Young Judaea Year Course

Program Description

 
YOUNG JUDAEA YEAR COURSE!THE #1 GAP YEAR PROGRAM IN ISRAEL CELEBRATING ITS 60th YEAR!

 

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

 

HOW IT WORKS


JERUSALEM ACADEMIC SEMESTER
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.

 

BAT YAM VOLUNTEERING SEMESTER

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!

 

SPECIAL INTEREST MONTH

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

Highlights

 

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

 

 

Mitzpeh Bagalil

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Program Description

Mitzpeh BaGalil is a ten-month, intensive enrichment program designed for high school graduates from North America and Europe, but open to applicants from around the world.

A typical week in the Mitzpeh BaGalil program includes:  Formal study of the Hebrew language, Israeli history, and Torah (in a modern context); group discussion; social activism; exploration and touring; and informal social interactions with the Hannaton Mechina participants and Hannaton kibbutz member families.

Why choose to spend your gap year at Hannaton? 
Our Israeli-style gap year program is a pluralistic experience, open to Jews of all denominations and political leanings

Our program structure has an Israeli flavor to it. How?
Through community building, social action, and a significant amount of self-governance while they’re here, participants actively determine the outcome of their experience.

Asked why they chose Hannaton, most current participants say one of two things: First, they wanted to be in close contact and dialogue with Israelis their own age. Parallel to the gap year program, Hannaton runs a pre-army Mechina. The two programs take place on the same campus; meals are often together, as well as some activities and trips. 
Second, Hannaton’s location and experiential programming offer a unique opportunity to interact with a wide spectrum of residents of the region; not just Jews, but local Bedouins, Druze and Muslims, often inside their homes or institutions Through one-on-one exchanges, program participants become intimately familiar with Israel. Graduates return home with a strong network of Israeli friends, their own opinions about the region, the skills to cogently express them to others.

Israeli Security and Diplomacy Shabbaton (Post-College)

Israeli Security and Diplomacy Shabbaton (Post-College)

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

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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)

 

Ben-Gurion University - MA in Israel Studies

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Program Description

The Israel Studies International Program (ISIP) provides students with a comprehensive state-of-the-art background in key subjects and research methods in Israel Studies. The knowledge and skills that students acquire, provides a solid foundation for those intending to pursue doctoral degrees in related fields. The program is aimed at students who wish to acquire a comprehensive understanding of the complexities of Israel and its development. With the highest concentration of Israel studies experts in the world, the Institute aims, through the International MA in Israel Studies, to share its unique insights into the Jewish People’s renewal in its homeland. The program trains its students to be leaders in their own communities – equipped with a high level of knowledge and understanding of Israel’s past and present, and poised to address the needs of the future.
 
A degree in Israel Studies is of value for candidates seeking to enter administrative, diplomatic, civil society, or teaching positions related to Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world.
 

Solidarity of Nations - Achvat Amim

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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), and Achvat Amim (Solidarity of Nations).

 

Find out more: achvatamim.org

 

 

Ruchani Track 

A 5 month experience in Jerusalem for human rights and justice work informed by Torah learning, Jewish values, and practice. 

 

In addition to the core Achvat Amim program of volunteering and learning, this track provides an opportunity for halachically rooted Jewish living and spiritual practice, as well as rigorous and reflective Jewish learning, as a foundation upon which to engage with issues of the conflict, justice work and human rights. 

 

Find out more: achvatamim.org/ruchani

 

Highlights

- 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

 

For more information contact:

 

Daniel Roth, Program Director

Phone: +972 52 832 8595

Email: daniel@achvatamim.org

Website: www.achvatamim.org

 

 

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.

Highlights

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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