Nativ - Hebrew University Track

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Program Description

Nativ is a challenging academic year program dedicated to creating and inspiring the Conservative Jewish leaders of tomorrow. Nativ, which means “path” in Hebrew, provides its participants with a unique opportunity to explore new directions on the journey to becoming a Jewish adult. From September to May, Nativ participants are immersed in the rich and diverse society of Israel, exploring the land and enjoying a fulfilling Conservative Jewish lifestyle. The program includes academic university classes, intensive Hebrew classes and innovative leadership training. Nativ enables recent high school graduates to earn college credits for their studies while living in a classroom without walls.

A year of true exploration, Nativ provides the freedom for personal discovery as well as the security of a carefully structured program. This unforgettable experience is created through an intricate balance between academics and volunteer work, learning and teaching, personal challenge and community living. Participants on Nativ return from the year with a stronger attachment to the land of Israel as well as a deeper passion for Judaism, enthusiastic to share with their North American communities what they have learned.

 

Masa Israel Teaching Fellows - Bina Merchavim

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Program Description

Masa Israel Teaching Fellows Bina is a program designed to close the achievement gap within Israel’s education system, as well as provide equal learning opportunities for both Jewish and Arab youth alike. 

 

On Masa Israel Teaching Fellows Bina you will spend 25-30 hours a week working as an English teaching assistant in a local elementary or middle school, whose educational systems traditionally lag behind those in better-off areas of Israel. Additionally, you will volunteer 5 hours a week outside the classroom, in an organization of your choosing within the community. Masa Israel Teaching Fellows Bina gives you the opportunity to work with many diverse populations of Israel. 

 

Through Masa Israel Teaching Fellows Bina you will get to participate in a 60 hour teacher-training course taught by Israel’s Ministry of Education, Ulpan (Hebrew learning) classes to help you learn the language and really immerse yourself into Israeli society, as well as weekly enrichment classes focused on co-existence and social justice.

 

Israel Teaching Fellows is highly subsidized by Israel’s Ministry of Education and Masa Israel allowing the cost of the program to only be $1,000 including living accommodations, flight-reimbursement, and a monthly stipend. 

 

Highlights

Our ITF Cities 
 
 
Rahat 
 
Rahat is the first and largest Bedouin city in Israel. The Arab Bedouin of the Negev are a traditionally nomadic people who have become mostly sedentarized in the last 100 years. Founded in the late '70s, Rahat is populated by more than 33 Bedouin tribes from the Negev desert region. Known as "the city of children" with 60% of its population under the age of 18 Rahat and the surrounding Bedouin villages are going through a period of change and modernization with the new generation asking what it means to be Bedouin in the 21st century. While Rahat is a modern city boasting a Bedouin market, bustling commercial center with restaurants and businesses and many mosques, it still retains a uniquely Bedouin feel. 
 
Just 15 minutes from Be'er Sheva, the capital of the Negev and 45 minutes by train from Tel Aviv, Rahat is located at the beginning of the Negev Desert with stunning nature and scenery surrounding it. Rahat is a culturally unique city with a warm and inviting community famous for their hospitality. This unique ITF program is partnered with the Bedouin-Jewish organization A New Dawn in the Negev, an organization dedicated to promoting equality, coexistence and peace among all residents of the Negev, as well as elevating educational standards. 
 
 
 
Nazareth 
 
As the largest Arab city in Israel, Nazareth has a deep history dating back thousands of years. Today, it is a vibrant center of Arab-Israeli life as well as a window into the authentic Middle Eastern spirit. As an ITF Fellow in Nazareth,you'll have the opportunity to explore this vibrant city and its rich history, while serving its population of Arab citizens of Israel. 
 
 
 
Migdal Ha’emek 
 
On the other hand, Migdal Ha’Emek is home to a variety of underserved Jewish populations, including recent immigrants from Ethiopia, the Former Soviet Union, North Africa and South America. The town was founded in the 1950s as a ma'abara–a settlement camp for the Middle Eastern and North African Jewish immigrants who poured into Israel shortly after Independence. As a town whose origins comprise of groups of people looking to build a new life in Israel, Migdal Ha’emek is faced with many societal challenges, which provides ITF fellows with a rewarding opportunity to make a difference. 
 
 

MITF French - Israel Experience

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Program Description

This program is conducted in French.

 

Kol Ami France

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Program Description

This program is conducted in French.

 

Oranim College - Zika - Training for Jewish Educators from Brazil

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Program Description

Academic program for educators, intended for Formal and Non-formal Education.Focus on Education, Judaism, and Israel and Hebrew studies.
This program is conducted in Portuguese and Spanish.

 

Mitzpeh Bagalil

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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.
 
 

Masa Bedouin Coexistence Fellows

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Program Description

Volunteer in the Bedouin communities of Israel promoting coexistence, peace and education through English.  Take part in different programs and initiatives throughout the Bedouin city of Rahat including working in schools, with at-risk youth, students from unrecognized villages and women's groups. Get hands-on experience in the non-profit that builds and launches many of Rahat's social programs, A New Dawn in the Negev. Receive professional teacher training and project mentor-ship, take Arabic and Hebrew language courses, attend seminars, as well as meet and work alongside politicians, officials and professors. 
 
During your fellowship you’ll get the chance to exchange culture with Bedouin youth and learn about their traditions. Immerse yourself in the Arabic and Hebrew language, spend the Jewish holidays or a Shabbat meal with a host family, visit sites holy to three major religions and experience the warmth of the Israel people and the beauty of the Jewish homeland.  Live, learn and make a difference with other like minded global change makers while discovering yourself and Israel.  
 
The Bedouin Coexistence Fellows is the only program that invites you into the Bedouin community and utilizes your background to build meaningful programs for Israel's youth. Open to all high level English speakers.
 
Subsidized in partnership with the Jewish Agency and the government of Israel eligible participants pay $3,300 or less, and the program covers, accommodations, activities, travel seminars, insurance and more for 4.5 months.
 

Jadshanut

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Program Description

This program is conducted in Spanish, in Portuguese and in Hebrew.

 

Nativ Oranim Masa MA

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Program Description

This program is conducted in Russian.

 

JTS Rabbinal School

Program Description

A new format for our rabbinical and cantorial students in Israel will use a trimester system to provide three discrete types of study:
 
1) Land and Language Immersion Lab in Merkaz Tzippori, Jerusalem Forest.
 
2) Beit Midrash learning in the Schocken Institute, our campus in central Jerusalem.
 
3) University study for our rabbinical students.
 
Cantorial students will choose between participating in our Kesher Hadash program for Israel education and joining the rabbinical students for Judaica classes at the Schechter Institute. All of our students will participate in a year long experiential program and be assigned to an internship with a Masorti congregation. The first stage will include an intensive Hebrew ulpan (with an optional JTS Jumpstart Israel summer component). Evening Hebrew language courses will continue into the second trimester; the third trimester will involve Hebrew as language of learning and instruction. In this way the students will be immersed in Hebrew culture and Israeli community for the entire year,and will also experience three discrete models of learning to ensure a rich and fulfilling experience in Israel.