Netzer Year | Masa Israel

Netzer Year

Program Description

The Netzer Year (Shnat Netzer) is an exciting gap year in Israel for recent high school grads where you get to live on a kibbutz, take part in hands-on volunteering in Israeli communities, travel extensively throughout the country, study in Jerusalem, interact with Israelis, and more! The program involves intensive leadership training, Hebrew and Jewish immersion studies, service-learning, and communal living. The mission of Shnat Netzer is to develop leadership within the Netzer and the wider Jewish community while developing participants' understanding of, engagement with and commitment to Netzer's ideology. Through the Shnat Netzer experience we aim to create a Progressive Jewish and Reform Zionist hagshama experience, to develop an ongoing relationship with the land, people and State of Israel and to encourage the personal growth of the participants.

Throughout the program, participants live, volunteer and learn alongside their Netzer peers from around the world. Through our three engaging program components, you'll grow as a person, a leader and a Reform Jew. During the first month of the program, participants live on a kibbutz with the entire group, taking part in Hebrew studies, volunteering, touring, and experiential programs. After this, participants choose between volunteering in a community in northern Israel, or living and working on a Reform kibbutz in the Arava region. During the third section of the program, participants live in Jerusalem, choosing between one of two experiential education programs to learn about Israel, leadership, Judaism, and Zionism in a diverse community of young leaders.


Shnat Netzer helps recent high school graduates develop the skills and knowledge necessary to become leaders in their movement, community and college back home. It offers participants the chance for personal development, opportunities to study Jewish and Zionist ideals, and a structured environment to learn about the Progressive Movement’s principles and ideology. Shnat Netzer is an exciting, challenging and stimulating way to spend a year in Israel.  Participants experience:

   Progressive Judaism and Zionism in practice
   Self-discovery
   Leadership
   Learning Hebrew
   Tikkun Olam and Social Action projects
   Being a part of an international program
   Adventure                
   Excitement
   Independence


Shnat Netzer broadens the horizons and offers an opportunity for self-discovery and what it means to be Jewish and live in Israel. Participants form life-long friendships both with peers in the Shnat Netzer group and with other Jews from around the world whom they will meet and live with during the year. The year is spent with participants from all over the world, including South Africa, Australia, North America, Germany, Spain, and England. Together the participants will be able to develop skills and share experiences to help them become experienced and knowledgeable leaders.

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  • Main Subject: Gap Year (Programs)
  • Keywords:
  • Intensive Hebrew Language, International Humanitarian Work, Kibbutz, Social Action / Volunteering 
  • Duration:
  • 9 Months 
  • Age:
  • 17-21 
  • Open to:
  • Co-Ed 
  • Language:
  • English 
  • Religious Affiliation:
  • Reform 
  • Organizer:
  • Netzer Olami 
  • Program appears on grant application as:
  • Netzer Year 
  • Price:
  • $ 19000 
  • Accommodation:
  • Included 
  • Meals:
  • Included 
  • Program Dates:
  • January 31,2017 - November 09,2017  Apply to this program