Aardvark Israel - Selah

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Program Description

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
- Israeli Military Track, including Marva basic training in the Israeli Army
- Nepal Cultural Exchange

Highlights

- 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

 

Midreshet Bat Tsion

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Program Description

This program is conducted in French.

 

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.

 

Betar - Moreshet

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Program Description

This program is conducted in French.

 

Hebrew University - MA in Jewish Studies

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Program Description

The Department of Jewish Studies at the University of Haifa is excited to introduce a new international Jewish Studies MA program in Jewish history, philosophy and thought. The course offers a comprehensive combination of Judaic studies that weaves together Biblical and Talmudic Studies, Jewish History, Philosophy and Mysticism. The course’s focus extends from the Biblical to Modern era, and is taught by experts in the fields of Biblical studies, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Early and Late Antiquity, the Middle Ages, early Modern and Modern Jewish History and Thought. Our parallel Hebrew-language program draws over two-hundred students annually and we are now happy to be able to offer it to students from around the world.

Highlights

Track A – with thesis

Track B – non-thesis

 

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.
 

Or Vishua - Shnat Yeshiva

Program Description

This program is conducted in French.

 

Machon Bina

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Program Description

The Machon Bina program is designed around the students – providing an environment where each can further develop her unique self and strengthen her identity and commitment to a life guided by Torah and Chasidus. It is the details and the nuances of the Machon Bina program that fosters this growth - classroom learning (discussions, text based, small group learning and other modalities of adult learning) and hands-on/ minds-on projects. Through this blend of learning and projects, the girls will gain deep and meaningful insights into life as Chabad women and hone their strengths and learn new skills for living a full and purposeful life. The Machon Bina program will help them develop the mindsets and tools for life – as a woman, wife, mother, and Shlucha, or wherever life takes them.
 
 

Binyan Olam - Girls Program

Program Description

This program is conducted in Spanish.

 

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.