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



Midreshet Bat Tsion

Program Description

This program is conducted in French.


Nativ - Hebrew University Track

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.


Machon Meir - Womens' French Speaking Program

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Betar - Moreshet

Program Description

This program is conducted in French.


Neveh Zion - Tiferes Zion

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Hebrew University - MA in Jewish Studies

Program Description

Offered in conjunction with the Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies.
Who is this program for? 
This program is designed for students who wish to study Jewish culture and sources from an interdisciplinary perspective, whether they are recent college graduates interested in the field of Jewish studies or Ph.D. candidates who wish to enrich their knowledge, research skills and experience by studying at the Hebrew University while living in Jerusalem.  
Students will enjoy a learning experience in small classes with experts in the field as well as be able to use the Hebrew University's academic resources, such as the National Library on the Edmond J. Safra Campus, Givat Ram.  
The program covers Jewish culture and history from its beginnings to Modern times, and is divided into two main periods: from Ancient to early Medieval times and from Medieval to Modern times. Courses are offered in textual studies, history, philosophy, and culture, and include study tours in Jerusalem (see sample of courses below). Language instruction is offered in Modern Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew, Akkadian, Greek, and Literary and Colloquial Arabic. 
Special track: Religious Studies
Students who choose to pursue this option will follow a core curriculum in Jewish Studies but focus a significant portion of their electives in Religious Studies courses.

Hebrew University - MA in Jewish Education

Program Description

The study program focuses on the following general areas:
o Social Sciences, Jewish Identity, and Informal Education
o Philosophy of Jewish Education
o Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry 
o Study programs with Jewish content
o Management and Innovation
There are also three other concentrations of study: 
o Israel Studies 
o Jewish Studies
o Informal Education
Students with a good knowledge of Hebrew may also take graduate-level courses taught in Hebrew through the Melton Centre for Jewish Education, as well as elective graduate courses offered in the faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences.  
In addition to the formal program, students are invited to participate in the wide variety of events and programs offered by the Melton Centre, including seminars, forums, and conferences, as well as personally interacting with members of the Melton faculty. 

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.

Or Vishua - Shnat Yeshiva

Program Description

This program is conducted in French.

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