of concrete diplomatic decision games and action games. In the course of this simulation, the students will experiment with a range of diplomatic (and strategic) concepts, techniques and scenarios in a controlled and structured effort to emulate real-time crisis situations, with emphasis on the mechanisms and tools for mitigating and defusing them.

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