Kol Ami

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Program Description

Kol Ami is a leadership 6 months program for Jewish youth - Israelis and Jews from around the world. Its main goal is to form a deep and significant connection between Jewish teenagers from around the world (ages 18-23) and to inspire them into taking responsibility and becoming the future leaders in their communities. The participants are young Jews from Israel and around the world – native Israelis, new olim, tourists, men, women, religious, and secular.
 
In the first 3 months, the spoken language is English and the curriculom is mainly about Jewish leadership, Israel advocacy and Zionism. After 3 months the spoken language changes to Hebrew and there is more of a focus on army preparation and Israeli society. Throughout the program the participants will undergo a process of self development and group dynamics, accompanied by an educational staff that is there for them 24/7.

Highlights

Leadership
Developing leadership abilities and the will to lead and serve as a personal example. The students will discipline themselves Kol Ami – among other things – by running committees and working on individual and group projects.
 
General Studies and Jewish texts
Learning various subjects to enrich the participants' worlds: studies of Jewish texts, Zionism, Leadership and advocacy for Israel. The Participants will develop a personal identity rooted in the philosophies of some of the greatest Israeli and world leaders. the students will become leaders with vision and purpose, possessing the resolve and ability to effect real changes within themselves and within society at large.
 
Volunteering
Acting as part of the Israeli society by intervening and taking responsibility. Building projects that are meant to help those in need and to improve the society. Solidifying with different parts of the Israeli society.
 
Love the land of Israel
getting to know Israel geographically and socially – becoming familiar with all sectors of the population. Engendering the understanding that the pioneer spirit is still very much alive in contemporary Israel.
 
Physical fitness
developing physical fitness and mental stability. Learning about the IDF and its great part in forming the Israeli society and keeping its borders. Learning navigation skills and practices designd especially for those entering the IDF. Self empowerment through coping with physically difficult situations.

The Masa Israel Leadership Summit Fellowship Seminar

The Masa Israel Leadership Summit Fellowship Seminar

April 6, 2014 (All day)  -  April 10, 2014 (All day)

  Israel  - 

Masa Israel Journey’s Leadership Summit participants will be given the opportunity to apply for one of our various fellowships such as: Federation Fellowship, Partnership2Gether Fellowship, Israel Advocacy Fellowship, and more.

Selected participants will be invited for a follow-up seminar that will take place in Jerusalem, which will include practical tools and ideas that will enable you to succeed in your chosen fellowship.

 

 April 6-10, May 15-17

Leadership

Israel Engagement Seminar for Australian and South American Gap-Year Participants

Israel Engagement Seminar for Australian and South American Gap-Year Participants

June 17, 2014 (All day)  -  June 19, 2014 (All day)

  Israel  - 

This seminar is organized in conjunction with communities in Australia and South America. 

150 participants will come together to discuss different ways of connecting to Israel in their first year on campus. Participants will meet campus educators throughout the course of the seminar.

 

June 17 – 19, 2014

Israel Engagement Seminar for Australian and South American Gap-Year Participants

Israel Engagement Seminar for Australian and South American Gap-Year Participants

June 17, 2014 (All day)  -  June 19, 2014 (All day)

  Israel  - 

This seminar is organized in conjunction with communities in Australia and South America. 

150 participants will come together to discuss different ways of connecting to Israel in their first year on campus. Participants will meet campus educators throughout the course of the seminar.

 

June 17 – 19, 2014

Israel Engagement Seminar for Study Abroad Participants

Israel Engagement Seminar for Study Abroad Participants

April 4, 2014 (All day)  -  April 5, 2014 (All day)

  Israel  - 

This seminar is organized together with Hillel International for campus leaders and other students involved in their universities. 

A select group of 50 participants of study abroad programs will take part. Throughout the seminar, participants will meet with educators from Hillels on leading campuses across the United States.

 

April 4 – 5, 2014

Masa Israel Leadership Summit (Post-College)

Masa Israel Leadership Summit (Post-College)

December 15, 2013 (All day)  -  December 19, 2013 (All day)

  Israel  - 

Masa Israel Journey’s Leadership Summit is an intensive, five day learning and skill-building seminar for exceptional participants of Masa Israel programs from around the world. 

The seminar is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to become a strong and active Jewish leader through learning, leadership training, community service and getting involved in your local community. By offering you dynamic and interactive programming and a support network of peers from around the world, Leadership Summit helps you leverage your deep connection with Israel to prepare you for active involvement in Jewish life when you return home.

 

December 15-19, 2013

 

(application due by November 25 – open to participants ages 21 and up)

 

Solidarity of Nations - Achvat Amim

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Program Description

Achvat Amim, which means "solidarity of nations" in Hebrew, is a new 5 month volunteer experience in Jerusalem that directly engages with the reality of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, based on the core value of self-determination for all peoples. Achvat Amim is renewing the conversation on Jewish Peoplehood and Zionism for the 21st century. Together, we build a dynamic learning community in which we explore and shape Jewish culture and identity as individuals and as part of a greater whole, engage with the challenging realities in Israel and the West Bank, and build on the rich history and traditions of which we are a living part.
 
Achvat Amim is a framework for meaningful volunteer work with leading Israeli human rights organizations, including Rabbis for Human Rights, which do grassroots work with Israelis and Palestinians in and around Jerusalem. Achvat Amim focuses on developing practical skills in community development and education through intensive volunteer projects and engaging with social change and human rights movements. The program combines learning programs, outdoor experiences, seminars, and trips around the country with working on real projects with leading human rights organizations.
 
Join us in building a future rooted in the Jewish values of Tzedek (Justice), Shalom (Peace), Tikkun Olam (Repairing the world) and Achvat Amim (Solidarity of Nations).

Highlights

- Volunteer doing grassroots work with leading Israeli human rights organizations
- Live in Jerusalem, a city of diversity, conflict, and beauty
- Build Jewish community and shape a collective culture
- Develop leadership and community organizing skills by taking responsibility for Tikkun Olam on the ground Learn Hebrew and Arabic
- Make lifelong connections with Israelis, Palestinians and people from all over the world
 

Yachad

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Program Description

Yachad Gap Year is the ultimate Israel immersion experience, offering you the opportunity to learn, volunteer and explore Israel in Israeli Mechina programs with Israeli peers.   For more than 20 years, these prestigious programs have been offering amazing experiences for Israeli high school grads, and now you can join them!  And there's a Mechina program for every taste—non-religious, Reform, Orthodox and mixed; and any place in Israel you like.
 
If you're ready to create strong and lasting bonds with Israeli peers—if you're ready to have a deep and meaningful experience that you'll cherish for a lifetime—if you're ready to give back to Israeli society and to the Jewish people—then Yachad Gap Year is for you!
 
Yachad Gap Year represents the following Mechinot:
- Beit Yisrael (Jerusalem)
- BINA (Tel Aviv)
- B'nei David – all-boys Orthodox (Eli)
- Galil Elyon (Upper Galilee)
- HaEmek (Beit She'an Valley, Northern Israel)
- Lachish (Negev Desert, Kibbutz Beit Guvrin)
- Meitzar (Golan Heights, Kibbutz Meitzar)
- Nachshon, Mehina Israelit (Northern Negev Desert)
- Rabin (Kiryat Tivon, near Haifa)
- Telem (Jaffa, Tel Aviv)
- Tzahali – all-girls Orthodox (near Ashkelon)

Highlights

Your year in Yachad consists of Learning, Volunteering, Exploring Israel and Life in the Group:
 
Learning: Each Mechina program has a talented and highly-trained teaching staff that will conduct discussion-based classes on Israeli society, Zionist history, Jewish studies, Jewish identity, philosophy and more.
 
Volunteering: You'll be active in the community where you live, by working in public schools and after school programs, visiting with elderly populations and contributing to the community through special projects.
 
Exploring Israel: Throughout the year you'll have seminars for several days to explore different parts of Israel. And some Mechina programs hike the "Israel Trail," which spans all of Israel from the southern tip of Eilat, all the way to the most northern point of the Galilee.
 
Life in the Group: You'll be part of a self-governing community in the Mechina program that makes all the major decisions governing life in the group.  You'll serve on committees that determine everything from how to divide up the group food budget, to planning trips and seminars, to inviting guest speakers and performers for cultural evenings.
 
Yachad is the ultimate Israel immersion experience, because you're in totally Israeli programs with Israelis your own age the whole time!  You and your Israeli peers govern every aspect of life, from dividing up the group food budget, to planning seminars and trips.  And you can choose between a broad variety of programs, for every level of observance, and in every part of Israel!

 

 

Habonim Dror Workshop

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Program Description

Israel's longest running gap year, Habonim Dror’s Workshop focuses on collective education and dialogue meant to develop your Jewish leadership. As a participant in Workshop, you will actively contribute to the building of peace and social justice in Israel through community volunteerism. You will live collectively in kvutzot (small groups) and travel the country while learning about the diverse history of Israel, the Israeli people, and the Hebrew language.
 
During the first half of the year, you will focus on learning important life skills; you will spend the second half using them in a variety of volunteer placements with Israeli youth. In addition, Workshop offers you the opportunity to visit important historical sites in Poland, witnessing the Holocaust and learning about the role of youth movements in its history.
 

Nativ

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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, Judaic and Yeshiva studies, 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.
 
Cost of the Program including Flight is $24100.
 

For more information, contact:

New York Office
(p): 212-533-7800 ext 1119
(f): 212-353 -9439
nativ@uscj.org
 
Jerusalem Office
(p): 972 2 625 6386

 

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