Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies

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Program Description

The Pardes Year/Semester Program offers you the opportunity to delve deeply into Jewish ideas, texts and personal questions - empowering you to make Judaism your own. You'll come away with skills, knowledge and inspiration under your belt, a lifelong community of passionate peers and mentors, and the life-changing experience of living and learning in vibrant, fascinating Jerusalem.

 

Open to university graduates and attracting a diverse cohort, the Year/Semester Program combines classic Jewish text study with the exploration of ethical, spiritual, philosophical, legal and societal issues facing the Jewish people today. Students leave Pardes with refined critical thinking, improved communication and interpersonal skills, and more nuanced and sensitive perspectives on Judaism, Israel and their own role in the world.

 

Students participate in seminar-style classes and havruta (partner study), and create a tailored program to reflect their interests.

 

Click here to meet current and former Pardes students.

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Highlights

Classes include Talmud, Bible, Jewish Philosophy, Gender and Sexuality, and more, including the following Specialty Tracks:


-Social Justice

-Self, Soul & Text

-Judaism & Conflict Resolution

-Ikarim (Essentials)

 

Pardes also offers training for current and future Jewish experiential educators and classroom teachers, including graduate degree and certificate options: www.pardes.org.il/pcje

 

For a taste of dynamic community life at Pardes, click here.

 

In addition to opportunities to explore Israel, Pardes offers international travel opportunities, including organized trips to Germany and Turkey.

 

For more information, contact:


North America
Jenna King Brill (Pardes '12-'13)
Assistant Director of Recruitment, North America
(212) 447-4333
jenna@pardes.org
 
Israel & International
Erika Dahan
Associate Director of Recruitment, Israel
+972 2 673 5210 (ext 230)
erika@pardes.org.il

 
 

Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv-Jaffa

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Program Description

Volunteer or intern for 5 or 10 months and learn about the issues facing Israeli society, on the only post-college program with Israeli participants in the group. Work with refugees from Darfur and Eritrea, Arab-Jewish coexistence, and much more. Learn Hebrew, travel around Israel and get to know the country and society better than you ever thought possible.
 
Tikkun Olam's Coexistence Track seeks to build mutual understanding between Jews and Arabs in the diverse communities of Jaffa through volunteer work and education, and by focusing locally on the issues facing Jews and Arabs in Israel today. The Social Action Track will immerse you in the multicultural communities of southern Tel Aviv in which you volunteer and study, offering a first-hand perspective into the struggling neighborhoods of South Tel Aviv.
 
The new Internship Track will enable you to gain valuable career experience in the non-profit sector, while making a difference for Israel's disadvantaged populations and learning about the complex issues facing Israeli society. 
 

For more information, contact:

Shana Feld

Director of Admissions

tikkunolam@bina.org.il

+972-58-7336788

 

 

 

Bais Yaakov Levavi

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Program Description

Bais Yaakov Levavi is the realization of our belief that every young woman who dedicates a year to Limud HaTorah and spiritual refinement is entitled to a learning experience of the highest academic standard. Bais Yaakov Levavi offers a program of study that goes beyond the ordinary. Our study sessions and classes are designed to challenge our students intellectually and nurture them spiritually. Textual ability and analytical skills are honed together with constant awareness that Torah is the gateway to Ahava and Yirah and "Talmud Mevi Lidei Ma'aseh." 
 
We expose our students to the multiplicity of Torah and give them the confidence to navigate a Torah-true path. Consistent with our belief in excellence for all, we have included a skill-strengthening track so that any student with a desire to learn can find her place in our school. Bais Yaakov Levavi sees the composition of the student community as a crucial catalyst for successful spiritual development. While Bais Yaakov Levavi students stem from diverse academic backgrounds, they are unanimous in their total commitment to Torah observance and their aspirations to spiritual growth and fulfillment. The prospective Bais Yaakov Levavi student is someone who is sincerely committed to Mitzvah observance and has a genuine desire to advance in both learning and spirituality.
 

Me'ohr Bais Yaakov

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Program Description

Me’ohr Bais Yaakov Teachers Seminary (founded in 1999) is an intensive study program for recent graduates of Bais Yaakov high schools. Me’ohr focuses on in-depth study of Jewish learning and philosophy while emphasizing lessons that are practical and applicable to everyday Jewish life.
 
In addition to religious studies, students take courses in education that include methodology and classroom management, as well as classes on child development and education. These studies prepare our students for teaching in Jewish schools throughout the world.
 
Me’ohr is known for its warm environment in which student-teacher relationships are encouraged and fostered. Me’ohr provides full room and board, as well as tiyulim and Shabbatonim throughout the year.
 

Yahel Social Change

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Program Description

The Yahel Social Change Program combines hands-on volunteer work with in-depth learning and immersion in a local Israeli neighborhood. Two locations are now available; Work with the Arab-Israeli community in Lod, or the Ethiopian-Israeli community in Ramat Eliyahu, Rishon LeZion. Yahel partners with local grassroots organizations working in the fields of empowerment, community development and education. 

As a participant, you’ll have the opportunity to work in local schools, youth centers, nonprofit organizations and community gardens and learn about important social justice issues such as minorities in Israel, community activism, relations between secular and religious populations, refugee and asylum seekers, and more.

 

For more information, contact:

Nina Wanerman
Digital Media and Recruitment Coordinator
+972-54-877-7586
 
The Yahel Social Change Program is highly subsidized, reducing the program fee to as little as $1000 for eligible participants, which includes coverage of your round-trip flight.

 

 

Gvahim Young Leaders

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Program Description

The Gvahim Young Leaders program offers its participants the opportunity to live a rewarding experience in the "Start-Up Nation." This program offers the participants a high-quality internship, an ulpan, professional mentoring, meetings with professional leaders, visits of leading universities, companies and incubators.
 
After being accepted though a written application process and a phone interview, you will be placed in a company in your sector for a 5-month internship.
 

Tel Aviv University International MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

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Program Description

English is the global language learned and taught in most countries around the world. As such, there is a growing demand for well-trained TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) experts with professional knowledge in English language teaching, curriculum planning, designing online programs for English learning, language testing and assessment, and more.
 
The M.A. in TESOL at Tel Aviv University is taught in English by distinguished professors of the Language Education program in the School of Education and consists of two interrelated components: academic studies in the field of English language teaching, and teaching internships in Israeli schools and institutions of higher education. Students receive close personal guidance and professional support in both university studies and in school practice. In addition, students participate in intensive Hebrew language studies (Ulpan). Graduates are awarded a Master of Arts degree in TESOL,which enables them to work in a wide variety of positions in the field including instruction and administration, textbook and test development, professional training and more.
 

For more information, contact:

 
 

Real Life Israel - Intern Jerusalem / Tel Aviv

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Program Description

Top Israel Interns offers a five month immersion and interning program in both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. The program includes Hebrew learning, country-wide tours and local activities in addition to your choice in top level internships. The program is designed to give you an authentic experience of life in Israel. 
 
RLI TEL AVIV
Tel Aviv, Israel’s second largest city, is known as the “City that never sleeps”. The beach-side urban center is cosmopolitan, modern and vibrant. 
Tel Avis was the first modern city to be built in Israel and is very much the country’s economic and cultural center. The city hosts a rich night life, and residents and tourists alike attend nightclubs, bars and open-air cafes until the early hours of the morning. 
 
The metropolis is home to a world-class art and architecture scene, and a diverse range of entertainment venues and festivals. 
Interning in Tel Aviv will give you the opportunity to be part of Israel’s melting-pot of innovation, while enjoy¬ing the hustle and bustle of living in the most liberal city in the Middle East!
 
RLI JERUSALEM
Experience what it’s like to work in the heart of Israel’s capital city, and live in one of Jerusalem’s most historic and charming neighborhoods. Only minutes away from the Old City and famous Machane Yehuda marketplace, you will live in a trendy community of students, and artists, and experience the buzzing nightlife and authentic Israeli atmosphere. 
 
Interning in Jerusalem will offer you varied opportunities to grow and explore both socially and professionally. While living in the hub of Israel’s political and commercial scene you will have access to an endless array of specialized internship placements, and the chance to delve into Israel’s magnificent history, explore it’s hidden treasures, and completely immerse yourself in
 
INTERNSHIPS
Internships are set up in the top companies as relevant to your chosen field. Whether you choose to tackle the fields that have labeled Israel a world leader such as technology, medicine or archeology or you would prefer to work with top executives in other fields we will insure that each individual is placed accordingly. Past interns have enjoyed the opportunity to work with leading businesses, companies & organizations such as The Israel Museum, The Hebrew University, Hadassah Hospital, The Jerusalem Post and The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.
 
Top Israel Interns is not limited in its choice of businesses and participants will find their placement to be the most beneficial for their chosen profession. Join Real Life Israel NOW and give yourself the opportunity to gain marketable experience and valuable insight into Israel while contributing to a field that you are passionate about.
 
For more information, contact:
Gavriella Bigio or Joanna Pilowsky
1-855-627-2754 or 1855 MASA RLI
(p):972-74-715-0132
 

 

 

Bnei Akiva - Amichai

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Program Description

Bnei Akiva Amichai Amlat is an experiential program which combines a leadership, Jewish studies, Hebrew language, work in a Kibbutz, and Army/MDA experience. The program is meant for young Jewish boys and girls who are looking for a Jewish traditional program.
 

Tzofim - Garin Tzabar

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Program Description

Garin Tzabar is a unique program, founded in 1991 and run by Tzofim Tzabar Olami, with the support of the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption, The Prime Minister of Israel's office, The Social Security Department, The Jewish Agency For Israel and Masa Israel Journey. Garin Tzabar members are Jewish Americans and children of Israelis living in the Diaspora who choose to move to Israel and serve in the IDF. Upon their arrival in Israel, the group is adopted by the Israel Scouts and placed in a hosting kibbutz, whichquickly becomes their home away from home throughout the duration of their army service.
 
Garin Tzabar creates a group framework of guidance and support for young Jews and Israelis living abroad who choose to return to Israel or make Aliyah for the first time in order to serve a full and meaningful service in the IDF. This is done by a mental and emotional preparation process that starts in the countries of origin and continues with their arrival to Israel and their absorption into the Kibbutzim, Israeli society and through the processes of military pretrial recruitment. The core of the program is carried out during their military service where they continue to live as a group and receive from the group constant guidance and support.
 
 
Garin Tzabar main office in NY -
•  garininfo@israelscouts.org / Garin@israelscouts.org
•  (p): +1.212.339.8130 X304/5  ) 
 
Garin Tzabar main office in Europe:

 

Highlights

The Preparation Process
In this initial stage, the prospective Garin members meets for preparation seminars throughout the year to discuss and reflect on issues pertaining to the move to Israel, including study of the cultural, political and social characteristics of Israel and a thorough introduction to the IDF and its social role in Israeli society. Each individual is encouraged to undergo a personal process of maturation towards moving to Israel and joining the IDF.
 
The Absorption Process in Israel
The first three months in Israel are dedicated to absorption in the kibbutz, Hebrew Ulpan studies (for those who need supplementary Hebrew studies) and handling of all the bureaucratic issues of absorption in Israel and the IDF.
 
Service in the IDF
Upon joining the army, each Garin member follows his/her individual path within the IDF system. The Garin continues to exist as a support group and members continue to meet in the kibbutz over weekends, during the holidays and on time off from the army. All Garin staff--both from the kibbutz and from the Israel Scouts, continue to work with all members throughout their army service period. Additional seminars and programs are designed and implemented to maintain the framework of the Garin.