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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
- Entrepreneurship Track
- Law and Government Track
- 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
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!
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
This program is conducted in French.
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.
This program is conducted in French.