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Eco-Israel

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Program Description

Eco-Israel offers Jewish young adults the opportunity to embrace permaculture and sustainable living through intensive hands-on experience and coursework on an organic farm. Upon completion of the program, you will receive an internationally recognized certificate in permaculture design. Based at the Hava & Adam Eco-Educational farm in Modi’in (located halfway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv) Eco-Israel allows you to explore how ecology, Judaism, and Israel blend together in a working model of a self-sustaining ecological community.
 

 
The Hava & Adam Eco-Educational Farm is completely dependent upon the energy, creative resources, and time of its residents. All members of the farm, including a group of young Israelis on a year of service, share responsibility in running the site and making it their home. As a large family, you will cook with your fellow residents eat together and work alongside them.
 
 
For more information, contact:
Israel: +972-54-6773891
 
 
  • Main Subject: Experiential Programs, Eco Studies
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  • Keywords:
  • Environmentalism, Nutrition/Wellness 
  • Duration:
  • 5 Months 
  • Age:
  • 18-30 
  • Open to:
  • Co-Ed 
  • Language:
  • English 
  • Religious Affiliation:
  • Unaffiliated 
  • Organizer:
  • Hava & Adam 
  • Program appears on grant application as:
  • Eco-Israel 
  • Accommodation:
  • Included 
  • Meals:
  • Included 
  • Program Dates:
  • February 18,2018 - July 19,2018, MODI'IN ILLIT, $6900   Apply to this program

FOUR MONTHS HAVE PASSED">FOUR MONTHS HAVE PASSED

Posted January 3rd, 2018
by Sophie Stepakoff, Eco Israel 
 
12/22/17. A little over a month to go living this incredibly ecological lifestyle on my farm. In one of the bathroom stalls -which are compost toilets for a refresher- on the door, there are many pictures and stickers, cut outs from magazines and artwork. Among them I found a quote written by a farm member in 2014. It goes, “You get this feeling when you leave a place. Like you’ll not only miss the people, but you’ll miss the person that you are at that time and that place, because you’ll never be that way ever again.” When I read the quote for the first time it took a while to sink in and is still sinking in. It’s true. 
I am not the same person as I was when I was studying in school, when I was rowing, when I was working at Camp Barney over the summer (a Jewish sleep-away camp in north Georgia), when I was coming home to my parents each night. I miss these parts of me, these stages. Of course they live within me and have made me who I am today. It’s easy to glorify the past or at least look back on it with nostalgia I think. (My AP Lit teacher told me not to start sentences with “It,” sorry Mr Fleenor
 

Hanukkah Break">Hanukkah Break

Posted January 3rd, 2018

by Heather Hammerling, MITF Netanya

Over Hanukkah break, I had the amazing opportunity to show my mom around Israel! She flew in for 10 days, even though it went by quickly-she had a great time and I loved having her here.
 
We started in Netanya, and stayed at Hotel Margoa. It's a great hotel right near the beach and the city center. The price was great and you get a free breakfast buffet with your stay, so we were pretty happy! During our time in Netanya, she got to meet my roommates and my host teacher. We spent our two days walking along the beautiful promenade, relaxing at the beach and enjoying the gorgeous December weather in Israel.
 
After our time in Netanya, we went to Tel Aviv. We rented an Air BnB in an amazing location, and made that our home base for the rest of her visit. We were located on Nahalat Binyamin Street- right near the Carmel Market, great restaurants and the beach. Staying in Tel Aviv with my mom was so much fun! During our time in Tel Aviv we went to the Carmel Market, Old Jaffa, and Sarona Market. My mom and I both love to walk and eat, and Tel Aviv is a great city to do both. We spent a lot of time exploring the city by foot, admiring the street art and checking out the different flea markets and street vendors in the area. We did not have one bad meal, some of our favorite dining experiences were the following:
 
The Old Man and the Sea- we went to the Old Jaffa Port location. As soon as you sit down they serve you 22 different types of salads on small plates. They also serve you house made lemonade and refill your salads unless you tell them not to. We ordered the catch of the day as our main course, which came out as a whole fish served over vegetables. The service, the view and the food were just perfect. I would recommend going there with more than just one person, since it is SO much food. 
Manta Ray- this is a beautiful beach front restaurant. We had a later lunch and saw the sunset as we were finishing. The food and atmosphere are amazing. It is a bit fancier/pricier-but well worth it!
Hummus- I am not sure if this is the real name of the restaurant, but we called it had a sign on the front that said hummus-so we just decided to call it that. This was located on the same street as our apartment and was a Persian/Israeli styled restaurant. They served tons of different hummus dishes, kebabs, and other Persian inspired dishes that were delicious. 
Aside from exploring Tel Aviv-we did a day trip to Masada/Dead Sea with TouristIsrael and spent another day in Jerusalem. Our Masada and the Dead Sea trip was so much fun, and the tour group we went with did a great job. Our Jerusalem trip was also amazing, we signed up for a free 2 hour walking tour with Sandemans and got a great lunch and dinner while in Jerusalem (of course). 
 
Even though I didn't leave Israel for my Hanukkah break, having my mom come visit made it feel like a vacation. I felt like a tourist all over again, and her appreciation for the beauty of this country made me fall in love with it all over again. Sometimes you just need family time! 
 
School is back in full swing and our next long break won't come until Passover at the end of March! I am looking forward to celebrating Christmas and New Years in Israel this year, and continuing to explore this amazing country!
 
Below are some pictures of my adventures with mom :)
 
  
 
Read More in Heather's blog Sunshine In The City 
 

Getting ready to travel">Getting ready to travel

Posted December 17th, 2017

by Rebecca Gutman, MITF (Bat Yam)

 

Well the last couple weeks we have certainly been kept busy. Lots of teaching and seeing the children reach new milestones in their reading.

 

We did a review the other day of everything they had learnt so far and it was amazing at how much they remembered. It was a little bit of a slow start for them but now they are picking it up as fast as we are putting down.

 

The schools here do is safety day. Basically, for a week the students go over road safety and talk about police and paramedics.

 

Then at our school there was a period where the police and paramedics were brought in to show what they do. They gave some pretty exhilarating demonstrations for the students. Some of the pupils also got to dress in full SWAT gear to see how it feels.

 

Something really cool that has gone on the last couple of days is Yom HaMorah (or teacher’s appreciation day). This isn’t something we have back home but it is basically a day dedicated to the hard work the teacher’s here put in for their students. On Sunday, our school invited us to attend a dinner in honour of the teachers. It was such a fun experience to see our co-workers outside of school. It was such a relaxed and fun atmosphere.

 

They had a slideshow where they secretly asked family members to right something for each of the teacher’s and include a picture. It was really sweet, they did one for us as well. They also had a comedian come in. As you know there have been some construction issues at my school, so they made light of the situation. It was so nice to see everyone let loose and just laugh at themselves. Also, this was all done in Hebrew, and Marni and I held our own…

 

After the comedy show it was time for dessert and DANCING! We had a lot of fun letting loose and I’ve learned that not much changes once you leave Bar/Bat Mitzvah age. You still gather in a circle and dance with each other, and shove people into the middle to show off their moves.

 

On Monday, it was the in-school appreciation day. The school had set up a red carpet for the teachers to walk where they were awarded a medal of honour. For the morning, there was no school for the first 2 periods. The parents came to supervise the students while the teachers got a morning of food, fun and relaxation. All the parents brought in breakfast and pastries for the teachers. There was also hair braiding, manicures and massages!

 

Tonight, is the first night of Hanukah which means for the last couple of weeks we have been feasting on Suffganiot and Latkes galore.

 

What this also means is that we have a school break, which means travel time for me! So right now, as I’m writing this I am also packing my bags to get ready to leave super early in the morning (I’m talking 3am early). I won’t spoil my destinations. It just means you have to keep checking in here.

 

 

 

Read more from Rebecca’s blog Teaching Abroad 101

 

DAY 96. Erica Weiner, MITF (Beit She'an)">DAY 96. Erica Weiner, MITF (Beit She'an)

Posted December 17th, 2017

My lesson this week is all about Hanukkah! I made a great poster! I had 5th and 4th grade lessons today. We discussed how I celebrate Hanukkah in the States with my family and how they celebrate in Beit She’an with their family. It was interesting trying to tell them that I usually say “nes gadol haya sham” (a big miracle happened there) while they say “nes gadol haya po” (a big miracle happened here). It was a bit of a confusing concept for them. Eventually they understand that only people in Israel say “here” because that is where the miracle happened! I taught them the English words for doughnuts, potato pancakes (fun fact: latkes is actually Yiddush!), candles, and dreidels (yes, that one is Yiddush). We also made Hanukkah cards to give to their family. I had weaker students during one of my lessons with the 5th grade boys. One of my students didn’t know how to write his name in English but I taught him! He wrote his card to his Mom and Dad, the content is in Hebrew, BUT he was able to sign his card in English so that was amazing. My other student wrote his card to his Grandma. They were both very excited to give them to their family members next week.

So many students told me today that this was the best English lesson they have ever had!

 

I was in such a holiday mood, I went to the grocery store and bought potatoes. I came home and made latkes! They were delicious!

I went to the community center tonight and 14 children came to come cook with me! On tonight’s menu: pizza! A crowd favorite. It was so much fun! The kids all asked if I was coming back tomorrow to teach them something new to make.

Overall, today was a good day.

Read more from Erica's blog - Erica's Journey

 

Neta Huja">Neta Huja

Economist

netah@masaisrael.org