Educational Experiences in Israel
Spend the most thrilling summer of your life travelling the entire country. Get your hands dirty learning about alternative solutions to environmental and ecological issues. Earn high school or college credit through learning and living on a kibbutz. Travel to Prague, Poland, and Spain to see first-hand how Israel has been shaped by Jewish history around the world. Engage in grassroots Jewish-Muslim and Arab-Israeli dialogue to explore conflict resolution. Connect peer-to-peer with Israelis and learn about their lives from the source. And the list goes on…
NFTY in Israel
Ages: Entering grades 10,11, 12
Length: 4, 5 or 6 ½ weeks every summer | Dates vary by program, visit website for exact dates.
Websites: www.nftyisrael.org | www.facebook.com/nftyisrael | twitter.com/nftyisrael| | Instagram.com/nftyisrael
NFTY in Israel summer tours are for current high school students. There are currently three trip options:
NFTY Adventure (4 weeks): A unique and challenging journey through the entire land of Israel. See ancient Jerusalem, celebrate in modern Tel Aviv, travel to the beautiful Galilee and see the stunning Negev Desert. Climb Masada, ride a camel, float in the Dead Sea, and go snorkeling among the Red Sea's coral reefs. Spend a week living with Israeli teens, earn community service hours volunteering in hands-on projects, take part in an archaeological dig, hike and mountain bike from the Sea of Galilee to the Mediterranean, and learn about the Israeli Defence Forces as you live and train on a real army base.
NFTY L'dor V'dor (5 weeks): Beginning in Prague, Krakow, and Warsaw to experience the epic journey of the Jewish people from Prague and Poland to Israel. Learn about the rich yet precarious story of the Jewish People's history in Europe and forge a personal connection to the people and history. Then, fly to Israel and embark on the four week NFTY Adventure in Israel (see itinerary highlights above).
NFTY-EIE High School in Israel Summer Session (6 ½ weeks): The ultimate Israel experience that combines touring of Israel and the experience of living on a Kibbutz, all while earning high school credit. The Summer Session is an opportunity for students who want the incredible EIE experience, but are not able to spend a full fall or spring semester in Israel. While residing at NFTY's EIE campus on Kibbutz Tzuba in the Judean Hills near Jerusalem, students receive full academic credit for two semesters of Jewish history, one semester of Hebrew and one semester of physical education.
For NFTY-EIE, please see the info below.
NFTY High School in Israel - Eisendrath International Experience
The NFTY High School in Israel - Eisendrath International Experience (EIE) is a semester-long program for Reform Jewish high school students in grades 10-12. EIE offers an unparalleled opportunity to spend four months or six and a half weeks in the summer immersed in the richness of the land, culture, people and history of Israel. Full high school credit is available in spring, fall, and summer semesters.
Netzer Year is an exciting gap year in Israel for recent high school grads in which participants 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.
Throughout the program, participants live, volunteer and learn alongside young Reform Jews from around the world. 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.
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URJ Kesher Taglit-Birthright Israel
Length: Ten days | Summer (May-September) and Winter (December-March)
Websites: www.gokesher.org | www.facebook.com/gokesher | gokesher.org/alumni/news | twitter.com/gokesher | instagram.com/gokesher
URJ Kesher an official provider of 10-day Taglit-Birthright Israel trips. The all-expenses paid program is open to anyone who is Jewish, 18-26, and who has not been to Israel on a peer program longer than 3 months. URJ Kesher brings you to all of Israel's most famous sites: Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, the Dead Sea, the Galilee, and everywhere in between! Participants will also experience Israel's off-the-beaten path charm - bonfires on the beach, a sunrise from the top of Masada, and an evening under the stars in the Negev Desert. Each trip is joined by a group of local Israeli peers creating a perfect opportunity to make cross-cultural connections.
Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv-Jaffa
A volunteer program for college graduates that focuses on pluralism, coexistence, social justice, Jewish learning and Hebrew/Arabic study. With significant funding, the program can be as cheap as $500 for ten months! Participants will be engaged in true social justice as they work with the Jewish & Arab-Israeli communities in the Tel Aviv-Jaffa area. One of the only long-term programs in Israel in which Israelis also take part in alongside North Americans and participants from around the world.
Peace, Justice, and the Environment at Kibbutz Lotan
Kibbutz Lotan runs short and long-term programs for university students and graduates: the Green Apprenticeship, a hands-on Jewish environmental sustainability program, and Peace, Justice & the Environment, an international development program that teaches about social justice and environmental solutions for international problems. Both programs offer the option of college credit, and generous scholarships are available.