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North American Headquarters:


Jared Hakimi
Masa Israel Journey North America
633 Third Avenue, Fl. 21
New York, NY 10017
Tel. (212) 339-6986
jaredh@masaisrael.org
www.MasaIsrael.org
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2011-2012
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Notes
Introduction 4 Kibbutz Program Center
iTrack 25
Academic Gap and Freshman Kibbutz Ulpan 26
Year Programs Kibbutz Ulpan Dati 27
Ariel University Center of Samaria KIVUNIM Experiential Learning
ATZil: Engineering and Exact Science 8 KIVUNIM: New Directions 28
Bar Ilan University Menachem Begin Heritage Center
Israel Experience 9 GaP: Government and Politics in Israel 29
Ben Gurion University of the Negev Tzofim Israel Scouts
Freshman Year Abroad 10 Shnat Sherut 30
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Union for Reform Judaism
Freshman/Academic Gap Year Program 11 The Netzer Year 31
Rothberg Academic Partnership Program 12 United Synagogue of
Technion International School Conservative Judaism
of Engineering Nativ Classic 32
Freshman Year of Engineering 13 Nativ Gesher 33
Tel Aviv University World Betar Movement
Fairleigh Dickinson Freshman Year Israel Balev 34
in Israel 14 Israel Sheli 35
Freshman Year Program 15 Israel Sheli Security Program 36
Young Judaea
Year Course: Classic Track 37
Year Course: Athletic Track 38
Traditional Gap Year Programs
Year Course: Business Track 39
Aardvark Israel Immersion Programs
Year Course: Culinary Arts Track 40
Semester Program 17
Year Course: Digital Media Track 41
Year Program 18
Year Course: Medical Track 42
B’nei Akiva
Year Course: Olami Lost
Tafnit North America: Academic Track 19
Jewish Communities 43
Tafnit North America: Leadership Track 20
Year Course: Performing Arts Track 44
Habonim Dror
Year Course: Shalem 45
Maslul Ishi (Personal Path) 21
Year Course: Shevet 46
Workshop HDNA 22
Year Course: Social Action Rwanda 47
Hashomer Hatzair Year Course: Visual Arts Track 48
Shnat Hachshara Gap Year 23
Kibbutz Movement
Israel Challenge 24

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Special Interest Programs Yeshivat Hesder Ma’a lot
Budokan Israel Overseas Program 69
Budokan Martial Arts and Fitness Program 50 Yeshivat Hesder of Petach Tikvah 70
Hava and Adam Eco-Educational Farm Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh
Eco-Israel 51 Overseas Program 71
The Israel Experience Lev HaGolan
Bezalel Art Experience 52 Leadership Yeshiva Academy 72
Magen David Adom Ambulance Yeshivat Lev HaTorah 73
Volunteer Program 53 Meorot Chabad
Rimon Music Experience 54 Yeshiva College of Jewish Studies 74
Jerusalem Culinary Institute Midreshet Lindenbaum
Culinary Arts and Wine Program 55 Darkaynu for Men 75
Patisserie Program 56 Yeshivat Nativ Aryeh
Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company One Year Program 76
Dance Journey 57 One Year Honors Program 77
Lotan Center for Creative Ecology One Year Sephardic Program 78
The Green Apprenticeship Gap Year 58 Ohr Somayach
Peace, Justice and the Environment 59 Derech Institute for Torah Studies 79
Nitzana Educational Community
Desert Sports Challenge 60
Religious Studies Programs
for Women
Religious Studies Programs Ba’er Miriam 81
for Men Beis Chana Safed
Yeshivat Ateret Yerushalayim 62 Beis Chana Safed Chul 82
Yeshivat Binyan Av Beit Hayeled
Shorashenu 63 Midreshet Amit 83
Yeshivat Birkat Moshe Bnot Torah
Overseas Program 64 Sharfman’s Seminary 84
Yeshivat Derech Etz Chaim 65 Darchei Binah
Yeshivat Eretz Hatzvi 66 Women’s School for Advanced Torah 85
Yeshivat Hakotel Emunah v’Omanut
Wohl Torah Center 67 Overseas Program 86
Yeshivat Har Etzion Jerusalem College of Technology
Overseas Program 68 Machon Lustig 87

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Machon Alte 88 Yeshivat Sha’alvim
Machon Shoshanat Yerushalayim 89 Sha’alvim for Women 112
She’arim Sharei Bina
College of Jewish Studies for Women 90 Women’s Center of Jewish Studies 113
Meor HaTorah Shearim
College of Judaic Studies for Women 91 College of Jewish Studies for Women 114
Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim Tiferet Center for Advanced Torah
Academic Program for Women 92 Studies for Women 115
Midreshet B’erot Bat Ayin Tomer Devorah Seminary
Garden of Emuna Program 93 Institute of Advanced Studies
Year/Semester Program 94 for Women 116
Midreshet Devora 95 Yeshivat Etzion
Midreshet Habanot-Ein Hanatziv Migdal Oz: Beit Midrash for Women 117
Yuval Overseas Program 96
Midreshet Eshel Mechina (Preparatory) Programs
Sephardic Women’s Seminary 97 for Israeli Universities
Midreshet HaRova Ariel University Center of Samaria
Overseas Program 98 ATZil Preparatory Program 119
Midreshet Lindenbaum Bar Ilan University
Darkaynu for Women 99 Mechina Program 120
Maria and Joel Finkle Overseas Program 100
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Midreshet Moriah 101
Mechina Program 121
Midreshet Yeud The Israel Experience
Boneh Yerushalayim 102
Nachshon - The Israeli Mechina 122
Overseas Program 103
Tel Aviv University
Neve Yerushalayim Mechina Program 123
Bnos Chava Seminary 104
Tzofim Israel Scouts
Bnos Sarah Teacher’s Seminary 105
Garin Tzabar 124
Michlelet Esther 106
Midreshet Tehillah 107
Neve School of General Jewish Studies 108
Shalhevet 109
Nishmat
Shana Ba’aretz 110
Pnimiyut Seminary
Pnimiyut Chul 111
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Introduction
Masa Israel Makes it Easy
Masa Israel Journey, a project of the Government
Taking a Year “On”: The Benefits of
of Israel and the Jewish Agency for Israel, makes it
Gap Year in Israel easy for you to connect to exciting, life-changing
By spending a year abroad, you will gain a taste gap year opportunities in Israel, some for college
of independent living for perhaps the first time credit. We provide you with simple access to a
in your life and enter college with more maturity wide range of immersive experiences that are
and self-confidence, greater wisdom; and as varied as Israel itself and help navigate the
experience to handle the challenges ahead. In entire process at every step along the way. You
fact, many leading universities in North America can choose from study, volunteer, internship,
encourage admitted students to defer entrance international travel, and customizable programs.
for a semester or a year to explore their interests No one makes it easier for you to spend a year
before deciding what to study in college. Harvard “on” in Israel.
University’s Dean and Director of Admissions
William Fitzsimmons recommends taking time to In addition, Masa Israel offers a built-in
engage in career-related, academic or personal community for program participants. We host
pursuits that encourage students to “gain social events, excursions, overnight trips, and
perspective on personal values and goals, or to activities that give you the chance to meet
gain needed life experience in a setting separate participants of other Masa Israel programs. We
from and independent of one’s accustomed also provide a support system and help make sure
pressures and expectations.” all your needs are met during your time Israel.
The Masa Israel Community helps you (re)connect
Israel is a country of great diversity within with your fellow participants both in Israel and
a very small area, offering many historical, once you return so you can stay connected to
religious and cultural opportunities. Thousands your experience beyond your gap year. Find out
of years of history, a variety of ethnic communities more about the Masa Israel Community at
living side by side, and an unending flow of www.MasaCommunity.org.
international input via satellite and cable have
contributed to the development of an Israeli Finding the Right Program
culture that marries ancient with modern, local At Masa Israel, our mission is to assist you
with global, and East and West to form a unique in planning and creating a successful Israel
identity all its own. You will immerse yourself in experience. Our participants range from 18 to 30
a culture as varied as the people themselves, with years of age, and each one has a different reason
literature, theater, concerts, radio and television for going to Israel-whether it is to enhance their
programming, entertainment, museums and resume, have an adventure, gain a new perspective,
galleries for every interest and taste. or simply experience a different culture. However
all of our participants have one goal in common:
Israel is also a global leader in innovation in to immerse themselves in a foreign culture and
many of today’s most relevant fields. Spend have a successful international experience that
your gap year in Israel, and immerse yourself will positively impact their professional and
in a new culture, broaden your perspective, and personal lives.
have life-changing experiences that will last a
lifetime. You’ll also meet peers from around the
world with similar interests.

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Masa Israel offers undergraduate students the To explore funding options and view the complete
following types of programs: list of gap year opportunities available in Israel,
• Freshman year/academic gap year visit www.MasaIsrael.org, or contact a Masa
• Traditional gap year Israel staff member directly. We will be happy to
• Special interest gap year help you navigate the entire process of finding
• Jewish studies programs for Men and choosing the program that’s right for you.
• Jewish studies programs for Women
• Coed Jewish studies programs A note about program costs: the prices listed
• Preparatory (Mechina) programs for in this catalog are for the academic year 2010
new immigrants - 2011 and are subject to change at the sole
discretion of the program organizer. Contact the
For personalized assistance in finding the program organizer of your program of choice directly for
that’s right for you, visit the most current pricing.
www.Facebook.com/MasaIsrael.

How to Apply for a Masa Israel Grant


Masa Israel grants and scholarships are available Contact Us
to those who have not participated in a long-
For more information and to find the
term Israel program since 2004 and who will
participate in a Masa Israel-affiliated program. program that’s right for you, visit us at:
For full eligibility requirements, please see the
application form at www.MasaIsrael.org Jared Hakimi | Gap Year Recruitment
Coordinator
To apply for a Masa Israel grant, you must:
Masa Israel Journey
1. Apply directly to your program of choice.
2. Complete and sign the online application. 633 Third Ave, Fl 21
3. Print, sign and date the last page (the New York, NY 10017
signature page) and submit it to your program t (212) 339-6952
organizer. jaredh@masaisrael.org
4. If you are also applying for needs-based
funding, make sure you enclose the
appropriate financial documentation. On the Web: www.MasaIsrael.org
On Facebook: www.Facebook.com/MasaIsrael
Funding Your Journey On Twitter: @masaisrael
Masa Israel Journey offers every eligible
participant between the ages of 18 and 20 a grant
of $1,000 toward the cost of participation in a
gap year program in Israel. Masa Israel also offers
additional scholarships of up to $3,000 based on
financial need and can connect you with other
funding sources that help lower the cost of your
gap year.

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Academic Gap and
Freshman Year Programs

Note: The prices listed in this catalog are for the academic year 2010-2011 and are subject to change at the sole
Freshman
discretion of the program organizer. Contact the organizer of your program of choice directly for the Year Programs
most current pricing. 7
Ariel University Center of Samaria
ATZil: Engineering and
Exact Science
OVERVIEW
Location: Ariel
Duration: Semester or academic year
Cost: $8,000 (semester); $15,000 (year)
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included What’s included in the cost of the program:
Upcoming Program Dates: Courses in engineering and sciences,
Spring: February – May 2011 internship programs in hi-tech companies,
Fall: October 2011 – February 2012 and mentorship
Internship placement
Year: October 2011 – May 2012
Intensive Hebrew language study
Open To: Recent high school graduates
Connection to an Israeli host family
Contact Info: Meals and accommodations for the duration of
Dr. Nitza Davidovich the program
Supplementary educational programming
+972 (0)3 906-6103
including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars,
d.nitza@ariel.ac.il
and lectures
www.ariel.ac.il
Medical insurance

Description What’s not included in the cost of the program:


The Ariel University Center’s ATZil (Academics, Torah,
Flights to and from Israel
and Zionism) engineering and exact science program
Transportation in Israel
is a special high-tech program offering you the chance
to earn academic credits in the field of technology Personal expenses
while also taking part in a dynamic Judaic Studies Masa Israel visa
curriculum. Selected courses from the departments
of Engineering and Science at Ariel University are
taught in English and provide you with a first-year
platform towards engineering and computer science
degrees. The program also includes an internship
that will expose you to leading Israeli high-tech Other Ariel University of Samaria
companies, mentoring and a head-start towards programs for high school
a career in high-tech. Hebrew-speaking students graduates:
can select courses from a wider range of programs ATZil Preparatory Program (see p. 119)
offered at the university. Program graduates may
elect to continue to full-time programs and earn a
degree at the University, or transfer credits toward
degree-programs in Israel or to universities abroad.

8 Freshman Year Programs


Bar Ilan University
Israel Experience

OVERVIEW
Location: Ramat Gan, outside of Tel Aviv
Duration: Semester or academic year
Cost: $11,500 (semester); $19,800 (year)
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included What’s included in the cost of the program:
Upcoming Program Dates: Intensive Hebrew language study
October 2011 – June 2012 Internship and volunteer opportunities
Open To: High school graduates ages 17-19 Leadership and Israel advocacy training
Dormitory accommodations in Ramat Ef’al for
Contact Info: the duration of the program
Tehila Gross Supplementary educational programming
(310) 621-7725 including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars
Info@Israelxp.com and lectures
www.ISRAELXP.com On-site health club
Medical insurance

What’s not included in the cost of the program:


Description
Flights to and from Israel
The Israel Experience at Bar Ilan University offers
Transportation in Israel
high school graduates a variety of courses taught Books and course materials
in English that reflect a typical freshman course Meals and personal expenses
load found at North American universities. Masa Israel visa
Students are encouraged to supplement their
academic courses with internship and volunteer
placements at a variety of major American or
Israeli companies. In addition, educational and
exciting trips and Shabbatonim are offered every
other week. Bar-Ilan University is chartered and Other Bar Ilan University
accredited by the Ministry of Education in Israel, programs for recent high school
and the overwhelming majority of colleges and graduates:
universities in the United States and Canada Mechina Program (see p. 120)
recognize its courses. In most cases, Israel
Experience students will be able to receive credit
for their studies.

Freshman Year Programs 9


Ben Gurion University of the Negev
Freshman Year Abroad

OVERVIEW
Location: Be’er Sheva
Duration: Semester or academic year
Cost: $9,490 (semester); $14,465 (year)
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included
Upcoming Program Dates: What’s included in the cost of the program:
Spring: January – June 2011 Four courses per semester
Fall: July – December 2011 Intensive Hebrew language study (four credits)
Year: July 2011 – June 2012 Dormitory accommodations for the duration of
Open To: Freshman year students the program
Supplementary educational programming
including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars
Contact Info: and lectures
Ginsburg-Ingerman Overseas Medical insurance
Student Program
(800) 962-2248 x182 What’s not included in the cost of the program:
osp@bgustudyabroad.org Flights to and from Israel
www.BGUStudyAbroad.org Transportation in Israel
Meals and personal expenses
Masa Israel visa
Description
The semester and year-long programs at Ben Gurion
University (BGU) are designed for college students
seeking a formative academic period of study in Israel.
At BGU, you will study Hebrew language and choose
from a variety of English-language courses in Jewish
studies, political science, sociology, anthropology,
archeology of the Middle East, ecology, the arts, and
environmental studies. You may also enroll in courses
in a number of academic disciplines that are offered
in English by other departments. You may supplement
your coursework with, independent study and volunteer
opportunities. Available concentrations: Anthropology
and Sociology of the Middle East, Global Health Studies,
Jewish and Israel Studies, Sustainable Development
and Environmental Justice.

10 Freshman Year Programs


The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Freshman/Academic
Gap Year Program
OVERVIEW
Location: Jerusalem
Duration: Semester or academic year
Cost: $9,305 (semester); $13,705 (year)
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Available for an additional
What’s included in the cost of the program:
$6,000 per year
8-10 hours of Modern Hebrew language study
Upcoming Program Dates:
(six credits)
Spring: January 19 – May 26, 2011
Freshman seminar (one credit)
Fall: August 2, 2011 – January 5, 2012
Three Freshman level courses (three credits each)
Year: August 2, 2011 – June 7, 2012
Internship placement (optional)
Open To: High school graduates ages 17-19
Supplementary educational programming
Contact Info: including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars
Dr. Janet Alperstein and lectures
(800) 404-8622 or (212) 607-8520 Medical insurance
hebrewu@hebrewu.com
www.HebrewU.com What’s not included in the cost of the program:
Flights to and from Israel
Transportation in Israel
Description Books and other course materials
The Freshman Year Program at the Hebrew University Meals and personal expenses
of Jerusalem offers high school graduates a solid
Masa Israel visa
initiation into academic study, and the credits you will
earn are transferable to many colleges and universities
in North and, upon successful completion of the year-
long program, you may be admitted to your home
university with advanced standing. The program
offers accredited courses in the areas of Israel and
Middle Eastern studies, Religion, Brain and Behavioral
Other Hebrew University of
Sciences, and Environmental Studies. All Freshmen Jerusalem programs for high
students participate in the Freshman Seminar, which school graduates:
provides first-year college students with a strong Rothberg Academic Partnership Program
foundation to assist in the transition from high school (see p. 12)
to college. It provides academic and social support Mechina Program (see p. 121)
while strengthening the students’ skills in academic
research and writing. The seminar also affords students
the opportunity to interact and form a community
with fellow students and the administration.

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The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Rothberg Academic
Partnership Program

OVERVIEW
Location: Jerusalem
Duration: Semester or academic year
Cost: $400 per semester
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Not Included What’s included in the cost of the program:
Upcoming Program Dates: Intensive Hebrew language study
Freshmen level coursework
Spring: January 19 – May 26, 2011
Fall: August 2, 2011 – January 5, 2012
What’s not included in the cost of the program:
Year: August 2, 2011 – June 7, 2012 Flights to and from Israel
Open To: High school graduates ages 17-19 Accommodations for the duration of
the program
Contact Info: Medical insurance
Dr. Janet Alperstein
Meals and personal expenses
(212) 607-8520
Masa Israel visa
ugrad@hebrewu.com
www.HebrewU.com

Description
The Rothberg Academic Partnership Program (RAPP)
is designed for students who wish to take recognized
courses at the Hebrew University’s Rothberg Other Hebrew University of
International School while participating in the gap Jerusalem programs for high
year program of their choice. RAPP offers qualified school graduates:
students several options: Intensive Hebrew language Freshman/Academic Gap Year Program
study during the months of August and September, (see p. 11)
as well as during intersession from late January to Mechina Program (see p. 121)
mid-February and standard Hebrew language studies
during the autumn and spring semesters, or Freshman
level courses during the autumn and spring semesters.
Students can choose the courses that best suit their
interests and timetable, and transfer the credits earned
to most universities in North America.

12 Freshman Year Programs


Technion International School
of Engineering
Freshman Year
of Engineering
OVERVIEW
Location: Haifa
Duration: Academic year
Cost: $15,000
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Available, but not included What’s included in the cost of the program:
Upcoming Program Dates: General science and engineering courses
July 2011 – July 2012 Four month preparation period
Open To: Recent high school graduates Orientation upon arrival
Intensive Hebrew language study
Contact Info: Dormitory accommodations for the duration of
Carrie Voit, Marketing Coordinator the program
+972 (0)4 829-3325 Supplementary educational programming
carriev@technion.ac.il including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars
www.ise.technion.ac.il and lectures

What’s not included in the cost of the program:


Description Flights to and from Israel
Want to spend a semester or year in Israel Transportation in Israel
exploring Engineering and Science? Spend your Books and educational materials
freshman or gap year at Technion, and explore Meals and personal expenses
a rich variety of introductory level science and Masa Israel visa
engineering courses: Algebra, Introduction to
Engineering Mechanics, Differential and Integral
Calculus I and II, Technical English, Physics I and II,
Strength of Materials and Differential Equations.
At Technion, you will gain the solid foundation
you need for specialization in different types of
engineering in your future academic career while
exploring additional subjects like Hebrew, Middle
Eastern History, and Jewish Studies. Technion
credit is likely to be recognized by all higher
education authorities in North America, as well
as by partner universities like Brown, Carnegie
Mellon and Virginia Tech.

Freshman Year Programs 13


Tel Aviv University
Fairleigh Dickinson
Freshman Year in Israel

OVERVIEW
Location: Tel Aviv
Duration: Semester or academic year
Cost: $8,450 (semester); $12,450 (year)
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Available, but not included
Upcoming Program Dates: What’s included in the cost of the program:
Spring: February – June 2011 Eighteen credits per semester
Year: July 2011 – June 2012 Individual guidance and support
Fall: July – December 2011 Intensive Hebrew language study
Supplementary educational programming
Open To: Recent high school graduates
including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars
Contact Info: and lectures
Alison Rubin Medical insurance
(212) 742-9030
(800) 665-9828 What’s not included in the cost of the program:
admissions@telavivuniv.org Flights to and from Israel
www.TelAvivUniv.org Personal transportation in Israel
Dormitory accommodations available for an
additional fee
Meals and personal expenses
Description Masa Israel visa
As an incoming freshman, you are invited to apply to
and enroll at Fairleigh Dickinson University prior to
traveling to Israel for a one- or two-semester academic
program for visiting freshmen. The program includes
opportunities to travel in Israel, meet and socialize
with Israeli students, and enjoy a vast array of cultural Other Tel Aviv University
enrichment opportunities. Transcripts from Tel Aviv programs for high school
University are sent to Fairleigh Dickinson University at graduates:
the completion of your program in Israel and credits Freshman Year Program (see p. 15)
automatically become FDU credits. No college deferral Mechina Program (see p. 123)
is necessary as with many gap year programs. Students
enrolled in this program are eligible for state, federal
and institutional aid to help defray the costs of their
studies in Israel.

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Tel Aviv University
Freshman Year Program

OVERVIEW
Location: Tel Aviv
Duration: Semester or academic year
Cost: $8,450 (semester); $12,450 (year)
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Available, but not included
Upcoming Program Dates: What’s included in the cost of the program:
Year: July 2011 – June 2012 Up to 30 credits per year
Individual guidance and support
Spring: February – June 2011
Intensive Hebrew language study
Fall: July – December 2011
Supplementary educational programming
Open To: Recent high school graduates including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars
Contact Info: and lectures
Medical insurance
Alison Rubin
(212) 742-9030
What’s not included in the cost of the program:
(800) 665-9828
Flights to and from Israel
admissions@telavivuniv.org
Personal transportation in Israel
www.TelAvivUniv.org Dormitory accommodations available for an
additional fee
Description Meals and personal expenses
Masa Israel visa
Situated in the heart of Israel’s coastal region,
Tel Aviv University is the country‘s largest
academic institution, boasting a diverse and
dynamic student body. Its faculty is comprised of
nationally and internationally renowned scholars
and scientists, many of whom are leaders in
Other Tel Aviv University
their fields. The overseas student program at Tel
programs for high school
Aviv University offers accomplished high school graduates:
graduates the opportunity to learn Hebrew and Fairleigh Dickinson Freshman Year
take college-level courses in English for full in Israel (see p. 14)
academic credit while immersing themselves in Mechina Program (see p. 123)
Israeli culture. The program offers a rich variety
of exciting courses in the fields of International
Relations, Social Sciences, Arts, Environmental
Studies, History, Religion, Business and more.

Freshman Year Programs 15


Traditional Gap Year
Programs

Note: The prices listed in this catalog are for the academic year 2010-2011 and are subject to change at the sole
discretion of the program organizer. Contact the organizer of your program of choice directly for the most current pricing.
Aardvark Israel Immersion Programs
Semester Program

OVERVIEW
Location: Tel Aviv or Jerusalem
Duration: Semester
Cost: $9,990
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included
What’s included in the cost of the program:
Upcoming Program Dates: Orientation upon arrival
Spring: January– June 2011 Up to 15 credits per semester of college credit
Fall: August 2011 – January 2012 Internship or community service placement
Open To: Ages 17-22 Apartment accommodations in Jerusalem or
Tel Aviv for the duration of the program
Contact Info: Local bus pass
USA: (877) 634-0162 Books and course materials
Canada: (888) 824-6145 Supplementary educational programming
info@aardvarkisrael.com including trips, seminars, dialogues
and lectures
www.AardvarkIsrael.com
Medical insurance

What’s not included in the cost of the program:


Description Flights to and from Israel
Aardvark Israel’s Semester Program is a fully Meals and personal expenses
accredited study-abroad program that combines World travel and special interest
immersion into Israeli society, community service “add-on” features
and internships, and learning about Israel and Masa Israel visa
Judaism through both formal academic and
informal educational experiences. Earn college
credit for your coursework through the American
Jewish University while spending one semester in
Tel Aviv or Jerusalem. Aardvark Israel also offers
you the option of choosing your own “add-ons,”
Other Aardvark Israel programs
for high school graduates:
special interest programming and world travel
Year Program (see p. 18)
that range from skiing in Bulgaria, a Safari in
Kenya, hiking the Israel National Trail, sampling
the Israeli military, studying digital art and media,
and more!

Traditional Gap Year Programs 17


Aardvark Israel Immersion Programs
Year Program

OVERVIEW
Location: Tel Aviv and Jerusalem
Duration: Academic year
Cost: $14,990
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included What’s included in the cost of the program:
Upcoming Program Dates: Orientation upon arrival
September 2011 – May 2012 Up to 15 credits per semester of college credit
Open To: Ages 17-22 Internship or community service placement
Apartment accommodations in Jerusalem and
Contact Info: Tel Aviv for the duration of the program
USA: (877) 634-0162 Local bus pass
Canada: (888) 824-6145 Books and course materials
info@aardvarkisrael.com Supplementary educational programming
www.AardvarkIsrael.com including trips, seminars, dialogues and lectures
Medical insurance

What’s not included in the cost of the program:


Flights to and from Israel
Description Meals and personal expenses
Aardvark Israel Year Program is a fully accredited World travel and special interest “add-on” features
university program that combines immersion into Masa Israel visa
Israeli society, community service and internships, and
learning about Israel and Judaism through both formal
academic and informal educational experiences. Earn
college credit for your coursework through the American
Jewish University while spending one semester in
Jerusalem and the other in Tel Aviv. Aardvark Israel also
Other Aardvark Israel programs
offers you the option of choosing your own “add-ons,”
for high school graduates:
special interest programming and world travel that Semester Program (see p. 17)
range from skiing in Bulgaria, a Safari in Kenya, hiking
the Israel National Trail, sampling the Israeli military,
studying digital art and media, and more!

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B’nei Akiva
Tafnit North America:
Academic Track

OVERVIEW
Location: Various
Duration: Academic year
Cost: 76,000 NIS (Approximately $19,656)
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included What’s included in the cost of the program:
Upcoming Program Dates: Two months of Jewish studies at a Yeshiva
September 2011 – June 2012 or Midrasha
Open To: Ages 17-19 Two months of army training experience or
Twenty-four credits from the Ariel
Contact Info: University Center
Rabbi Yishai Breslauer Intensive Hebrew language study
Community service and volunteering in a
(516) 986-1500
development town
ybreslauer@gmail.com
Meals and accommodations for the duration of
www.BneiAkiva.net/Tafnit/
the program
Supplementary educational programming
including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars,
and lectures
Description Medical insurance
Tafnit North America is designed for students who
want to combine a Jewish learning program with What’s not included in the cost of the program:
the ultimate Israel experience. You will learn in a Flights to and from Israel
Yeshiva/Seminary and study at the Ariel University Personal transportation in Israel
Center. Furthermore, you will volunteer at a Personal expenses
kibbutz and for the Magen David Adom of Israel Masa Israel visa
or experience what Israeli soldiers do at our Marva
program. During the middle of the year, you will
have a special opportunity to travel to Poland and
explore the rich Jewish heritage that once existed Other B’nei Akiva programs for
there, and to learn about the tragic events of high school graduates:
the Holocaust that destroyed it. Finally, you will Tafnit North America: Leadership Track
be involved in doing tremendous acts of Chessed at (see p. 20)
one of Israel’s development towns.

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B’nei Akiva
Tafnit North America:
Leadership Track

OVERVIEW
Location: Various
Duration: Academic year
Cost: 76,000 NIS (Approximately $19,656)
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included What’s included in the cost of the program:
Upcoming Program Dates: Two months of Jewish studies at a Yeshiva
September 2011 – June 2012 or Midrasha
Open To: Ages 17-19 Two months of army training experience or
volunteering with Magen David Adom
Contact Info: Leadership Training Institute
Rabbi Yishai Breslauer Intensive Hebrew language study
(516) 986-1500 Community service and volunteering in a
ybreslauer@gmail.com development town
Meals and accommodations for the duration of
www.BneiAkiva.net/Tafnit/
the program
Supplementary educational programming
including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars,
and lectures
Description Medical insurance
Tafnit North America is designed for students who
want to combine a Jewish learning program with the What’s not included in the cost of the program:
ultimate Israel experience. On the Leadership Track, Flights to and from Israel
you will learn in a Yeshiva/Seminary, strengthen your Transportation in Israel
Jewish identity in the program’s Leadership Institute. Personal expenses
Furthermore, you will volunteer at a kibbutz and for the Masa Israel visa
Magen David Adom of Israel or experience what Israeli
soldiers do at our Marva program. During the middle of
the year, you will have a special opportunity to travel to
Poland and explore the rich Jewish heritage that once
Other B’nei Akiva programs for
existed there, and to learn about the tragic events of high school graduates:
the Holocaust that destroyed them. Finally, you will Tafnit North America: Academic Track
be involved in doing tremendous acts of Chessed at (see p. 19)
one of Israel’s development towns.

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Habonim Dror
Maslul Ishi (Personal Path)

OVERVIEW
Location: Varied
Duration: 5, 7 or 10 months
Cost: Varied based on customized options
Estimated Masa Israel Grant:
$1,000 (up to age 20) What’s included in the cost of the program:
Accommodations: Available Orientation upon arrival
Upcoming Program Dates: Intensive Hebrew language study
Rolling – based on personal choice Supplementary educational programming
Open To: Ages 18-29 including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars
and lectures
Medical insurance
Contact Info:
+972 (0)3 540-1444
What’s not included in the cost of the program:
maslulishi@gmail.com
Flights to and from Israel
Transportation in Israel
Accommodations for the duration of
the program

Description
Maslul Ishi is a customizable program designed by
the Habonim Dror youth movement that allows
you to choose your own personal experience in
Israel. Whether you wish to study at an academic
institution, intern at an Israeli company or
volunteer at an international NGO, Maslul Ishi
Other Habonim Dror programs
staff will work with you to create your own
for high school graduates:
personal “path” in Israel. The program includes Workshop HDNA (see p. 22)
mandatory Hebrew language study and ongoing
support and guidance from a professional
and knowledgeable staff. Depending on your
interests, the staff will help you to create your
own personal tailor-made program.

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Habonim Dror
Workshop HDNA

OVERVIEW
Location: Various
Duration: 9 Months
Cost: Approx. $16,500
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included What’s included in the cost of the program:
Upcoming Program Dates: Flight to and from Israel
September 2011 – May 2012 Learning and volunteering
Open To: Ages 17-19 Intensive Hebrew study
Meals and apartment accommodations for the
Contact Info: duration of the program
Shani Bob Transportation in Israel
(212) 255-1796 Supplementary educational programming
programs@habonimdror.org including trips, seminars, and lectures.
www.HabonimDror.org Medical insurance

What’s not included in the cost of the program:


Description Personal expenses
Israel’s longest running gap year, Habonim Dror’s Masa Israel visa
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 Other Habonim Dror programs
language. During the first half of the year, you will for high school graduates:
focus on learning important life skills; you will spend Maslul Ishi (see p. 21)
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.

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Hashomer Hatzair
Shnat Hachshara Gap Year

OVERVIEW
Location: Kibbutz Holit, Kibbutz Ramat
Hashofet, and Naharia
Duration: Academic year
Cost: $14,000
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000 What’s included in the cost of the program:
Accommodations: Included A group-focused experience
Upcoming Program Dates: Intensive Hebrew language study
September 2011 – July 2012 Transportation in Israel
Dormitory accommodations for the duration of
Open To: Ages 17-19
the program
Contact Info: Supplementary educational programming
Monica Alter, Administration including trips, seminars, and lectures.
+972 (0)3 695-6575 Medical insurance
+972 (0)50 767-7950
hanaga@tkz.co.il
What’s not included in the cost of the program:
Flights to and from Israel
Personal expenses
Masa Israel visa
Description
Hashomer Hatzair’s Shnat Hachshara allows
members of the Hashomer Hatzair movement
to live and work on a kibbutz; volunteering
with vulnerable communities in Israel, learning
Hebrew and building a community with their
kvutzah (group). You will spend the first three
months of the program at The Pedagogic Centre
in Kibbutz Holit, learning and experiencing
Hebrew, Israeli society and humanistic Judaism,
and building alternative society. You will then
spend four months at the Ulpan Kibbutz Ramat
Hashofet while teaching English at Barta Arab
Village. During the final two months of the
program, you will experience communal life in
the city of Naharia.

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Kibbutz Movement
Israel Challenge

OVERVIEW
Location: Various
Duration: 5, 7, or 10 months
Cost: $7,200 (5 months)
$9,100 (7 months)
$12,800(10 months) What’s included in the cost of the program:
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000 Six weeks on a kibbutz
Accommodations: Included Eight weeks volunteering with Magen David
Upcoming Program Dates: Adom, Marva, Maccabi Haifa Soccer Academy,
5 months: August 2011 – January 2012 or in other community service areas
7 months: August 2011 – March 2012 Four weeks of professional courses in Eilat
choosing from scuba diving, Mediterranean
10 months: August 2011 – June 2012
cuisine, community security, or photography
Open To: Ages 18-22
Meals and accommodations for the duration of
Contact Info: the program
Esther Mercado Monthly stipend during community service
portion of program
(954) 600-6747
Supplementary educational programming
esthermercado18@gmail.com
including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars,
www.IsraelMasa.co.il/en/
and lectures
Medical insurance

What’s not included in the cost of the program:


Description Flights to and from Israel
Get to know the social, geographic, and historical Personal transportation in Israel
aspects of Israel and Israeli society. Build relationships Personal expenses
with Israelis, American, and international peers and Masa Israel visa
strengthen your Jewish identity. Israel Challenge offers
you a significant long-term experience in Israel during
which you can positively contribute to Israeli society
and get to know the country within the framework
of service and education. Volunteer on a kibbutz, get
a taste of army basic training, volunteer with Magen
David Adom, learn scuba diving and more.

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Kibbutz Program Center
iTrack

OVERVIEW
Location: Varied
Duration: 5 months
Cost: $4,600 - $8,350
Estimated Masa Israel Grant:
$1,000 (ages 18-20)
Accommodations: Included
What’s included in the cost of the program:
Upcoming Program Dates:
Orientation upon arrival
Staggered throughout the year based on
Intensive Hebrew language study
kibbutz schedule Meals and accommodations on home kibbutz
Open To: Ages 17-30 for the duration of the program
Educational materials
Contact Info:
Supplementary educational programming
Kibbutz Program Center
including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars
(212) 462-2764
mail@KibbutzProgramCenter.org and lectures
www.KibbutzProgramCenter.org Medical insurance

What’s not included in the cost of the program:


Description Flights to and from Israel
Design your own kibbutz experience in Israel! Personal transportation in Israel
Kibbutz Program Center’s iTrack is one of the Personal expenses
most affordable long-term programs in Israel Masa Israel visa
and offers programs at different kibbutzim
throughout the year. It allows you to learn
Hebrew while adding an additional, customized
element to your experience. Choose from
internships and volunteer placements available
in the hotel and hospitality sector, healthcare, Other Kibbutz Program Center
non-profit organizations, working with children, programs for high school
and much, much more. Volunteering on a kibbutz graduates:
is a time-honored tradition that visitors from all Kibbutz Ulpan (see p. 26)
over the world have experienced for more than Kibbutz Ulpan Dati (see p. 27)
six decades. Today, it is an ideal choice for anyone
looking to spend some time away from home to
become part of a type of community that only
exists in Israel.

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Kibbutz Program Center
Kibbutz Ulpan

OVERVIEW
Location: Varied
Duration: 5 months
Cost: $7,200
Estimated Masa Israel Grant:
$1,000 (ages 18-20) What’s included in the cost of the program:
Accommodations: Included Orientation upon arrival
Upcoming Program Dates: Intensive Hebrew language study
Staggered throughout the year based on Meals and dormitory accommodations on home
kibbutz schedule kibbutz for the duration of the program
Open To: Ages 18-28 Educational materials
Supplementary educational programming
Contact Info: including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars
Kibbutz Program Center and lectures
(212) 462-2764 Medical insurance
mail@KibbutzProgramCenter.org
www.KibbutzProgramCenter.org What’s not included in the cost of the program:
Flights to and from Israel
Personal transportation in Israel
Personal expenses
Masa Israel visa
Description
Want to learn Hebrew while living and working
on a kibbutz and taking part in its rich and unique
culture? Kibbutz Ulpan is one of the most affordable
long-term programs in Israel and offers programs at
different kibbutzim throughout the year. Participating Other Kibbutz Program Center
in a Kibbutz Ulpan is a time-honored tradition that programs for high school
visitors from all over the world have experienced for graduates:
more than six decades. Today, it is an ideal choice for iTrack (see p. 25)
anyone looking to spend some time away from home Kibbutz Ulpan Dati (see p. 27)
to become part of a type of community that only exists
in Israel.

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Kibbutz Program Center
Kibbutz Ulpan Dati

OVERVIEW
Location: Various
Duration: Semester
Cost: $4,500
Estimated Masa Israel Grant:
$1,000 (ages 18-20) What’s included in the cost of the program:
Accommodations: Included Intensive Hebrew language study
Upcoming Program Dates: Community service and volunteering
Spring: January – June 2011 Meals and accommodations for the duration of
Summer: July - December 2011 the program
Fall: September 2011 – January 2012 Supplementary educational programming
including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars,
Open To: Ages 18-28
and lectures
Contact Info: Medical insurance
Kibbutz Program Center
+972 (0)3 530-1444 What’s not included in the cost of the program:
info@kibbutzulpan.org Flights to and from Israel
Personal transportation in Israel
www.UlpanKibbutzDati.org
Personal expenses
Masa Israel visa

Description
Based on three religious kibbutzim throughout
Israel (Kibbutz Beerot Yitzchak, Kvutzat Yavneh,
and Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu), Kibbutz Ulpan Dati Other Kibbutz Program Center
offers religious young adults the opportunity to programs for high school
study Hebrew while immersing themselves in the
graduates:
iTrack (see p. 25)
unique religious kibbutz lifestyle and sharing the
Kibbutz Ulpan (see p. 26)
experience with their peers from around
the world.

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KIVUNIM Experiential Learning
KIVUNIM: New Directions

OVERVIEW
Location: Jerusalem and 10 counties across
the world
Duration: Academic Year
Cost: $40,000
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000 What’s included in the cost of the program:
Accommodations: Included Flights to and from Israel
Program Dates: September 2011 - May 2012 Up to 30 credits from the Oxford Centre for
Open To: Ages 17-18 Hebrew and Jewish Studies at Oxford University
Trips to Bulgaria, Greece, the Czech Republic,
Contact Info: England, Germany, Hungary, India, Morocco,
Peter Geffen, Founder and Executive Director Slovakia, Spain and Turkey
(917) 930-3092 Meals and accommodations for the duration of
pgeffen@kivunim.org the program
www.KIVUNIM.org Intensive Hebrew and Arabic study
Supplementary educational programming
including trips, seminars, dialogues with Israeli
Description
students of all faiths and backgrounds
KIVUNIM: New Directions provides an intensive
and lectures
academic and experiential encounter with Middle
Transportation, room and board on
Eastern, North African, Asian and European cultures.
international trips
Based in Jerusalem, Kivunim is an Israel-centered,
Medical insurance
but not Israel-exclusive, program. Its curriculum
is built around international field trips of 12 - 14
What’s not included in the cost of the program:
days every five to six weeks to Greece, Bulgaria,
Personal expenses
Morocco, Spain and Turkey, Germany, the Czech
Masa Israel visa
Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, and India. With a focus
on understanding the history and contemporary
life of international Jewish communities, Kivunim
builds “world-consciousness,” an appreciation and
understanding of the broader multi-cultural world
in which we live. Kivunim is accredited by Siegal
College and includes volunteer service projects to
serve the vulnerable communities in Jerusalem.
Additionally, Kivunim also includes travel within
Israel including hikes, exploring cultural institutions,
and meeting key Israeli personalities.

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Menachem Begin Heritage Center
GaP: Government and
Politics in Israel

OVERVIEW
Location: Jerusalem
Duration: Academic year
Cost: $22,000
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included What’s included in the cost of the program:
Upcoming Program Dates: Orientation upon arrival
September 2011 – June 2012 Twenty-two credits at the Hebrew University
of Jerusalem
Open To: High school graduates ages 18–19
Public diplomacy seminar with diplomats from
Contact Info: the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
GaP in Israel Volunteer or internship placement in Jerusalem
+972 (0)2 565-2029 Intensive Hebrew language study
Four weeks of traveling around Israel
paulg@begincenter.org.il
Roundtable discussions with public figures in
www.GapIsrael.org.il
Israeli society
Dormitory accommodations for the duration of
the program
Description Local bus pass
GaP (Government and Politics) in Israel is a Medical insurance
Menachem Begin Heritage Center initiative
What’s not included in the cost of the program:
offering outstanding and highly motivated
Flights to and from Israel
Jewish high school graduates, ages 18-19, an
Meals and personal expenses
opportunity to study government, politics and
Masa Israel visa
society, with an emphasis on the Israeli context.
The first semester is a specially tailored program
at the Rothberg International School of the
Hebrew University in Jerusalem that provides
participants with twenty-two university credits.
The second semester combines a special public
diplomacy seminar run with StandWithUs and
featuring workshops and lectures by diplomats
from Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with
trips around Israel and volunteering projects.

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Tzofim Israel Scouts
Shnat Sherut: A Social
Action Gap Year

OVERVIEW
Location: All over Israel
Duration: Academic year
Cost: $1,500
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included What’s included in the cost of the program:
Upcoming Program Dates: Volunteering in development towns, boarding
July 2011 – August 2012 schools, and community centers in Israel
Open To: High school graduates ages 17-19 alongside Israeli peers
Apartment accommodations for the duration of
Contact Info: the program
Dana Elkis Transportation within Israel
(323) 951-1248 ext.16. Supplementary educational programming
dana@israelscouts.org including trips, seminars, dialogues with Israeli
www.IsraelScouts.org students, and lectures
Medical insurance

What’s not included in the cost of the program:


Flights to and from Israel
Description Meals and personal expenses
Want to spend a year working with teens and children Masa Israel visa
in development towns, boarding schools, or community
centers in Israel before enrolling in college? On Tzofim
Shnat Sherut, you will lead an authentic Israeli life,
speak Hebrew, serve the community, and live with
Israelis your age. As a participant, you will live as a
group in communes with the rest of the Tzofim Shnat
Sherut participants from Israel. Participants must be Other Tzofim programs for recent
fluent in Hebrew, have prior experience working with high school graduates:
children and youth, and have visited or lived in Israel Garin Tzabar (see p. 124)
for an extended period of time. Participants from North
America interested in joining the program will need to
attend pre-preparation seminars in the United States.

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Union for Reform Judaism
The Nezter Year
OVERVIEW
Location: Jerusalem
Duration: 8 Months
Cost: $19,500
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included
Upcoming Program Dates:
October 2011 – June 2012
What’s included in the cost of the program:
Semester of Jerusalem experience
Open To: High school graduates ages 17-19
A month of group experience on a kibbutz
Contact Info: Living and volunteering in an Israeli city or
Jesse Warsawski hiking the Israel National Trail
(212) 650- 4115 Intensive Hebrew study
netzeryear@urj.org Meals and accommodations for the duration of
www.NetzerYear.org the program
Transportation in Israel
Supplementary educational programming
Description including trips, seminars, and lectures.
The Netzer Year is a unique leadership training Medical insurance
program in Israel for recent Reform Jewish high
school graduates. You will develop the skills and What’s not included in the cost of the program:
knowledge necessary to become a leader in the Airfare to and from Israel
Reform Movement, your community or on your Books and learning materials
college campus. The program facilitates personal Personal expenses
development, study of Jewish and Zionist ideals, Masa Israel visa
as well as the Reform Movement’s principles and
ideology, both in and out of the classroom. During
the first month of the program you will live on
kibbutz with the rest of your group. After this, you
will choose between three options: volunteering
in a community in northern Israel, hiking along
the Israel National Trail, or volunteering in an
existing Reform kibbutz in the Arava region.
During the second semester, you will live, learn
and grow in Jerusalem, choosing either to live
and volunteer in one of its communities or
learning about Israel, leadership and Zionism in
a diverse community of young leaders.

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United Synagogue for
Conservative Judaism
Nativ Classic

OVERVIEW
Location: Jerusalem and Kibbutz Ein-Zurim
or Yerucham
Duration: Academic year
Cost: $22,900
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000 What’s included in the cost of the program:
Accommodations: Included Hebrew University, Conservative Yeshiva or
Upcoming Program Dates: Ulpan and community service option
Kibbutz or community service option
September 2011 – May 2012
Intensive Hebrew language study
Open To: High school graduates ages 17-19
Round-trip airfare between New York and
Contact Info: Tel Aviv
Yossi Garr Meals and dormitory accommodations for the
(212) 533-7800 ext. 1119. duration of the program
nativ@uscj.org Transportation within Israel
www.Nativ.org Supplementary educational programming
including trips, seminars, dialogues with Israeli
students, and lectures
Description Medical insurance
Nativ is a challenging academic year program dedicated
to creating and inspiring tomorrow’s Conservative What’s not included in the cost of the program:
Jewish leaders. Nativ, which means “path” in Hebrew, Personal expenses
offers two distinct components: studying in Jerusalem Books and course materials
and volunteering in other areas of Israel. You will have Masa Israel visa
the option to study in one of three different Jerusalem
settings during the fall semester: Hebrew University,
intensive Hebrew language study, or the Conservative
Yeshiva. The spring semester revolves around volunteer
work; you can choose between kibbutz living or
community service in a town or city. This unforgettable Other USCJ programs for high
experience is an intricate balance between academics school graduates:
and volunteer work, learning and teaching, personal Nativ Gesher (see p. 33)
challenge and community living. You will return from
your year in Israel with a stronger attachment to the
land of Israel and a deeper passion for Judaism.

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United Synagogue of
Conservative Judaism
Nativ Gesher
OVERVIEW
Location: Jerusalem and Europe
Duration: Academic year
Cost: $33,900
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included What’s included in the cost of the program:
Upcoming Program Dates: Hebrew University, Conservative Yeshiva or
September 2011 – May 2012 Ulpan and community service option
Open To: High school graduates ages 17-19 Two trips to various European
Jewish communities
Contact Info:
Intensive Hebrew language study
Yossi Garr
Round-trip airfare between New York and
(212) 533-7800 ext. 1119
Tel Aviv
nativ@uscj.org
Meals and dormitory accommodations for the
www.Nativ.org duration of the program
Transportation within Israel
Supplementary educational programming
Description including trips, seminars, dialogues with Israeli
Nativ is a challenging academic year program students, and lectures
dedicated to creating and inspiring tomorrow’s Medical insurance
Conservative Jewish leaders. Nativ Gesher
focuses on the centrality of Israel for one’s What’s not included in the cost of the program:
Jewish identity while creating a relationship with Personal expenses
Masorti communities in Europe. The program Masa Israel visa
matches an academic semester with a second
semester of travel and volunteering in Masorti
(traditional) communities throughout Europe.
For the first semester, you will live in Jerusalem
and have the option to study in one of three
different settings: Hebrew University, intensive Other USCJ programs for high
Hebrew language study, or the Conservative school graduates:
Yeshiva. Your second semester will center around Nativ Classic (see p. 32)
two stays in different European cities (including
Budapest, Berlin and London), each four to five
weeks. In each location, you will volunteer in the
local Jewish community.

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World Betar Movement
Israel Balev

OVERVIEW
Location: Jerusalem
Duration: Semester
Cost: $6,500
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included What’s included in the cost of the program:
Upcoming Program Dates: Orientation upon arrival
July - December 2011 Intensive Hebrew study
Open To: Ages 17-20 Jewish and Zionist studies
Marva IDF training
Contact Info: Meals and accommodations for the duration of
+972 (0)2 679-2788 the program
masa@betar.org.il Supplementary educational programming
http://Betar.org.il/Masa/Short.htm including trips, seminars, dialogues with Israeli
students, and lectures
Medical insurance

What’s not included in the cost of the program:


Flights to and from Israel
Personal transportation in Israel
Description Personal expenses
Masa Israel visa
Want to make a difference in Israeli society? Israel
Balev is the Betar youth movement’s semester program
in Israel. On Israel Balev, you will spend 2.5 months on
Marva, training on a real Israeli army base and learning
how to be a soldier with field and survival training. You
will spend the last half of the program in Jerusalem
Other World Betar Movement
or on a kibbutz volunteering with members of Israel’s programs for high school
vulnerable communities. Throughout the year, you will graduates:
also have the opportunity to participate in JNF seminars Israel Sheli (see p. 35)
and World Betar Shabbatonim! Israel Sheli Security Program (see p. 36)

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World Betar Movement
Israel Sheli

OVERVIEW
Location: Tel Aviv, Jerusalem
Duration: Semester or academic year
Cost: Varies depending on customized options
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included
What’s included in the cost of the program:
Upcoming Program Dates: Orientation upon arrival
Rolling, based on your request Intensive Hebrew language study
Open To: Ages 18-28 Dormitory or shared apartment
Contact Info: Food and travel allowance
Supplementary educational programming
Ruth Wolfsthal, Logistics Coordinator
including field trips, hikes, seminars and lectures
+972 (0)2 679-2954
Medical insurance
masa@betar.org.il
Responsible counselor
http://MyIsrael.Betar.org.il
What’s not included in the cost of the program:
Flights to and from Israel
Personal expenses
Description Masa Israel visa
The Israel Sheli Program is a customizable program
that allows you to create the Israel experience
that matches your interests. The Israel Sheli staff
will work with you to make sure that you are fully
immersed in Israeli society and come to know
what it means to live as an Israeli in Israel – all in
the way you want to do it. Though the program Other World Betar Movement
is fully customizable, it offers four tracks to programs for high school
help guide your experience: academic (Hebrew graduates:
language study, university study, art, Yeshiva, Israel Balev (see p. 34)
and more); volunteer or internship; hotel and Israel Sheli Security Program (see p. 36)
hospitality; and army training through Marva, a
two month basic training program for tourists
that offers a first-hand soldiering experience.

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World Betar Movement
Israel Sheli Security Program

OVERVIEW
Location: Moshav Nordiya Resort Village
Duration: Semester
Cost: $7,000
Estimated Masa Israel Grant:
$1,000 (ages 18-20)
Accommodations: Included What’s included in the cost of the program:
Upcoming Program Dates: Jewish and Zionist studies
Security, weapons, and physical training
September 2011 – January 2010
Krav Maga and martial arts lessons
Open To: Ages 18-28
Lectures and workshops by
Contact Info: security professionals
Yaron Olami Basic CPR training
Intensive Hebrew language study
+972 (0)52 387-0786
Meals and accommodations for the duration of
yolami@gmail.com
the program
www.MyIsrael.Betar.org.il
Supplementary educational programming
including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars
and lectures
Medical insurance

Description What’s not included in the cost of the program:


World Betar Movement’s Israel Sheli Security program Flights to and from Israel
is designed for those who wish to gain exposure to Personal transportation in Israel
the theory and practice of Israel’s different security Personal expenses
disciplines. The core curriculum includes an introduction Masa Israel visa
to the central issues of security facing Israel today, and
ongoing interaction with Israeli professionals who
work in the field every day. You will gain both practical
and theoretical knowledge of security through training Other World Betar Movement
delivered by an experienced staff (including IDF soldiers programs for high school
and officers), shooting practices in a range of situations graduates:
and conditions, and exposure to a variety of weapons Israel Balev (see p. 34)
and ammunitions. Israel Sheli (see p. 35)

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Young Judaea
Year Course: Classic Track
OVERVIEW
Location: Jerusalem, Bat Yam, and Arad
Duration: Academic year
Cost: $22,200
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included
Upcoming Program Dates:
August 2011 – May 2012 What’s included in the cost of the program:
Open To: High school graduates ages 17-19 Flights to and from Israel
Accredited college-level courses
Contact Info: Intensive Hebrew study
Adam Jenshil Apartment accommodations for the duration
(800) 725-0612 of the program
yearcourse@youngjudaea.org Transportation within Israel
www.YearCourse.org Monthly food stipend
Supplementary educational programming
including trips, seminars, dialogues with Israeli
Description students, and lectures
Young Judaea Year Course offers you the Connection to an Israeli host family
opportunity to immerse yourself in all aspects Medical insurance
of Israeli life and culture: learning Hebrew,
interacting with your Israeli peers, developing What’s not included in the cost of the program:
an appreciation for your Jewish heritage, and Personal expenses
exploring Israel through a variety of different Masa Israel visa
volunteer placements. You will spend one-third
of your program in each of three locations in
Other Young Judaea programs for
Israel: Jerusalem, Bat Yam, and the Negev. In
high school graduates:
Bat Yam, you will live in a lower socioeconomic
Year Course: Athletic Track (see p. 38)
neighborhood and have the opportunity to Year Course: Business Track (see p. 39)
contribute mightily to the community through Year Course: Culinary Arts Track (see p. 40)
volunteer work. In Jerusalem, you will have access Year Course: Digital Media Track (see p. 41)
to the history and majesty of the Old City as well Year Course: Medical Track (see p. 42)
as the vibrancy and culture of Emek Refaim as Year Course: Olami (see p. 43)
you study. During your time in the Negev, you Year Course: Performing Arts Track (see p. 44)
will choose from four options: Marva/Sar-El Year Course: Shalem (see p. 45)
(the IDF army experience); Kibbutz Ketura/Shvil Year Course: Shevet (see p. 46)
Yisrael; outdoor desert experience; and social Year Course: Social Action Rwanda (see p. 47)
action experience. Year Course: Visual Arts Track (see p. 48)

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Young Judaea
Year Course: Athletic Track

OVERVIEW
Location: Jerusalem, Bat Yam, and Arad
Duration: Academic year
Cost: Base tuition: $22,200
Specialty track fee: $3,000
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
What’s included in the cost of the program:
Accommodations: Included
Flights to and from Israel
Upcoming Program Dates:
Accredited college-level courses
August 2011 – May 2012 Intensive Hebrew study
Open To: High school graduates ages 17-19 Apartment accommodations for the duration of
the program
Contact Info:
Transportation within Israel
Jessica Turnof
Monthly food stipend
(800) 725-0612
Supplementary educational programming
yearcourse@youngjudaea.org
including trips, seminars, dialogues with Israeli
www.YearCourse.org
students, and lectures.
Connection to an Israeli host family
Medical insurance
Description
Young Judaea Year Course offers you the opportunity
What’s not included in the cost of the program:
to immerse yourself in all aspects of Israeli life and
Personal expenses
culture learning Hebrew, interacting with your Israeli Masa Israel visa
peers, developing an appreciation for your Jewish
heritage, and exploring Israel through a variety of
different volunteer placements. As with Year Course Other Young Judaea programs for high
Classic, you will spend one-third of your program in school graduates:
Year Course: Classic Track (see p. 37)
each of three locations in Israel: Jerusalem, Bat Yam
Year Course: Business Track (see p. 39)
and the Negev. You will train with and learn from some
Year Course: Culinary Arts Track (see p. 40)
of Israel’s best coaches and athletes, compete in team Year Course: Digital Media Track (see p. 41)
and individual sports, and take a turn on the sidelines Year Course: Medical Track (see p. 42)
as coach, trainer, or referee. Participants must be in Year Course: Olami (see p. 43)
good condition for this physically intense program. You Year Course: Performing Arts Track (see p. 44)
will be able to focus on fitness with weight training, Year Course: Shalem (see p. 45)
cardio and more, participate in sports competitions, Year Course: Shevet (see p. 46)
Year Course: Social Action Rwanda (see p. 47)
learn Israel’s Krav Maga self-defense technique and
Year Course: Visual Arts Track (see p. 48)
attend Israeli sporting events.

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Young Judaea
Year Course: Business Track
OVERVIEW
Location: Jerusalem, Bat Yam, and Arad
Duration: 9 Months
Cost: Base tuition: $22,200
Specialty Track Fee: $3,000
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included
Upcoming Program Dates:
August 2011 – May 2012 What’s included in the cost of the program:
Open To: High school graduate ages 17-19 Flights to and from Israel
Accredited college-level courses
Contact Info: Intensive Hebrew study
Jessica Turnof Apartment accommodations for the duration of
(800) 725-0612 the program
yearcourse@youngjudaea.org
Transportation within Israel
www.YearCourse.org
Monthly food stipend
Supplementary educational programming
including trips, seminars, dialogues with Israeli
students, and lectures.
Description
Young Judaea Year Course offers you the Connection to an Israeli host family
opportunity to immerse yourself in all aspects Medical insurance
of Israeli life and culture: learning Hebrew,
interacting with your Israeli peers, developing What’s not included in the cost of the program:
an appreciation for your Jewish heritage, and Personal expenses
exploring Israel through a variety of different Masa Israel visa
volunteer placements. You will spend one-third
of your program in each of three locations Other Young Judaea programs for high
in Israel: Jerusalem, Bat Yam, and the Negev.
school graduates:
The Business track offers a unique opportunity
Year Course: Classic Track (see p. 37)
for a hands-on experience in one of the most
Year Course: Athletic Track (see p. 38)
competitive, innovative and exciting business
Year Course: Culinary Arts Track (see p. 40)
arenas in the world. Israel has the most start-
Year Course: Digital Media Track (see p. 41)
up companies in the world and is the perfect
Year Course: Medical Track (see p. 42)
background for your exploration of the business
Year Course: Olami (see p. 43)
world. You will have the opportunity to meet
Year Course: Performing Arts Track (see p. 44)
leading professionals, intern in international
Year Course: Shalem (see p. 45)
companies, attend business conventions and
Year Course: Shevet (see p. 46)
exhibits and take business courses. No previous
Year Course: Social Action Rwanda (see p. 47)
experience is necessary.
Year Course: Visual Arts Track (see p. 48)

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Young Judaea
Year Course: Culinary
Arts Track
OVERVIEW
Location: Jerusalem, Bat Yam, and Arad
Duration: 9 Months
Cost: Base tuition: $22,200
Specialty track fee: $3,000
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included
What’s included in the cost of the program:
Flights to and from Israel
Upcoming Program Dates:
Accredited college-level courses
August 2011 – May 2012
Intensive Hebrew study
Open To: High school graduates ages 17-19
Apartment accommodations for the duration of
Contact Info: the program
Jessica Turnof Transportation within Israel
(800) 725-0612 Monthly food stipend
yearcourse@youngjudaea.org Supplementary educational programming
www.YearCourse.org including trips, seminars, dialogues with Israeli
students, and lectures
Connection to an Israeli host family
Medical insurance
Description
Young Judaea Year Course offers you the opportunity to What’s not included in the cost of the program:
immerse yourself in all aspects of Israeli life and culture Personal expenses
learning Hebrew, interacting with your Israeli peers, Masa Israel visa
developing an appreciation for your Jewish heritage, and
exploring Israel through a variety of different volunteer
placements. You will spend one-third of your program Other Young Judaea programs for
in each of three locations in Israel: Jerusalem, Bat Yam, high school graduates:
and the Negev. The culinary arts track is designed for Year Course: Classic Track (see p. 37)
passionate food lovers, experimental chefs, and those Year Course: Athletic Track (see p. 38)
Year Course: Business Track (see p. 39)
who want to fuse the art and joy of cooking. On this
Year Course: Digital Media Track (see p. 41)
track, you will be introduced to the world of culinary
Year Course: Medical Track (see p. 42)
arts through specialty classes, workshops, and seminars.
Year Course: Olami (see p. 43)
You will learn basic cooking skills, including knife skills Year Course: Performing Arts Track (see p. 44)
and techniques of bread making as well as volunteering Year Course: Shalem (see p. 45)
in soup kitchens and food pantries. You will also take Year Course: Shevet (see p. 46)
courses including Cooking in the Bible and meet with Year Course: Social Action Rwanda (see p. 47)
famous Israeli chefs and visit their restaurants. Year Course: Visual Arts Track (see p. 48)

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Young Judaea
Year Course: Digital
Media Track
OVERVIEW
Location: Jerusalem, Bat Yam, and Arad
Duration: Academic year
Cost: Base tuition: $22,200
Specialty Track Fee: $3,000
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included What’s included on the cost of the program:
Upcoming Program Dates: Flights to and from Israel
August 2011 – May 2012
Accredited college-level courses
Open To: High school graduate ages 17-19
Intensive Hebrew study
Contact Info: Apartment accommodations for the duration of
Jessica Turnof the program
(800) 725-0612 Transportation within Israel
yearcourse@youngjudaea.org Monthly food stipend
www.YearCourse.org Supplementary educational programming
including trips, seminars, dialogues with Israeli
students, and lectures
Description Connection to an Israeli host family
Young Judaea Year Course offers you the opportunity Medical insurance
to immerse yourself in all aspects of Israeli life and
culture – learning Hebrew, interacting with your What’s not included in the cost of the program:
Israeli peers, developing an appreciation for your Personal expenses
Jewish heritage, and exploring Israel through a Masa Israel visa
variety of different volunteer placements. You
will spend one-third of your program in each of
three locations in Israel: Jerusalem, Bat Yam, and Other Young Judaea programs for high
the Negev. The digital media track focuses on school graduates:
photography and filmmaking. You will be introduced Year Course: Classic Track (see p. 37)
to an inspiring combination of professional classes Year Course: Athletic Track (see p. 38)
and field trips that will take your art into a new Year Course: Business Track (see p. 39)
dimension. Students have special themed projects Year Course: Culinary Arts Track (see p. 40)
to work on throughout the year with opportunities Year Course: Medical Track (see p. 42)
to show their work in professional galleries and Year Course: Olami (see p. 43)
film screenings. Previous experience with digital Year Course: Performing Arts Track (see p. 44)
art is required. You will meet with famous Israeli Year Course: Shalem (see p. 45)
photographers and journalists, attend film festivals Year Course: Shevet (see p. 46)
and visit TV studios, learn computer editing, graphic Year Course: Social Action Rwanda (see p. 47)
design and photo manipulation. Year Course: Visual Arts Track (see p. 48)

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Young Judaea
Year Course: Medical Track

OVERVIEW
Location: Jerusalem, Bat Yam, and Arad
Duration: Academic year
Cost: Base tuition: $22,200
Specialty track fee: $3,000
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included
What’s included in the cost of the program:
Upcoming Program Dates:
Flights to and from Israel
August 2011 – May 2012
Accredited college-level courses
Open To: High school graduates ages 17-19 Intensive Hebrew study
Apartment accommodations for the duration of
Contact Info:
the program
Jessica Turnof
Transportation within Israel
(800) 725-0612
Monthly food stipend
yearcourse@youngjudaea.org
Supplementary educational programming
www.YearCourse.org
including trips, seminars, dialogues with Israeli
students, and lectures
Connection to an Israeli host family
Description Medical insurance
Young Judaea Year Course offers you the opportunity to
immerse yourself in all aspects of Israeli life and culture What’s not included in the cost of the program:
learning Hebrew, interacting with your Israeli peers, Personal expenses
developing an appreciation for your Jewish heritage, and Masa Israel visa
exploring Israel through a variety of different volunteer
placements. You will spend one-third of your program
in each of three locations in Israel: Jerusalem, Bat Yam, Other Young Judaea programs for high
and the Negev. On the medical track, you will develop school graduates:
the special skills needed for the medical profession. You Year Course: Classic Track (see p. 37)
will receive Magen David Adom life-saving certification, Year Course: Athletic Track (see p. 38)
Year Course: Business Track (see p. 39)
including a medics course, and work as a volunteer with
Year Course: Culinary Arts Track (see p. 40)
the organization. You will learn medical Hebrew, tour
Year Course: Digital Media Track (see p. 41)
hospitals around Israel and see the behind-the-scenes,
Year Course: Olami (see p. 43)
and learn about Israel’s bustling medical technology Year Course: Performing Arts Track (see p. 44)
industry. In order to participate in the medical track, Year Course: Shalem (see p. 45)
you must have a basic level of conversational Hebrew. Year Course: Shevet (see p. 46)
In order to volunteer with MADA on the ambulance, you Year Course: Social Action Rwanda (see p. 47)
must be 18 years old. Year Course: Visual Arts Track (see p. 48)

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Young Judaea
Year Course: Olami
Lost Jewish Communities
OVERVIEW
Location: Jerusalem, Bat Yam, and Arad
Duration: Academic year
Cost: Base tuition: $22,200
Olami fee: $12,000
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included What’s included in the cost of the program:
Upcoming Program Dates: Flights to and from Israel
August 2011 – May 2010 Flights to and from countries on the Olami track
Open To: High school graduates ages 17-19 Accredited college-level courses
Intensive Hebrew language study
Contact Info: Apartment accommodations for the duration of
Jessica Turnof the program
(800) 725-0612
Transportation within Israel
yearcourse@youngjudaea.org
Monthly food stipend
www.YearCourse.org
Supplementary educational programming
including trips, seminars, dialogues with Israeli
students, and lectures
Description Connection to an Israeli host family
Young Judaea Year Course offers you the opportunity Medical insurance
to immerse yourself in all aspects of Israeli life and
culture learning Hebrew, interacting with your What’s not included in the cost of the program:
Israeli peers, developing an appreciation for your Visas and immunizations for travel outside of Israel
Jewish heritage, and exploring Israel through a Personal expenses
variety of different volunteer placements. You will Masa Israel visa
spend one-third of your program in each of three
locations in Israel: Jerusalem, Bat Yam, and the Other Young Judaea programs for
Negev. On the Olami track, you will explore the high school graduates:
physical, cultural and spiritual survival of a variety Year Course: Classic Track (see p. 37)
Year Course: Athletic Track (see p. 38)
of small Jewish communities who lived for many Year Course: Business Track (see p. 39)
centuries in isolation. These groups not only live Year Course: Culinary Arts Track (see p. 40)
according to some Jewish rituals and beliefs, but Year Course: Digital Media Track (see p. 41)
Year Course: Medical Track (see p. 42)
also spark questions for us about Jewish identity Year Course: Performing Arts Track (see p. 44)
and ritual. You will travel to Portugal, Uganda, Year Course: Shalem (see p. 45)
India, and South Africa during your time on Year Year Course: Shevet (see p. 46)
Year Course: Social Action Rwanda (see p. 47)
Course. Year Course: Visual Arts Track (see p. 48)

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Young Judaea
Year Course: Performing
Arts Track

OVERVIEW
Location: Jerusalem, Bat Yam, and Arad
Duration: Academic year
Cost: Base tuition: $22,200
Specialty track fee: $3,000
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000 What’s included in the cost of the program:
Accommodations: Included Flights to and from Israel
Upcoming Program Dates: Accredited college-level courses
August 2011 – May 2012 Intensive Hebrew study
Open To: High school graduates ages 17-19 Apartment accommodations for the duration of
the program
Contact Info: Transportation within Israel
Jessica Turnof Monthly food stipend
(800) 725-0612 Supplementary educational programming
yearcourse@youngjudaea.org including trips, seminars, dialogues with Israeli
www.YearCourse.org students, and lectures
Connection to an Israeli host family
Medical insurance
Description
Young Judaea Year Course offers you the opportunity What’s not included in the cost of the program:
to immerse yourself in all aspects of Israeli life and Personal expenses
culture – learning Hebrew, interacting with your Masa Israel visa
Israeli peers, developing an appreciation for your
Jewish heritage, and exploring Israel through a Other Young Judaea programs for high
variety of different volunteer placements. You will school graduates:
spend one-third of your program in each of three Year Course: Classic Track (see p. 37)
locations in Israel: Jerusalem, Bat Yam, and the Year Course: Athletic Track (see p. 38)
Negev. On the performing arts track, you will find Year Course: Business Track (see p. 39)
your own artistic expression, meet Israel’s leading Year Course: Culinary Arts Track (see p. 40)
Year Course: Digital Media Track (see p. 41)
artists, and develop your skills and gain experience
Year Course: Medical Track (see p. 42)
in all aspects of the performing arts including voice, Year Course: Olami (see p. 43)
music, and theater. You will teach drama and private Year Course: Shalem (see p. 45)
music lessons, learn the skills of improvisation, Year Course: Shevet (see p. 46)
rhythm, and movement and visit performing arts Year Course: Social Action Rwanda (see p. 47)
venues throughout Israel. Year Course: Visual Arts Track (see p. 48)

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Young Judaea
Year Course: Shalem

OVERVIEW
Location: Jerusalem, Bat Yam, and Arad
Duration: Academic year
Cost: $22,200
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included
Upcoming Program Dates:
What’s included in the cost of the program:
Flights to and from Israel
August 2011 – May 2010
Accredited college-level courses
Open To: Orthodox high school graduates Intensive Hebrew study
ages 17-19 Apartment accommodations for the duration
of the program
Contact Info:
Transportation within Israel
Jessica Turnof
Monthly food stipend
(800) 725-0612
Supplementary educational programming
yearcourse@youngjudaea.org including trips, seminars, dialogues with Israeli
www.YearCourse.org students, and lectures
Connection to an Israeli host family
Medical insurance

Description What’s not included in the cost of the program:


Young Judaea Year Course: Shalem offers you the Personal expenses
opportunity to immerse yourself in all aspects of Masa Israel visa
Israeli life and culture and focused on living the
principles of limmud and ma’aseh and gaining
Other Young Judaea programs for
knowledge of Torat Yisrael, Eretz Yisrael, Medinat high school graduates:
Yisrael, and Am Yisrael. On Shalem, you will Year Course: Classic Track (see p. 37)
learn Hebrew, interact with your Israeli peers, Year Course: Athletic Track (see p. 38)
develop an appreciation for your Jewish heritage, Year Course: Business Track (see p. 39)
and explore Israel through a variety of different Year Course: Culinary Arts Track (see p. 40)
volunteer placements. Part of the Shalem goal is Year Course: Digital Media Track (see p. 41)
to take students off the standard tourist path and Year Course: Medical Track (see p. 42)
Year Course: Olami (see p. 43)
into unique living situations that they would not
Year Course: Performing Arts Track (see p. 44)
otherwise experience, such as living on a kibbutz Year Course: Shevet (see p. 46)
and participating in the army experience program. Year Course: Social Action Rwanda (see p. 47)
Year Course: Visual Arts Track (see p. 48)

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Young Judaea
Year Course: Shevet

OVERVIEW
Location: Jerusalem, Bat Yam, and Arad
Duration: Academic year
Cost: Base tuition $22,200
Specialty track fee: $2,000
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
What’s included in the cost of the program:
Accommodations: Included
Flights to and from Israel
Upcoming Program Dates: Accredited college-level courses
August 2011 – May 2012 Intensive Hebrew study
Open To: High school graduates ages 17-19 Apartment accommodations for the duration of
the program
Contact Info: Transportation within Israel
Jessica Turnof Monthly food stipend
(800) 725-0612 Supplementary educational programming
yearcourse@youngjudaea.org including trips, seminars, dialogues with Israeli
www.YearCourse.org students, and lectures
Connection to an Israeli host family
Medical insurance
Description
Young Judaea Year Course offers you the opportunity What’s not included in the cost of the program:
to immerse yourself in all aspects of Israeli life and Personal expenses
culture learning Hebrew, interacting with your Israeli Masa Israel visa
peers, developing an appreciation for your Jewish
heritage, and exploring Israel through a variety of
different volunteer placements. You will spend one- Other Young Judaea programs for high
third of your program in each of three locations in school graduates:
Year Course: Classic Track (see p. 37)
Israel: Jerusalem, Bat Yam, and the Negev. Shevet is
Year Course: Athletic Track (see p. 38)
the Jewish enrichment track of Year Course, giving Year Course: Business Track (see p. 39)
you a comfortable atmosphere to explore your Year Course: Culinary Arts Track (see p. 40)
Jewish beliefs and practices in an open modern Year Course: Digital Media Track (see p. 41)
Orthodox framework. You will participant in special Year Course: Medical Track (see p. 42)
Shabbat and holiday programs, spending time with Year Course: Olami (see p. 43)
unique Jewish communities in Israel. You will also Year Course: Performing Arts Track (see p. 44)
Year Course: Shalem (see p. 45)
participate in weekly lunch and learn, weekly field
Year Course: Social Action Rwanda (see p. 47)
trips focused on Jewish rituals and learning in the
Year Course: Visual Arts Track (see p. 48)
Beit Midrash.

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Young Judaea
Year Course: Social
Action Rwanda

OVERVIEW
Location: Jerusalem, Bat Yam, and Arad
Duration: Academic year
Cost: Base tuition: $22,200
Social Action track fee: $5000
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000 What’s included in the cost of the program:
Accommodations: Included Accredited college-level courses
Upcoming Program Dates: Intensive Hebrew study
Apartment accommodations for the duration of
August 2011 – May 2012
the program
Open To: High school graduates ages 17-19
Transportation within Israel
Contact Info: Monthly food stipend
Jessica Turnof Supplementary educational programming
(800) 725-0612 including trips, seminars, dialogues with Israeli
yearcourse@youngjudaea.org students, and lectures
www.YearCourse.org Connection to an Israeli host family
Medical insurance
Flights to and from Israel
Flights to and from Rwanda
Description
Young Judaea Year Course offers you the opportunity What’s not included in the cost of the program:
Visas and vaccinations for travel outside Israel
to immerse yourself in all aspects of Israeli life and
Personal expenses
culture learning Hebrew, interacting with your
Masa Israel visa
Israeli peers, developing an appreciation for your
Jewish heritage, and exploring Israel through a Other Young Judaea programs for
variety of different volunteer placements. You will high school graduates:
spend one-third of your program in each of three Year Course: Classic Track (see p. 37)
locations in Israel: Jerusalem, Bat Yam, and the Year Course: Athletic Track (see p. 38)
Year Course: Business Track (see p. 39)
Negev. On the Social Action Rwanda track, you will
Year Course: Culinary Arts Track (see p. 40)
combine the study of Rwanda with a one-month Year Course: Digital Media Track (see p. 41)
service trip to the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village Year Course: Medical Track (see p. 42)
in Rwanda. Before you go, you will work with your Year Course: Olami (see p. 43)
fellow participants on a fundraising project to Year Course: Performing Arts Track (see p. 44)
Year Course: Shalem (see p. 45)
collect donations for the village. Year Course: Shevet (see p. 46)
Year Course: Visual Arts Track (see p. 48)

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Young Judaea
Year Course: Visual Arts Track

OVERVIEW
Location: Jerusalem, Bat Yam, and Arad
Duration: Academic year
Cost: Base tuition $22,200
Specialty track fee: $2,000
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included What’s included in the cost of the program:
Upcoming Program Dates: Accredited college-level courses
August 2011 – May 2012 Intensive Hebrew study
Open To: High school graduates ages 17-19 Apartment accommodations for the duration of
the program
Contact Info: Transportation within Israel
Jessica Turnof Monthly food stipend
(800) 725-0612 Supplementary educational programming
yearcourse@youngjudaea.org including trips, seminars, dialogues with Israeli
www.YearCourse.org students, and lectures
Connection to an Israeli host family
Medical insurance
Flights to and from Israel
Description
Young Judaea Year Course offers you the opportunity
What’s not included in the cost of the program:
to immerse yourself in all aspects of Israeli life and
Personal expenses
culture – learning Hebrew, interacting with your Masa Israel visa
Israeli peers, developing an appreciation for your
Jewish heritage, and exploring Israel through a
variety of different volunteer placements. You will
Other Young Judaea programs for high
school graduates:
spend one-third of your program in each of three
Year Course: Classic Track (see p. 37)
locations in Israel: Jerusalem, Bat Yam, and the Year Course: Athletic Track (see p. 38)
Negev. On the visual arts track, you will further your Year Course: Business Track (see p. 39)
talent and skill in artistic genres such as painting, Year Course: Culinary Arts Track (see p. 40)
drawing, sculpture and sketching with the help Year Course: Digital Media Track (see p. 41)
of professional teachers and artists. You will also Year Course: Medical Track (see p. 42)
take classes in Israeli art history, visit art classes Year Course: Olami (see p. 43)
Year Course: Performing Arts Track (see p. 44)
and galleries in Israel and meet with Israeli artists.
Year Course: Shalem (see p. 45)
Prior experience with visual arts is necessary to
Year Course: Shevet (see p. 46)
participate in this track. Year Course: Social Action Rwanda (see p. 47)

48 Traditional Gap Year Programs


Special Interest
Programs

Note: The prices listed in this catalog are for the academic year 2010-2011 and are subject to change at the sole
discretion of the program organizer. Contact the organizer of your program of choice directly for the most current pricing. 49
Budokan Israel
Budokan Martial Arts and
Fitness Program

OVERVIEW
Location: Hod HaSharon and Netanya
Duration: Semester
Cost: $9,450
Estimated Masa Israel Grant:
$1,000 (ages 18-20) What’s included in the cost of the program:
Accommodations: Included Orientation upon arrival
Upcoming Program Dates: Daily martial arts and fitness instruction (focus
on karate, judo and Krav Maga)
Spring: February - July 2011
Intensive Hebrew language study
Fall: September 2011 – February 2012
History course on Jewish and Israeli Heroes
Open To: Ages 18-25 Meals and dormitory accommodations for the
Contact Info: duration of the program
Supplementary educational programming
Katie Winsberg
including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars
(917) 267-7575
and lectures
katie@budokanisrael.com
Medical insurance
www.BudokanIsrael.com
What’s not included in the cost of the program:
Description Flights to and from Israel
Personal transportation in Israel
Budokan is a challenging program that combines
Personal expenses
world-class martial arts and fitness instruction with
Masa Israel visa
innovative educational courses in Hebrew language and
Jewish heroes, exciting field trips, inspiring volunteer
projects and great people! This “mind, body and spirit”
experience lets you improve your fitness, develop
personal skills and self-confidence while learning about
Israel’s land, history and people. Whether you are looking
for an adventure abroad, trying to get into better shape,
interested in a achieving a higher karate or judo belt, or
in learning self-defense techniques, Budokan offers you
an unforgettable experience. You will gain a priceless
sense of independence, personal empowerment and
self-confidence through Budokan’s unique martial arts
and fitness focused program.

50 Special Interest Programs


Hava and Adam Eco-Educational Farm
Eco-Israel

OVERVIEW
Location: Modi’in, central Israel
Duration: Semester
Cost: $5,300
Estimated Masa Israel Grant:
$1,000 (ages 18-20)
Accommodations: Included What’s included in the cost of the program:
Upcoming Program Dates: Orientation upon arrival
Spring: February – July 2011 Intensive Hebrew language study
Fall: September 2011 – February 2012 Vegetarian meals and accommodations in
Open To: Ages 18-30 geodesic domes for the duration of
the program
Contact Info: Supplementary educational programming
Gili Chupak including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars
(718) 360-4558
and lectures
ecoisrael@havaveadam.org
www.Eco-Israel.org
What’s not included in the cost of the program:
Flights to and from Israel
Description Personal transportation in Israel
Eco-Israel offers Jewish young adults the
Personal expenses
opportunity to embrace permaculture and
Medical insurance
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 and
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
and 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.

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Israel Experience and Bezalel Academy
of Arts and Design
Bezalel Art Experience

OVERVIEW
Location: Jerusalem
Duration: Semester or academic year
Cost: $11,000 (semester); $18,000 (year)
Estimated Masa Israel Grant:
$1,000 (ages 18-20) What’s included in the cost of the program:
Accommodations: Included Orientation upon arrival
Intensive Hebrew language study
Upcoming Program Dates:
Dormitory accommodations for the duration of
Year: September 2011 – July 2012
the program
Fall: September 2011 – February 2012 Supplementary educational programming
Spring: February – July 2012 including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars
Open To: Ages 18 - 28 and lectures
Medical insurance
Contact Info:
Shoshana Klieman What’s not included in the cost of the program:
+972 (0)2 621-6907 Flights to and from Israel
bezalel@israelexperience.org.il Personal transportation in Israel
http://www.IsraelExperience.org.il/Bezalel/ Meals and personal expenses
Masa Israel visa

Description
Are you a young artist yearning to pursue your passion
abroad? The Bezalel Art Experience offers you an
opportunity to discover the world of art and design in
a setting that emphasizes both academic and cultural Other Israel Experience programs
growth in Israel’s holy city of Jerusalem. As a student for high school graduates:
in the Bezalel Art Experience program, you will enjoy Magen David Adom Ambulance
Volunteer Program (see p. 53)
a personal program under the auspices of the Fine
Rimon Music Experience (see p. 54)
Art Department that includes a private tutorial, a
Nachshon: The Israeli Mechina
course on the history of Jerusalem and a mandatory
(see p. 122)
drawing or sculpture course (in English), along with
your choice of a minimum of three courses in the
following disciplines: sculpture, drawing, painting,
screen printing, performance and illustration.

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The Israel Experience
Magen David Adom
Ambulance Volunteer Program

OVERVIEW
Location: Tel Aviv
Duration: 5 months
Cost: $7,300
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: What’s included in the cost of the program:
$1,000 (ages 18-20) Volunteer placement with Magen David Adom
Accommodations: Included (Israel’s ambulance service)
Upcoming Program Dates: Certification as a first-responder and first
September 2011 – January 2012 aid instructor
Open To: Ages 18-25 Hebrew language study
Meals and accommodations during
Contact Info: training course
+972 (0)2 621-6561 Accommodations during volunteer period
mda@israelexperience.org.il Supplementary educational programming
www.MDAVolunteers.com including trips, seminars, and lectures.
Medical insurance

What’s not included in the cost of the program:


Flights to and from Israel
Transportation in Israel
Description Meals and personal expenses
When did you last save a life? The Yochai Porat Masa Israel visa
Magen David Adom Ambulance Volunteer
Program gives young adults ages 18-25 from all
over the world the opportunity to become certified
first responders and to work on ambulances all
over Israel as part of MDA’s life-saving efforts. Other Israel Experience programs
There are also options to continue to higher for high school graduates:
levels of first-aid training and to become first- Bezalel Art Experience (see p. 52)
aid instructors. This experience and training can Rimon Music Experience (see p. 54)
be invaluable in applications to graduate schools Nachshon: The Israeli Mechina
in medical professions. (see p. 122)

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Israel Experience and the Rimon School of
Jazz and Contemporary Music
Rimon Music Experience
OVERVIEW
Location: Ramat Hasharon (near Tel Aviv)
Central Israel
Duration: Academic year
Cost: $18,000
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: What’s included in the cost of the program:
$1,000 (ages 18-20) Orientation upon arrival
Accommodations: Included Hebrew language study
Upcoming Program Dates: Music studies at the Rimon School
September 2011 – July 2012 Volunteer placement
Dormitory accommodations for the duration of
Open To: Ages 18-30
the program
Prerequisite: Prior music experience,
Supplementary educational programming
audition, Hebrew including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars
Contact Info: and lectures
Medical insurance
rimon@israelexpderience.org.il
www.IsraelExperience.org.il//Rimon
http://eng.RimonSchool.co.il/ What’s not included in the cost of the program:
Flights to and from Israel
Personal transportation in Israel
Description Books and educational materials
Expose yourself to music and musical ideas that only
Meals and personal expenses
can be found only in Israel. Open your mind and expand
your musical horizon through a new culture. The Rimon Masa Israel visa
Music Experience offers you the opportunity to combine
music studies with a long-term Israel experience.
The Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music,
with 600 students and 90 faculty, is Israel’s largest
independent professional contemporary music school. Other Israel Experience programs
Located in Ramat Hasharon (a suburb of Tel Aviv), for high school graduates:
Rimon offers seven majors: Composition and Arranging, Bezalel Art Experience (see p. 52)
Film scoring, Song Writing, Jazz Performance, General Magen David Adom Ambulance Volunteer
Performance, Music Production and Engineering and a
Program (see p. 53)
combined program of Composition, Performance and
Music Production. A special articulation agreement Nachshon: The Israeli Mechina
with Berklee Collage of Music in Boston enables Rimon (see p. 122)
students to continue learning and complete their
degree at Berklee within two years. Deserving students
receive generous scholarships towards their studies.

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Jerusalem Culinary Institute
Culinary Arts and
Wine Program

OVERVIEW
Location: Jerusalem
Duration: 7 months
Cost: 35,000 NIS (Approximately $8,290)
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: What’s included in the cost of the program:
$1,000 (ages 18-20) Orientation upon arrival
Accommodations: Not included A variety of cooking classes
Upcoming Program Dates: Hebrew language study
February 2011 – January 2012 Supplementary educational programming
Open To: Ages 18-30 including field trips, seminars and lectures

Contact Info: What’s not included in the cost of the program:


Greta Ostrovitz Flights to and from Israel
+972 (0)2 992-3128 Personal transportation in Israel
info@jcichef.com Accommodations for the duration of
www.JCIChef.com the program
Course materials
Meals and personal expenses
Description
Medical insurance
The Culinary and Wine program at the Jerusalem
Masa Israel visa
Culinary Institute — the first and only Mehadrin
culinary institute of its kind — teaches theory,
basic nutrition, hotel and catering management,
stock flows, hygiene, food and beverage
management, catering theory and the rules of
commercial kitchens. You will learn to prepare
full course meals combining both traditional and Other Jerusalem Culinary
gourmet dishes, according to Jewish dietary law. Institute programs for high
Cooking sessions start with the proper use of school graduates:
knives and equipment, stocks and sauces, fish, Patisserie Program (see p. 56)
meat and poultry preparation, international
cuisines, vegetarian dishes, salads and cold
sauces, buffet presentation, basic pastry and
bread, diary cuisine, and cooking for Shabbat and
holidays. Kashrut and Hebrew language classes
are included in the program.

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Jerusalem Culinary Institute
Patisserie Program

OVERVIEW
Location: Jerusalem
Duration: 7 months
Cost: 35,000 NIS (Approximately $8,290)
Estimated Masa Israel Grant:
$1,000 (ages 18-20)
What’s included in the cost of the program:
Accommodations: Not included
Orientation upon arrival
Upcoming Program Dates: A variety of cooking classes
February 2011 – July 2011 Hebrew language study
Open To: Ages 18-30 Supplementary educational programming
including field trips, seminars and lectures
Contact Info:
Greta Ostrovitz What’s not included in the cost of the program:
+972 (0)2 992-3128 Flights to and from Israel
info@jcichef.com Personal transportation in Israel
www.JCIChef.com Accommodations for the duration of
the program
Books and other course materials
Meals and personal expenses
Medical insurance
Description Masa Israel visa
The Patisserie Program at the Jerusalem Culinary
Institute — the first and only Mehadrin culinary
institute of its kind — teaches baking theory, pastry and
confectionary skills, chocolate and cake decorating,
breads, dough, gateaux, tarts, fillings and sauces,
icing and decorative techniques. Kashrut and Hebrew Other Jerusalem Culinary
language classes are included in the program. Guest Institute programs for high
chefs, tours and trips around Israel are also included school graduates:
in the seven month course. Classes are held in the Culinary Arts and Wine Program
kitchen Sunday through Wednesday. Thursday classes (see p. 55)
include theory, Hebrew language, Kashrut, class trips
and special projects.

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Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company
Dance Journey
OVERVIEW
Location: Kibbutz Ga’aton, northern Israel
Duration: 5 or 9 months
Cost: $7,800 (5 months); $10,500 (9 months)
Estimated Masa Israel Grant:
$1,000 (ages 18-20)
Accommodations: Included
Upcoming Program Dates: What’s included in the cost of the program:
Spring: February – June 2011 Orientation upon arrival
Fall: September 2011 – January 2012 A variety of dance classes
Intensive Hebrew language study
Open To: Ages 18–26
Dormitory accommodations at Kibbutz Ga’aton
Prerequisite: Five years of ballet
for the duration of the program
Contact Info: Supplementary educational programming
Yehuda Maor including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars
+972 (0)52 637-6130 and lectures
maoryehuda@gmail.com Medical insurance
nfo@kcdc.co.il
http://www.kcdc.co.il/DanceCenterEng.aspx What’s not included in the cost of the program:
Flights to and from Israel
Personal transportation in Israel
Description
Meals and personal expenses
Discover yourself as an artist while experiencing
Masa Israel visa
the unique dance culture of Israel. Dance
Journey is a vibrant dance program for dancers
with at least five years of ballet training. Housed
in the Galilee Dance Village in northern Israel,
and part of the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance
Company’s Dance Center, the program offers
a comprehensive general education in dance,
including classical ballet, contemporary dance,
yoga/pilates, repertory, repertoire, improvisation,
and dance composition. A specialized course
in Israeli dance history and music supplements
the curriculum. With its direct relationship to
one of Israel’s most esteemed choreographers,
Rami Be’er, this dance program stands alone in
offering students access to a choreographer as
he develops a new ballet.
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Lotan Center for Creative Ecology
Green Apprenticeship
Gap Year
OVERVIEW
Location: Kibbutz Lotan, southern Israel
Duration: Spring semester
Cost: $6,750
Estimated Masa Israel Grant:
$1,000 (ages 18-20)
What’s included in the cost of the program:
Accommodations: Included Orientation upon arrival
Upcoming Program Dates: Three hours per week of Hebrew language study
February - July 2011 Meals and accommodations in geodesic domes
Open To: Ages 18-30 on Kibbutz Lotan for the duration of
the program
Contact Info: Supplementary educational programming
Leah Zigmond including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars
+972 (0)8 635-6811 and lectures
lotan-ecocenter@lotan.ardom.co.il Medical insurance
www.KibbutzLotan.com/CreativeEcology
What’s not included in the cost of the program:
Flights to and from Israel
Personal transportation in Israel
Description Personal expenses
The Green Apprenticeship (GA) is designed for those
Masa Israel visa
wishing to understand and create alternative solutions
for the issues facing the modern world. The program
will expose you to the practical and theoretical aspects
of local food production, permaculture, ecological
design techniques, natural and alternative building,
sustainable technologies, community design, and
environmental ethics. During your stay at the Lotan Other Lotan Center for Creative
Center for Creative Ecology, you will become part of
Ecology programs for high school
graduates:
the EcoCampus, a model for sustainable living that
Peace, Justice, and the Environment
focuses on making a low carbon footprint and utilizing
(see p. 59)
environmentally sound technologies. You will work
with other community members to maintain an organic
garden, construct buildings from recycled materials,
and much, much more.

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Lotan Center for Creative Ecology and
Living Routes Study Abroad
Peace, Justice and the
Environment Semester

OVERVIEW
Location: Kibbutz Lotan, southern Israel
Duration: Semester
Cost: $15,200
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: What’s included in the cost of the program:
Orientation upon arrival
$1,000 (ages 18-20)
Sixteen credits transferable through the
Accommodations: Included
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Upcoming Program Dates: Four courses: Peace and Social Justice,
August – December 2011 Sustainable Technologies and Greenbuilding,
Open To: Ages 18-28 Group Dynamics, Permaculture
Intensive Hebrew language study
Contact Info: Meals and accommodations in geodesic domes
Gregg Orifici on Kibbutz Lotan for the duration of
(413) 259-0025 the program
gregg@livingroutes.org Educational support materials
http://www.LivingRoutes.org Supplementary educational programming
www.KibbutzLotan.com/CreativeEcology including alternative Jerusalem, field trips,
overnight hikes, seminars and lectures
Medical insurance

Description What’s not included in the cost of the program:


Explore the connections between new forms of Flights to and from Israel
ecological identity and stewardship, social justice
Personal transportation in Israel
and community in Israel. Work alongside Palestinian-
Personal expenses
Arab, Bedouin and Jewish Israelis and practical
Masa Israel visa
experience in ecological design, green building and
sustainable agriculture. Put permaculture into action
in authentic cross-cultural situations as you broaden
and deepen your understanding of sustainability and
ecology. Accredited by UMass Amherst, Peace, Justice Other Lotan Center for Creative
and Environment will provide you with a hands-on Ecology programs for high school
experience in habitat restoration, local organic food graduates:
production, teaching in village schools, working with Green Apprenticeship (see p. 58)
village action groups and more.

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Nitzana Educational Community
Desert Sports Challenge

OVERVIEW
Location: Nitzana
Duration: 5 months
Cost: $8,000
Estimated Masa Israel Grant:
$1,000 (ages 18-20)
What’s included in the cost of the program:
Accommodations: Included
Instruction by highly trained professionals in a
Upcoming Program Dates: wide range of outdoor recreational activities
September 2011 – February 2012 240 hours of intensive Hebrew language study
Open To: Ages 18-26 Meals and accommodations for the duration of
the program
Contact Info: Supplementary educational programming
Karen Kellerman including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars
+972 (0)8 656-1317 and lectures
kkellerman@ymail.com Medical insurance
www.Nitzana.org.il
What’s not included in the cost of the program:
Flights to and from Israel
Personal transportation in Israel
Personal expenses
Masa Israel visa
Description
Looking for an experience that combines of sports
activities in the desert, studying Hebrew, touring Israel
and getting to know more about Israeli culture? Desert
Sports Challenge, based in southern Israel’s Negev
desert, offers you daily theoretical and hands-on
instructions in activities such as rappelling, off-roading,
diving, navigation, mountain biking, swimming and
running. In addition, you will spend three mornings a
week studying Hebrew and your evenings exploring
Israeli culture, dance and pottery and meeting with IDF
soldiers and other local Israelis.

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Religious Studies
Programs for Men

Note: The prices listed in this catalog are for the academic year 2010-2011 and are subject to change at the sole
discretion of the program organizer. Contact the organizer of your program of choice directly for the most current pricing. 61
Yeshivat Ateret Yerushalayim

OVERVIEW
Location: Ramot, Jerusalem
Duration: Academic year
Cost: $18,500
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000 What’s included in the cost of the program:
Accommodations: Included Full days of intensive Jewish study
Upcoming Program Dates: Shabbatonim in the yeshiva and in different
August 2011 – June 2012 neighborhoods of Jerusalem.
Open To: Orthodox men ages 17–20 Meals and accommodations for the duration of
the program
Contact Info: Supplementary educational programming
Mrs. Libby Goldberg including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars,
+972 (02) 587-9537 and lectures
office@ateret.org
www.Ateret.org What’s not included in the cost of the program:
Flights to and from Israel
Personal transportation in Israel
Personal expenses
Masa Israel visa
Description
Yeshivat Ateret Yerushalayim offers a unique
opportunity for young Orthodox men interested
in developing mastery of and self-sufficiency in
learning Gemara, Halacha, Chumash, Machshava
and more. Experienced and dedicated teachers
who bring Torah teaching and application to life
provide each student with individual attention. In
addition, there is the opportunity to participate
as an active contributing member of the yeshiva
community. Special activities, Shabbatot, tiyulim
and sports make building a tangible connection to
Eretz Yisrael an integral part of the curriculum.

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Yeshivat Binyan Av
Shorashenu

OVERVIEW
Location: Ramat Shlomo, Jerusalem
Duration: Academic year
Cost: $12,000
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included
What’s included in the cost of the program:
Upcoming Program Dates:
Daily study of Jewish texts and thought
Fall entrance: August 2011 – June 2012 Intensive Hebrew language study
Spring entrance: December 2011 - October 2012 Meals and dormitory accommodations for the
Open To: Men ages 18-29 duration of the program
Laundry service
Contact Info: Supplementary educational programming
Rabbi Itzchak Fayassi including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars,
(212) 561-5134 and lectures
Medical insurance

What’s not included in the cost of the program:


Flights to and from Israel
Transportation in Israel
Description Personal expenses
The Shorashenu program of Yeshivat Binyan Av Masa Israel visa
emphasizes the study of Judaism based on the
Talmud, integrated with trips all over the country of
Israel. Studies cover a vast gamut of Jewish subject
matter including practical law, Jewish legal sources,
study of the Chumash (parashat hashavua) and more.
Participants also acquire a first-hand knowledge of the
Land of Israel and lectures on the history that surrounds
the Jewish people and the country. Shorashenu features
cultural activities, jeep trips to a number of interesting
places and geological sites, as well as hikes in which
they discover what they cannot see by car.

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Yeshivat Birkat Moshe
Overseas Program

OVERVIEW
Location: Ma’ale Adumim
Duration: Academic year
Cost: $20,000
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000 What’s included in the cost of the program:
Accommodations: Included Orientation on arrival
Upcoming Program Dates: Intensive Talmudic study
August 2011 – July 2012 Meals and accommodations for the duration of
Open To: Men ages 17-20 the program
Volunteer placement
Contact Info: Supplementary educational programming
Rabbi Gilad Gross including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars,
office@ybm.org.il and lectures
www.YBM.org.il Medical insurance

What’s not included in the cost of the program:


Flights to and from Israel
Transportation in Israel
Description Personal expenses
The overseas program at Birkat Moshe allows
Masa Israel visa
young Orthodox men from abroad to take full
advantage of the yeshiva’s unique educational
program in intensive Talmudic study. Students
integrate fully into the regular Israeli program,
with international and Israeli students interacting
as a single student body. Overseas students study
in Israeli shiurim and usually participate in at
least three daily chevrutot. Students contribute
to the community of Ma’ale Adumim, giving
shiurim, tutoring, doing guard duty and planting
trees. While fluency in Hebrew is not required,
incoming students should have a working
knowledge of the language.

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Yeshivat Derech Etz Chaim

OVERVIEW
Location: Har Nof, Jerusalem
Duration: Academic year
Cost: $21,000
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included
What’s included in the cost of the program:
Upcoming Program Dates:
Orientation upon arrival
August 2011 – June 2012 Intensive Gemara study and additional courses
Open To: High school graduates ages 17-19 Intensive Hebrew language study
Meals and dormitory accommodations for the
Contact Info:
duration of the program
Rabbi Aharon Katz
Fitness facilities
(347) 402- 0855
Supplementary educational programming
office@ondec.net including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars,
www.ondec.net and lectures.
Medical insurance

What’s not included in the cost of the program:


Flights to and from Israel
Personal expenses
Masa Israel visa
Description
Yeshivat Derech Etz Chaim is an ambitious and exciting
learning program that gives you the ability and
confidence to carry on learning Torah independently.
The program offers close guidance on a continual
course of growth that incorporates Torah as a means
for individual development. Through close kesher
(connection) with your Rebbes, coupled with a dynamic
learning environment and small classes, you will lay the
foundation upon which your future learning will
firmly stand.

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Yeshivat Eretz Hatzvi

OVERVIEW
Location: Jerusalem
Duration: One year
Cost: $22,000
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included
What’s included in the cost of the program:
Orientation on arrival
Upcoming Program Dates:
Intensive Jewish learning and
Contact yeshiva directly leadership development
Open To: Men ages 17-20 Intensive Hebrew language study
Contact Info: Meals and accommodations for the duration of
(201) 669-4053 the program
Volunteer placement
office@yehatzvi.org
Supplementary educational programming
www.YEHatzvi.org
including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars,
and lectures

What’s not included in the cost of the program:


Flights to and from Israel
Description Personal transportation in Israel
Yeshivat Eretz Hatzvi is dedicated to instilling Medical insurance
Personal expenses
students with a commitment to Avodat HaShem
Masa Israel visa
and a love for Torah learning, empowering them
to become Jewish leaders by developing their
skills in Jewish learning and their love of Am
Yisrael, Torat Yisrael, and Eretz Yisrael, preparing
them for success in college and in their future.
The curriculum places a major emphasis on
teaching the skills that will enable you to pursue
independent study. In addition to Gemara, Limud
Tanach, Halacha, Machshava, and leadership
development figure prominently.

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Yeshivat HaKotel
The Wohl Torah Center

OVERVIEW
Location: Jerusalem
Duration: One year
Cost: Contact program organizer directly
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included
What’s included in the cost of the program:
Upcoming Program Dates:
Orientation upon arrival
Contact program organizer directly Intensive Jewish learning in the topics of
Open To: Men ages 17-20 Gemara, Tanach, Machshava, Halacha
and Mussar
Contact Info:
Intensive Hebrew language study
+972 (0)2 628-8175 ext. 122
Meals and dormitory accommodations for the
office@hakotel.org.il
duration of the program
www.Hakotel.org.il Volunteer placement
Supplementary educational programming
including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars,
and lectures
Medical insurance
Description
Yeshivat HaKotel aims to cultivate yirat shamayim What’s not included in the cost of the program:
as part of a life of Avodat Hashem by developing Flights to and from Israel
students’ appreciation of Talmud Torah and its Personal transportation in Israel
connection to Am Yisrael, Eretz Yisrael. You will Personal expenses
become familiar with the basics of Tanakh, Torah Masa Israel visa
Sheb’al Peh, Halacha, Jewish philosophy and
belief, and Mussar while developing the ability for
independent study in all of these fields. The yeshiva
offers a large number of shiurim in subjects other
than Gemara and helps students build a schedule
most appropriate to them. Although the average boy
will generally spend around 80 percent of his time
on Talmud, there are many who devote up to half
their time to other subjects.

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Yeshivat Har Etzion
Overseas Program

OVERVIEW
Location: Gush Etzion
Duration: Academic year
Cost: Contact program organizer directly
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included
Upcoming Program Dates: What’s included in the cost of the program:
Intensive daily study of Jewish texts
August 2011 – June 2012
and thought
Open To: Men ages 17-20
Hebrew language study
Contact Info: Meals and accommodations for the duration of
Shirley Schuster, Executive Director the program
(212) 732-4874 Volunteer placement
Supplementary educational programming
usoffice@haretzion.org
including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars,
www.HarEtzion.org
and lectures
Medical insurance

Description What’s not included in the cost of the program:


Yeshivat Har Etzion is one of the largest Hesder Flights to and from Israel
Yeshivot in Israel, where students combine their Personal transportation in Israel
army service with advanced Yeshiva study in Personal expenses
Masa Israel visa
a five-year program. In addition to the Israeli
students, more than 120 students from overseas
come for a year or two after high school to
immerse themselves in the atmosphere of the
Yeshiva, thriving on the warm camaraderie and
open, challenging approach to learning. They
come from North America, England, France,
South Africa, Switzerland, Australia and other
countries. Many return to the Yeshiva after
university for further study, preparing to become
community leaders, rabbis and Jewish educators
through the Yeshiva’s Kollel and its affiliated
Herzog College.

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Yeshivat Hesder Ma’alot
Overseas Program

OVERVIEW
Location: Ma’alot
Duration: Academic year
Cost: $15,900
Estimated Masa Israel Grant:
$1,000 (ages 18-20)
Accommodations: Included
What’s included in the cost of the program:
Upcoming Program Dates: Intensive daily study of Jewish texts
August 2011 – June 2012 and thought
Open To: Men ages 17-22 Hebrew language study
Meals and accommodations for the duration of
Contact Info: the program
Rav Ariel Friedman Volunteer placement
+972 (0)4 997-9708 Ext. 9 Laundry service
ariel@yeshivatmaalot.org Supplementary educational programming
www.YesMalot.co.il including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars,
and lectures
Connection to an Israeli host family
Description
Medical insurance
The unique spirit of Yeshivat Hesder Ma’alot springs
from the blend of army service and Torah learning in
What’s not included in the cost of the program:
the Galilee development town of Ma’alot, where Chazal
Flights to and from Israel
brought the Torah Sheba’al Peh to life. You will work to Personal transportation in Israel
uncover the depth that lies beneath the questions and Personal expenses
answers of the Gemara, the arguments of the Tanaim Masa Israel visa
and Amoraim, and the commentaries and halachot of
the Rishonim. The Overseas Program at Yeshivat Ma’alot
offers a unique opportunity to be fully integrated in the
Yeshiva’s Israeli track while still receiving the personal
attention and warmth that overseas students deserve.
The devoted staff is at the students’ side throughout
the day, both during shiurim and chevrutot, to help you
maximize the learning experience. The overseas students
form lifelong friendships with the Israeli students. In
addition to a full learning schedule, the students both
enjoy a variety of tiyulim and they take part in different
community outreach and chesed programs.

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Yeshivat Hesder of
Petach Tikvah

OVERVIEW
Location: Petach Tikvah
Duration: Academic year
Cost: Contact program organizer directly
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included
Upcoming Program Dates: What’s included in the cost of the program:
Intensive Jewish study
August 2011 – May 2012
Meals and accommodations for the duration of
Open To: Modern Orthodox men ages 17-20
the program
Contact Info: Volunteer placement
Rav David Silverstein Supplementary educational programming
+972 (0)52 850-8017 including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars, ֿ
and lectures
yptdavid@gmail.com
Medical insurance
www.ypt.co.il

What’s not included in the cost of the program:


Flights to and from Israel
Personal transportation in Israel
Personal expenses
Masa Israel visa
Description
Yeshivat Hesder bases its Modern Orthodox
educational philosophy on the study of all aspects
of the Torah, on the importance of interaction
with members of all communities in Israel, and
the emphasis of critical and relevant issues of
faith in modern times. Students of the Yeshiva
learn Tanach, Emunah, Aggadah, Chassidut,
Halacha and Midrash. Both younger and older
yeshiva students are encouraged to engage in
societal and communal service as an integral
part of their Torah study.

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Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh
Overseas Program

OVERVIEW
Location: Doar Na Evtach
Duration: Academic year
Cost: $21,000
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included
Upcoming Program Dates: What’s included in the cost of the program:
Intensive Beit Midrash study
August 2011 – July 2012
Intensive Hebrew language study
Open To: Orthodox men ages 17-20
Meals and accommodations for the duration of
Contact Info: the program
Rabbi Ari Katz Laundry service
Supplementary educational programming
(08) 856-2007
including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars,
il@kby.org.il
and lectures
www.KBY.org
Medical insurance

What’s not included in the cost of the program:


Description Flights to and from Israel
Transportation in Israel
Kerem B’Yavneh is an elite center for high-level Torah
Personal expenses
learning with a rich tradition of devoted, intensive
Masa Israel visa
learning in a vibrant Beit Midrash. It is an Israeli-style
Yeshivat Hesder with a Zionistic outlook that strives
to develop the student’s ability to learn Gemara and
Rishonim independently on an in-depth, sophisticated
level. The Beit Midrash is the center of the wider yeshiva
community, uniting the bachurim, the kollel families,
and the families of the ramim and staff. While the
spirit of learning spills over into all the corners of the
green campus, with casual discussion of the Gemara
and Jewish thought and weekly informal learning;
Shabbat meals; Friday night tishes; and melave malkas
in the homes of rebbeim and sganei mashgichim, the
Beit Midrash remains the unquestionable nucleus of
yeshiva life.

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Lev HaGolan
Leadership Yeshiva Academy

OVERVIEW
Location: Moshav Avnei Eitan
Duration: Academic year
Cost: $22,000
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included
Upcoming Program Dates: What’s included in the cost of the program:
Orientation upon arrival
August 2011 – June 2012
Intensive Gemara and Tanakh study, army
Open To: Men ages 17-24
training exercises, group dynamics, survival
Contact Info: courses, treks, martial arts, and courses in
Alon Moreshet, Director of Admissions political and social issues of the Middle East
+972 (0)4 676-3088 Intensive Hebrew language study
University preparatory study
alon@lya.org.il
Meals and dormitory accommodations for the
www.LYA.org.il
duration of the program
Supplementary educational programming
including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars,
and lectures
Description Medical insurance
Leadership Yeshiva Academy recognizes that
both learning and action (mechina) are integral What’s not included in the cost of the program:
to creating a new generation of Jewish leaders, Flights to and from Israel
strong in their identity and firmly rooted in their Personal transportation in Israel
Personal expenses
heritage. Geared toward young men of Orthodox
Masa Israel visa
backgrounds, LYA balances a thorough yeshiva
education with a comprehensive learning program
that enables you to build an unbreakable bond to
Torat Israel, Am Israel and Eretz Israel. In addition
to studying in the Beit Midrash, you will also take
several courses at Kinneret College (for which
you will receive credits from Bar Ilan University),
and participate in a range of challenging physical
training and self-defense activities.

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Yeshivat Lev HaTorah

OVERVIEW
Location: Ramat Bet Shemesh
Duration: Academic year
Cost: $21,000
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included
Upcoming Program Dates: What’s included in the cost of the program:
Daily study of Jewish topics including Talmud,
August 2011 – July 2012
Tanach, Jewish philosophy, Halacha, religious
Open To: Orthodox men ages 17-20
Zionism, and prayer from a variety of
Contact Info: different perspectives
Rabbi Marc Volk Intensive Hebrew language study
(718) 506 - 9911 Dormitory accommodations for the duration of
the program
kwalwasser@msn.com
Volunteer placement
www.LevHaTorah.org
Supplementary educational programming
including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars,
and lectures

What’s not included in the cost of the program:


Flights to and from Israel
Description
Meals and personal expenses
Yeshivat Lev HaTorah aims to nurture inspired,
Medical insurance (available for an
confident, well-rounded bnei Torah with the skills to
additional fee)
learn independently, while simultaneously developing a Masa Israel visa
deep devotion to Eretz Yisrael, Medinat Yisrael, and the
entire Jewish community. Within its diverse curriculum,
you can ‘specialize’ in the topics and styles of learning
most suited to you. Study includes topics such as Talmud,
Tanach, Jewish philosophy, Halacha, religious Zionism,
and prayer presented from a wide range of perspectives.
With the guidance of staff, you can also plan and
implement community service projects that benefit the
population surrounding the Yeshiva community.

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Meorot Chabad
Yeshiva College of
Jewish Studies
OVERVIEW
Location: Jerusalem
Duration: Academic year
Cost: $16,000
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included What’s included in the cost of the program:
Upcoming Program Dates: Intensive daily study of Jewish texts, including
August 2011 – June 2012 Chassidut, Gemara, Chumash and more
Open To: Orthodox men ages 17-20 Intensive Hebrew language study
Meals and accommodations for the duration of
Contact Info: the program
Rabbi Malkin Supplementary educational programming
+972 (0)54 841-6732 including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars,
meorotchabad@gmail.com and lectures
www.MeorotChabad.org Medical insurance

Description What’s not included in the cost of the program:


Meorot Chabad’s Yeshiva College of Jewish Flights to and from Israel
Studies offers young Orthodox men a unique Personal transportation in Israel
opportunity to focus on Jewish studies while Personal expenses
enjoying the priceless experience of living in Masa Israel visa
Jerusalem. Meorot Yeshiva College practices a
holistic and highly individualized approach to
learning, stressing academic learning and study
skills, athletics, travel and exploration, community
service, and serious exposure to Israeli life in all
its aspects. During your gap year, you will study
Chassidut, Gemara, Chumash and more. Meorot
Yeshiva College is part of the global Chabad
movement, characterized by an unconditional
love of each and every Jew, and the Meorot
faculty is comprised of rabbis whose knowledge
and dedication to teaching is matched by the
love they have for each student as an individual.
Meorot provides academic college credits that
can be applied toward undergraduate studies.

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Midreshet Lindenbaum
Darkaynu for Men

OVERVIEW
Location: Jerusalem
Duration: One year
Cost: $26,500
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
(ages 18-20)
Accommodations: Included What’s included in the cost of the program:
Daily intensive Jewish learning in the topics of
Upcoming Program Dates:
Chumash, Hilchot kashrut, Shabbat and
September 2010 – June 2011
Moadim; vocational skills training
Open To: Men with special needs ages 18-30 Intensive Hebrew language study
Meals and accommodations for the duration of
Contact Info:
the program
(212) 935-8672
Supplementary educational programming
office@lind.org.il
including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars,
www.Midreshet-Lindenbaum.org.il
and lectures
Volunteer placement
Connection to an Israeli host family
Description Medical insurance
Midreshet Lindenbaum offers a combination of a
rigorous, challenging learning program and a supportive
What’s not included in the cost of the program:
Flights to and from Israel
religious environment that encourages students to
Transportation in Israel
develop and to delve, to discuss and to debate, and
Personal expenses
ultimately to decide on a more mature and profound
Masa Israel visa
commitment to Torah and Mitzvot. Yeshivat Darkaynu is
a new and innovative program developed for religious
young men with special needs who are looking for
the perfect way to spend a year in Israel. The program
is designed for students who want to continue their Other Midreshet Lindenbaum
learning, develop vocational skills, build independence, programs for high school
improve self-esteem and expand their love of Israel and graduates:
the Jewish people. Yeshivat Darkaynu is an intimate, Darkaynu for Women (see p. 99)
“sidestreaming” program that is professionally staffed, Overseas Program for Women (see p. 100)
highly structured and aims to meet the individual,
special needs of its students.

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Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh
One Year Program

OVERVIEW
Location: Jerusalem
Duration: Academic year
Cost: $21,000
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included What’s included in the cost of the program:
Upcoming Program Dates: Intensive daily study of Jewish texts and
August 2011 – June 2012 thought, including Gemara, Talmud, Halacha,
Open To: Orthodox men ages 17-20 and more
Intensive Hebrew language study
Contact Info: Meals and accommodations for the duration of
Ilana Scheiner, Executive Director the program
+972 (0)2 626-6333 Supplementary educational programming
scheiner@yna.edu including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars,
www.YNA.edu and lectures
Medical insurance

What’s not included in the cost of the program:


Flights to and from Israel
Transportation in Israel
Personal expenses
Masa Israel visa
Description
Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh’s One Year Program strikes
the delicate balance between a challenging
academic curriculum and the ultimate Israel
experience. The curriculum uses both a content-
based and skills based approach. Daily study Other Netiv Aryeh programs for
includes chevruta-style classes in Halacha, high school graduates:
Talmud, Gemara and more. One Year Honors Program (see p. 77)
One Year Sephardic Program (see p. 78)

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Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh
One Year Honors Program

OVERVIEW
Location: Jerusalem
Duration: Academic year
Cost: $21,000
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included
Upcoming Program Dates: What’s included in the cost of the program:
Intensive daily study of Jewish texts and
August 2011 – June 2012
thought, emphasizing Gemara
Open To: Orthodox men ages 17-20
Intensive Hebrew language study
Contact Info: Meals and accommodations for the duration of
Ilana Scheiner, Executive Director the program
Supplementary educational programming
+972 (0)2 626-6333
including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars,
scheiner@yna.edu
and lectures
www.YNA.edu
Medical insurance

What’s not included in the cost of the program:


Flights to and from Israel
Transportation in Israel
Description
Personal expenses
Netiv Aryeh’s One Year Honors Program strikes the
Masa Israel visa
delicate balance between a challenging academic
curriculum and the ultimate Israel experience. The
curriculum uses both a content-based and skills-
based approach and, while the yeshiva emphasizes
the development of a love and proficiency for
learning Gemara, it offers a wide range of additional
opportunities for students to find and develop Other Netiv Aryeh programs for
themselves. Netiv Aryeh’s Honors Program offers a high school graduates:
unique, exciting and challenging program combining One Year Program (see p. 76)
intensive beiyun and comprehensive bekius learning. One Year Sephardic Program (see p. 78)
You will feel a sense of accomplishment after having
covered many facets of Torah shebichtav and Torah
shebe-al peh.

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Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh
One Year Sephardic Program
OVERVIEW
Location: Jerusalem
Duration: Academic year
Cost: $21,000
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included
Upcoming Program Dates:
August 2011 – June 2012
What’s included in the cost of the program:
Open To: Orthodox men ages 17-20
Intensive daily study of Sephardic Jewish texts
Contact Info: and thought, emphasizing Gemara
Ilana Scheiner, Executive Director Intensive Hebrew language study
+972 (0)2 626-6333 Meals and accommodations for the duration of
scheiner@yna.edu the program
www.YNA.edu Supplementary educational programming
including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars,
and lectures
Description Medical insurance
Netiv Aryeh’s One Year Sephardic Program strikes
the delicate balance between a challenging
What’s not included in the cost of the program:
Flights to and from Israel
academic curriculum and the ultimate Israel
Personal transportation in Israel
experience. The curriculum uses both a content-
Personal expenses
based and skills-based approach and, while the
Masa Israel visa
yeshiva emphasizes the development of a love
and proficiency for learning Gemara, it offers
students a wide range of additional opportunities
for students to find and develop themselves. The
Sephardic program begins with a separate daily
Shacharit minyan, adhering strictly to Nusach
Edot HaMizrach and making use of a Sephardic Other Netiv Aryeh programs for
Sefer Torah procured by the yeshiva for that high school graduates:
purpose. The program also includes special One Year Program (see p. 76)
shiurim focusing on Halacha and Minhagim One Year Honors Program (see p. 77)
based on the writings of Sephardi poskim, visits
to Sephardi gedolim such as HaRav HaGaon
Ovadiah Yoseph Shlit”a, and get-togethers in the
homes of some of the program’s Rebbeim.

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Ohr Somayach
Derech Institute for
Torah Studies

OVERVIEW
Location: Jerusalem
Duration: One year
Cost: $9,800
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
What’s included in the cost of the program:
Accommodations: Included
Intensive Jewish study of Talmud, Mishnah,
Upcoming Program Dates: Gemara, Chumash, Jewish philosophy and
September 2011 – June 2012 ethics, and Halacha
Open To: Men ages 17-19 Community service and volunteering
Intensive Hebrew language study
Contact Info: Meals and accommodations for the duration of
Rabbi Brickman the program
+972 (0)2 581-0315 Supplementary educational programming
derech@ohr.israel.net including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars,
www.Ohr.edu/Study/Derech and lectures
Medical insurance

What’s not included in the cost of the program:


Description Flights to and from Israel
The Derech Institute for Torah Studies at Ohr Somayach Personal transportation in Israel
is designed for motivated post-high school students Personal expenses
who may not have had a strong formal Jewish Masa Israel visa
education but who have the intellectual capabilities
and motivation to independently study classical Jewish
texts. Daily, in-depth shiurim in Talmud, Mishnah and
Gemara will teach you vocabulary, reading skills and
textual analysis and provide you with background
information and an introduction to the fascinating
world of classical Talmudic commentaries of all periods.
Chesed (giving to others) activities such as packing
food parcels for poor families, helping the elderly, and
mentoring underprivileged youth are also an integral
part of the curriculum.

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Religious Studies
Programs for Women

Note: The prices listed in this catalog are for the academic year 2010-2011 and are subject to change at the sole
80 discretion of the program organizer. Contact the organizer of your program of choice directly for the most current pricing.
Ba’er Miriam

OVERVIEW
Location: Jerusalem
Duration: One year
Cost: $22,000
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included
Upcoming Program Dates: What’s included in the cost of the program:
Daily intensive Jewish learning and intensive
August 2011-June 2012
Hebrew language study
Open To: Women ages 17-19
Three meals a day and Apartment
Contact Info: accommodations for the duration of
Rabbi Levi Orbach the program
Supplementary educational programming
+972 (0)2 652-9390
including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars,
www.BaerMiriam.com
and lectures
Medical insurance

What’s not included in the cost of the program:


Description Flights to and from Israel
Ba’er Miriam prides itself on providing an educational Personal expenses
environment and curriculum designed for girls who Books and educational materials
crave an intellectual and highly inspiring atmosphere Masa Israel visa
where each student can grow at her own pace. You will
devote your year at Ba’er Miriam to honing textual skills
in serious Torah study while infusing Torah values into
your personal character growth. Classes are small and
intimate, enabling every student to achieve her highest
learning potential. Ba’er Miriam’s strong emphasis on
tiyulim (guided tours) throughout the country helps the
Tanach come alive as our students’ appreciation for the
Land of Israel grows. Baer Miriam’s overnight trips –
one to the north and one to the south of the country –
are big hits year after year. Experienced guides lead all
excursions, illuminating the historical and geographical
significance of each site.

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Beis Chana Safed
Beis Chana Safed Chul

OVERVIEW
Location: Tzfat
Duration: Academic year
Cost: $12,700
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Available for an additional What’s included in the cost of the program:
fee of $3,000 Daily intensive Jewish learning
Upcoming Program Dates: Meals for the duration of the program
September 2011 – June 2012 Supplementary educational programming
Open To: Women ages 17-19 including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars,
and lectures
Contact Info: Medical insurance
Chana Mor Yosef
+ 972 (0)73 255-0370 What’s not included in the cost of the program:
seminar@beitchana.org Flights to and from Israel
www.BeitChana.org Accommodations available for an additional fee
Personal transportation in Israel
Personal expenses
Masa Israel visa

Description
Beit Chana offers a special Chassidishe Torah-
orientated learning and teaching program for
students from abroad. The teaching training
program at Beis Chana Sefad Chul expects
admitted students to excel in Chasidishkiet,
Tzniyut, Yirat Shamaim, Tefilla, Hiskashrus and
more. Those who complete all the obligations
of the program receive a “Morot Lagolah”
certificate from the government. The seminary
was established primarily for Israeli-Hebrew
speaking high school graduates, so most classes
are in Hebrew and applicants must have full
command of the Hebrew language.

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Beit Hayeled
Midreshet Amit

OVERVIEW
Location: Gilo, Jerusalem
Duration: Academic year
Cost: $21,000
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included What’s included in the cost of the program:
Upcoming Program Dates: Daily intensive Jewish learning through
September 2011 – June 2012 chevruta, shiurim and chugim
Volunteer placement
Open To: Women ages 17-19
Intensive Hebrew language study
Contact Info: Meals and accommodations for the duration of
(212)-203-4683 the program
midreshetamit@gmail.com Supplementary educational programming
www.Amit.org.il/MidreshetAmit including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars,
and lectures
Medical insurance

What’s not included in the cost of the program:


Description Flights to and from Israel
Midreshet AMIT’s core curriculum features Personal transportation in Israel
a synthesis of Tanach, Halacha and Gemara, Personal expenses
whereby a student first examines the text with Masa Israel visa
her chavruta and then proceeds to an enlightening
shiur. Dialogue between students and teachers
creates a hum of learning as a community of
learners emerges steeped in Torah, creative in
thought and traditional in acquiring the eternal
values of the mesorah. You will begin your day
with tefila and breakfast, and will spend your
mornings in the Beit Midrash, learning with your
chevruta and then participating in a shiur. The
afternoon learning options reflect your personal
choice of class and topic, and the evening bekiut
is individualized as is the offering of chugim.

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Bnot Torah
Sharfman’s Seminary

OVERVIEW
Location: Ramat Eshkol, Jerusalem
Duration: Academic year
Cost: $19,975
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included
Upcoming Program Dates: What’s included in the cost of the program:
Courses in Jewish topics including Halacha,
Contact program organizer directly
Mussar, Sephardic Heritage, Art and Judaism,
Open To: Orthodox Jewish women ages 17-20
Tanach and Megillah, prayer, and more
Contact Info: Volunteer placement(s)
Bnot Torah Institute North American Office Intensive Hebrew language study
(718) 253-4579 Two meals a day and dormitory
accommodations for the duration of
USA@BnotTorah.com
the program
www.BnotTorah.com
Weekly workouts
Supplementary educational programming
including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars,
and lectures
Medical insurance

Description What’s not included in the cost of the program:


Are you searching for a place to work on assignments Flights to and from Israel
in preparation for class and improve your textual skills Personal transportation in Israel
while also delving into texts dealing with subjects that Personal expenses
are of personal interest to you? Bnot Torah Sharfman’s Masa Israel visa
courses are interactive, providing real examples of
how Torah wisdom connects the disjointed elements
of a complex world. The curriculum includes classes in
Halacha, Mussar, Sephardic Heritage, Art and Judaism,
Tanach and Megillah, prayer, and more. You will leave
Sharfman’s better able navigate the issues most often
encountered in modern life.

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Darchei Binah
Women’s School for
Advanced Torah Studies

OVERVIEW
Location: Jerusalem
Duration: Semester or academic year
Cost: $19,000
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included What’s included in the cost of the program:
Upcoming Program Dates: Daily intensive Jewish learning in the fields of
September 2011 - June 2012 Bible, Jewish Law, Jewish Philosophy,
Open To: Recent high school graduates, Psychology, Oral Tradition, Jewish Liturgy,
women ages 17-19 Geography, and Jewish History
Contact Info: Volunteer placement
Intensive Hebrew language study
Rabbi Yisroel Roll
Meals and dormitory accommodations for the
(410) 585-0497
duration of the program
www.darcheibinah.org
Supplementary educational programming
info1@darcheibinah.co.il
including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars,
and lectures
Description Medical insurance
Are you searching for a richly variegated program
that exposes you to the foremost educators that What’s not included in the cost of the program:
Jerusalem can provide? Darchei Binah offers Flights to and from Israel
young women the opportunity to blossom as Personal expenses
they begin the path toward becoming our future Masa Israel visa
Nashim V’Emahos BeYisrael. Prominent Torah
scholars transmit the mesora in a way which
is both timeless and appropriate for the needs
of the student body. Faculty members meet
with students on an individual basis to provide
caring guidance and insight into confronting the
challenges of life. You will spend an intensive
week exploring the glorious history of Torah in
Poland, and its tragic end. Discover the roots of
Halacha by visiting Batei Midrash and Kevarim
of leading figures such as Rama, Bach, Tosefos
Yomtov, Maharshal, Rav Chaim Brisker and Netziv.

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Emunah v’Omanut
Overseas Program

OVERVIEW
Location: Kiryat Hayovel, Jerusalem
Duration: Academic year
Cost: $22,000
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included
Upcoming Program Dates: What’s included in the cost of the program:
Orientation on arrival
August 2011 - June 2012
Intensive Jewish learning with a focus on the
Open To: Orthodox women ages 17-20
integration of art and Torah
Contact Info: Meals and dormitory accommodations at the
Rabbi David Debow, Director Midreshet Yeud campus for the duration of
the program
United States: (866) 253-1025
Supplementary educational programming
Canada: (877) 606-8335
including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars,
ddebow@emunah.org
and lectures
www.EmunahTorahArt.org
Medical insurance

What’s not included in the cost of the program:


Flights to and from Israel
Personal transportation in Israel
Description Personal expenses
Are Torah and art both significant parts of who you are? Masa Israel visa
Emunah v’Omanut dedicates itself to integrating Torah
and art into a single religious pursuit by encouraging
you to concentrate your Torah study on the traditional
elements of textual study and utilize your deeper
religious understanding for inspiration in your artistic
creations. The seminary’s staff, both Torah educators
and art instructors, is sensitive to Torah values, the
creative process, and aesthetic experience of the arts.
Formal classes such as Art and Halacha and Symbolism
and Midrash address the interaction between art and
Judaism directly.

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Jerusalem College of Technology
Machon Lustig

OVERVIEW
Location: Ramat Gan
Duration: Academic year
Cost: Contact program organizer directly
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included What’s included in the cost of the program:
Upcoming Program Dates: Contact program Academic curriculum in technology and
organizer directly intensive Jewish learning
Open To: Young women ages 17-19 Intensive Hebrew language study
Meals and accommodations for the duration of
Contact Info: the program
+972 (0)3 630-7111 Supplementary educational programming
www.JCT.ac.il including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars,
and lectures

What’s not included in the cost of the program:


Flights to and from Israel
Medical insurance
Personal expenses
Description Masa Israel visa
Machon Lustig was established in 1999 as an
academic institution in Ramat Gan for Bais
Yaakov graduates, and offers academic degrees
on par with those of the other schools of JCT.
Machon Lustig has three goals: to educate its
students for a traditional life, in accordance with
the legacy of the Torah and Mitzvot, in order
to establish Torah homes; to train students in
academic professions with a wealth of knowledge
and technology; and to be concerned with the
integration of the graduate, as much as possible,
within an appropriate work environment.

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Machon Alte

OVERVIEW
Location: Tzfat
Duration: Academic year
Cost: $16,000
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included
Upcoming Program Dates: What’s included in the cost of the program:
Intensive Jewish learning in the fields of Jewish
September 2011 - June 2012
Law, Torah and Prophets, Jewish Meditation
Open To: Women ages 17-19
and Prayer, Jewish Philosophy (Chassidut) and
Contact Info: intensive Hebrew language study
+972 (0)4 697-4306 Meals and accommodations for the duration of
the program
contact@machonalte.com
Supplementary educational programming
www.MachonAlte.com
including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars,
and lectures

What’s not included in the cost of the program:


Flights to and from Israel
Personal transportation in Israel
Description Medical insurance
Located in the historic city of Tzfat (Safed), Machon Alte Personal expenses
is the only Chabad-Lubavitch School in Israel offering Masa Israel visa
a challenging full-time academic program for young
Jewish women seeking to discover and nourish their
Jewish roots. Machon Alte’s unique curriculum offers
deep insights into the mystical teachings of Torah: its
comprehensive program of Jewish studies focuses on
Jewish Law, Torah and Prophets, Jewish Meditation and
Prayer, Jewish Philosophy (Chassidut), and Hebrew Ulpan.
There are classes for beginning and advanced students
conducted in English, Hebrew, and Russian. Classes in
additional languages are available upon request.

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Machon Shoshanat
Yerushalayim

OVERVIEW
Location: Jerusalem
Duration: Academic year
Cost: $15,900
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included
Upcoming Program Dates: What’s included in the cost of the program:
Daily intensive Jewish learning and one
September 2011 - June 2012
afternoon a week of community service
Open To: Women ages 17-19
Intensive Hebrew language study
Contact Info: Meals and dormitory accommodations for the
+ 972 (0)2 587-1711 duration of the program
Supplementary educational programming
machonshoshana@gmail.com
including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars,
www.ShoshanatYerushalayim.org.il
and lectures

What’s not included in the cost of the program:


Flights to and from Israel
Personal transportation in Israel
Description Medical insurance
Machon Shoshanat Yerushalayim is designed for Personal expenses
the personal growth of Lubavitch girls through Masa Israel visa
the teaching of yiddishe-chassidishe values. Its
educational approach offers a program of solid
learning that develops vital study skills and
broadens one’s personal horizons in a very warm,
chassidishe setting. Its Limudei Kodesh program,
which includes both Nigle and Chassidus, will
enable you to learn texts with familiarity and
ease. You will participate in a wide variety of
discussions, on topics ranging from personal
change and relationships to Shidduchim and
Hashkafos on Taharas Hamishpacha. You will also
spend one afternoon a week volunteering.

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She`arim
College of Jewish Studies
for Women
OVERVIEW
Location: Har Nof, Jerusalem
Duration: Academic year
Cost: $17,800
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Available, but not included
Upcoming Program Dates: What’s included in the cost of the program:
Daily study of Jewish texts and thought,
September 2011 - June 2012
including classes in Torah, Prophets, Halacha,
Open To: Women ages 17-20
Jewish Philosophy and Jewish history
Contact Info: Intensive Hebrew language study
Janis Fine One meal a day and dormitory accommodations
(610) 617-0913 for the duration of the program
Supplementary educational programming
jfine@shearim.com
including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars,
www.Shearim.com
and lectures
Medical insurance

Description What’s not included in the cost of the program:


She’arim College of Jewish Studies for Women Flights to and from Israel
offers an exceptional approach to education that Personal transportation in Israel
combines personalized teaching, textual study skills Personal expenses
and an integrative approach to personal growth. Masa Israel visa
She’arim relates to each student as a unique person,
individualizing schedules and classes as necessary.
The hallmark of She’arim is the fostering of a close
student-teacher relationship, the skills and incentive
to continue learning, and the ability to connect with
the spiritual side of Judaism. As a school run by
women for women, She’arim has a special flavor to
it. An atmosphere of mutual cooperation, concern,
encouragement and growth prevails at She’arim. A
full range of Jewish studies including Torah, prophets,
halacha, Jewish philosophy, hebrew ulpan and Jewish
history in both lecture and chevruta format.

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Meor Hatorah
College of Judaic Studies
for Women

OVERVIEW
Location: Jerusalem
Duration: Academic year
Cost: Contact program organizer directly
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included
What’s included in the cost of the program:
Upcoming Program Dates: Contact program
Daily intensive Jewish learning and one
organizer directly
afternoon a week of community service
Open To: Women the ages 17-19
Intensive Hebrew language study
Contact Info: Meals and dormitory accommodations for the
(212) 444-1664 duration of the program
info@meorhatorah.com Supplementary educational programming
www.MeorHatorah.com including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars,
and lectures

Description What’s not included in the cost of the


program:
At Meor HaTorah, you will confront contemporary
Flights to and from Israel
issues, addressing them within the context
Personal transportation in Israel
of 3,000 years of Jewish history. The College
Medical insurance
of Judaic Studies for Women is committed to Personal expenses
creating an environment that encourages growth Masa Israel visa
at your own individual pace in an accepting
and nurturing atmosphere. Apart from exciting
night activities, its academic curriculum includes
courses that confront some of the most complex
issues in Judaism, including topics such as “An
all merciful King” and a Holocaust: “How can
they both be true?” and “How do we know that
Oral Law is authentic?” These sessions, together
with core classes in Tanach, halacha, chumash,
Jewish thought, and character development will
provide you with a well-rounded Torah experience
that will leave an indelible impression you will
remember fondly throughout your life.

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Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim
Academic Program
for Women

OVERVIEW
Location: Jerusalem
Duration: Academic year
Cost: $21,505 (83,600 NIS)
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included What’s included in the cost of the program:
Upcoming Program Dates: Daily intensive Jewish learning
August 2011 – June 2012 Intensive Hebrew language study
One meal a day and accommodations for the
Open To: Women, ages 17-19
duration of the program
Contact Info: Supplementary educational programming
(212) 444-1657 including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars,
office@mmy.org.il and lectures
www.Mevaseret.org/mmy Medical insurance

What’s not included in the cost of the program:


Flights to and from Israel
Personal transportation in Israel
Other meals
Personal expenses
Masa Israel visa
Description
MMY students are a small, select and diverse group
of Bnot Torah who come together for the same goals:
learning, thinking, growing and connecting with Israel.
You will quickly become part of a very close-knit group
that resembles a family as much as a school.  Following
the classical style of Yeshivot, MMY’s learning revolves
around chavruta study in the Bet Midrash.  Most of the
classes are taught in 2-hour blocks, with about half of
this time devoted to chavruta preparation.

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Midreshet B`erot Bat Ayin
Garden of Emuna Program

OVERVIEW
Location: Bat Ayin
Duration: Semester or academic year
Cost: $5,000 (semester); $10,000 (year)
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included What’s included in the cost of the program:
Upcoming Program Dates: Daily intensive Jewish learning
August 2011 – June 2012 Volunteer placement
Open To: Women ages 18-30 Intensive Hebrew language study
Five meals per week and accommodations for
Contact Info: the duration of the program
Elana Benarroch Supplementary educational programming
+972 (0)2 993-4945 including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars,
info@berotbatayin.org and lectures
www.BerotBatAyin.org Medical insurance

What’s not included in the cost of the program:


Flights to and from Israel
Personal transportation in Israel
Description Activities fee
Midreshet B’erot Bat Ayin is the ideal place for the Personal expenses
Jewish woman who wishes to delve deeply into her Masa Israel visa
spiritual self through intensive textual study and
creative spiritual expression, to connect with the Land
of Israel and to live a healthy lifestyle. Whether your
interest in Judaism has recently been ignited, or you are
seeking a wider, more holistic perspective, B’erot Bat
Ayin offers the opportunity to improve your learning
skills while discovering your spiritual essence and
strengthening your commitment to Judaism within the
parameters of halacha. Its Garden of Emuna program
teaches you the Torah of the land and includes nature
hikes, meditative movement, working the land, organic
landscape projects, herbal workshops, and more.

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Midreshet B`erot Bat Ayin
Year/Semester Program

OVERVIEW
Location: Bat Ayin
Duration: Semester or academic year
Cost: $5,000 (semester); $10,000 (year)
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included What’s included in the cost of the program:
Upcoming Program Dates: Daily intensive Jewish learning
September 2011 – June 2012 Volunteer placement
Open To: Women ages 18-30 Intensive Hebrew language study
Five meals per week and accommodations for
Contact Info: the duration of the program
Elana Benarroch Supplementary educational programming
+972 (0)2 993-4945 including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars,
info@berotbatayin.org and lectures
www.BerotBatayin.org Medical insurance

What’s not included in the cost of the program:


Flights to and from Israel
Personal transportation in Israel
Activities fee
Personal expenses
Description Masa Israel visa
Midreshet B’erot Bat Ayin is the ideal place for the
Jewish woman who wishes to delve deeply into her
spiritual self through intensive textual study and
creative spiritual expression, to connect with the
Land of Israel and to live a healthy lifestyle. Whether
your interest in Judaism has recently been ignited,
or you are seeking a wider, more holistic perspective,
B’erot Bat Ayin offers the opportunity to improve
your learning skills while discovering your spiritual
essence and strengthening your commitment to
Judaism within the parameters of halacha.

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Midreshet Devora

OVERVIEW
Location: Jerusalem
Duration: Semester or academic year
Cost: $6,625 (semester); $11,000 (year)
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included What’s included in the cost of the program:
Upcoming Program Dates: Daily intensive Jewish learning
August 2011 – June 2012 Intensive Hebrew language study
Open To: Women ages 17-20 Meals and accommodations for the duration of
the program
Contact Info: Supplementary educational programming
Sharona Margolin Halickman, Director including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars,
(718) 593-4162 and lectures
midreshetdevora@yahoo.com Cultural and culinary outings
www.MidreshetDevora.org
What’s not included in the cost of the program:
Flights to and from Israel
Personal transportation in Israel
Personal expenses
Medical insurance
Description Masa Israel visa
Midreshet Devora is a Modern Orthodox Zionist post
high school program for women who want to live,
learn and feel the love of the Land of Israel. This small,
close knit program offers you unparalleled individual
attention and provides a warm and unique atmosphere.
The curriculum includes Tanach, prayer, contemporary
issues, Talmud, women in Judaism, Zionism, Jewish
thought, Halacha, Hashkafa/Mussar, spiritual activism,
Eretz Yisrael and inspirational Shabbat. Cultural mini-
courses including archaeological digs, museum studies,
theatre and the arts, Israeli cuisine and weekly guest
lecturers make the Tanach and Israeli culture come alive.

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Midreshet Habanot — Ein Hanatziv
Yuval Overseas Program

OVERVIEW
Location: Kibbutz Ein Hanatziv, Beit
Shean Valley
Duration: Academic year
Cost: $15,000
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: What’s included in the cost of the program:
$1,000 (ages 18-20) Daily intensive Jewish learning
Accommodations: Included Intensive Hebrew language study
Upcoming Program Dates: Meals and accommodations for the duration of
the program
September 2011 – June 2012
Supplementary educational programming
Open To: Women ages 18-30
including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars,
Contact Info: and lectures
+972 (0)4-606-2900 Medical insurance
midrasha@hanatziv.org.il
www.Midrasha.co.il/eng/default.asp
What’s not included in the cost of the program:
Flights to and from Israel
Personal transportation in Israel
Personal expenses
Masa Israel visa
Description
Midreshet Ein Hanatziv teaches in-depth
Jewish studies combined with social awareness,
cultivating a cadre of learned women with a
deep commitment to Judaism to take active roles
contributing to the advancement of Jewish society
and to the state of Israel. You will study a wide array
of Jewish subjects in Hebrew at the Beit Midrash,
as well as participate in community-based social
action. The high level of study assures that, by
the end of the year, you feel comfortable with the
Hebrew language and can study independently
from a wide variety of Judaic sources.

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Midreshet Eshel
Sephardic Women’s Seminary

OVERVIEW
Location: Jerusalem
Duration: Academic year
Cost: $19,600
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included What’s included in the cost of the program:
Upcoming Program Dates: Comprehensive Jewish study program based in
September 2010 – June 2011 Sephardic tradition
Open To: Women ages 17-19 Intensive Hebrew language study
Two meals a day and dormitory accommodation
Contact Info: for the duration of the program
(718) 376-0717 Supplementary educational programming
info@eshelisrael.org including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars,
www.EshelIsrael.org and lectures
Medical insurance

What’s not included in the cost of the program:


Flights to and from Israel
Description Personal transportation in Israel
Midreshet Eshel is a post-high school seminary Personal expenses
that provides young women with a comprehensive Masa Israel visa
educational program emphasizing excellence in Jewish
studies, Jewish values, and experiential learning.
As the first Sephardic seminary in Israel, Eshel also
emphasizes Sephardic halacha, customs, and history.
The one-year study program combines textual learning
with stimulating discussion of topics that are relevant
to your life and enhance your personal and religious
growth. Courses include: Tanakh, Jewish thought,
halacha, Torah, psychology, The Jewish woman, group
dynamics, modern Israeli history, hebrew language and
Character Development (Middot), Jewish History, Yoga,
Dance, and Sephardic Cooking.

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Midreshet HaRova
Overseas Program

OVERVIEW
Location: Jerusalem
Duration: 10 Months
Cost: $20,000
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included
Upcoming Program Dates:
August 2011 – June 2012
What’s included in the cost of the program:
Intensive Jewish study of Talmud, Torah,
Open To: Women ages 17-19
Halacha, Machshava, Nach, Chassidut, Tefilla,
Contact Info: Midot and Jewish History
David Milston Intensive Hebrew language study
+972 (0)2 626-5970 Meals and apartment accommodations in
office@harova.org Jerusalem for the duration of the program
www.Harova.org/Overseas Supplementary educational programming
including trips, seminars, dialogues with Israeli
students, and lectures
Description Medical insurance
Midreshet Harova offers an ideal setting for
mature and motivated women from Israel and What’s not included in the cost of the program:
around the world who wish to achieve spiritual Flights to and from Israel
and intellectual growth in a religious Zionist Personal transportation in Israel
framework that combines intimate settings with Personal expenses
the resources of a large educational institution. Masa Israel visa
Its open intellectual environment, combined with
a wide variety of faculty, is particularly attractive
to the creative student interested in exploring
a range of ideas and approaches. Students
participate in a full day of learning focused on
chevruta study and development of textual skills
that create the necessary basis for continued
learning and growth after leaving the Midrasha.
Programs focusing on current events and the
political situation in Israel are a regular part of
the informal education program, as is an annual
journey to Poland that serves as the focal point of
the Midrasha’s Holocaust education program.

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Midreshet Lindenbaum
Darkaynu for Women

OVERVIEW
Location: Jerusalem
Duration: Academic year
Cost: $26,500
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
(ages 18-20) What’s included in the cost of the program:
Daily intensive Jewish learning in the topics of
Accommodations: Included
Chumash, Hilchot kashrut, Shabbat and
Upcoming Program Dates:
Moadim; vocational skills training
September 2010 – June 2011 Volunteer placement
Open To: Women ages 18-30 Intensive Hebrew language study
Meals and accommodations for the duration of
Contact Info:
the program
(212) 935-8672
Supplementary educational programming
office@lind.org.il
including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars,
www.Midreshet-Lindenbaum.org.il and lectures
Connection to an Israeli host family
Medical insurance

Description What’s not included in the cost of the program:


Midreshet Lindenbaum offers a combination of a Flights to and from Israel
rigorous, challenging learning program and a supportive Personal transportation in Israel
Personal expenses
religious environment that encourages students to
Masa Israel visa
develop and to delve, to discuss and to debate, and
ultimately to decide on a more mature and profound
commitment to Torah and Mitzvot. Its Midreshet
Darkaynu is a new and innovative program developed
for religious young women with special needs who are
Other Midreshet Lindenbaum
looking for the perfect way to spend a year in Israel.
programs for high school
The program is designed for students who want to graduates:
continue their learning, develop vocational skills, build Darkaynu for Men (see p. 75)
independence, improve self-esteem and expand their Overseas Program (see p. 100)
love of Israel and the Jewish people.

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Midreshet Lindenbaum
Maria and Joel Finkle
Overseas Program
OVERVIEW
Location: Jerusalem
Duration: Academic year
Cost: $21,000
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
What’s included in the cost of the program:
Accommodations: Included Daily Intensive Jewish learning
Upcoming Program Dates: Volunteer placement
September 2010 – June 2011 Intensive Hebrew language study
Open To: Women ages 18-20 Meals and accommodations for the duration of
the program
Contact Info: Supplementary educational programming
Elana Goldscheider including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars,
(212) 935-8672 and lectures
office@lind.org.il Connection to an Israeli host family
www.Midreshet-Lindenbaum.org.il Medical insurance

What’s not included in the cost of the program:


Flights to and from Israel
Description Personal transportation in Israel
Midreshet Lindenbaum provides an intensive Personal expenses
experience of living and learning Torah that Masa Israel visa
broadens and deepens your commitment to Torah,
Eretz Yisrael and Am Yisrael. You will experience
the dynamism of the world’s largest Bet Midrash
for women, where you will learn Tanach and Torah
She’beal Peh with unrivaled depth and intensity.
You will gain a love of Torah and self confidence Other Midreshet Lindenbaum
in your learning as you grow religiously and programs for high school
spiritually in an atmosphere that respects your graduates:
individuality. You will determine the emphasis in Darkaynu for Men (see p. 75)
Darkaynu for Women (see p. 99)
your learning through our scheduling flexibility
that allows you to maximize hours in Tanach and
Gemara, choose shiurim in Hebrew or English, and
classes in the overseas or Israeli programs

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Midreshet Moriah

OVERVIEW
Location: Jerusalem
Duration: Academic year
Cost: $22,500
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included What’s included in the cost of the program:
Upcoming Program Dates: Orientation upon arrival
August 2011 – June 2012 Personalized schedule of intensive Jewish
Open To: Orthodox Jewish women ages 17-19 learning in the topics of Tanakh, Halakhah,
Jewish Thought, Gemara, Mussar, Chasidut,
Contact Info: Contemporary Machshavah and Hashkafah,
+972 (0)2 652-7449 Tefilah, Ethics, Jewish History, Zionism,
office@midreshetmoriah.org and more
www.MidreshetMoriah.com Volunteer placement
Intensive Hebrew language study
Meals and accommodations for the duration of
the program
Supplementary educational programming
Description including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars,
At Midreshet Moriah, you can design your own schedule and lectures
to match your interests, goals, and learning style. Focus Medical insurance
on Tanakh, Halakhah, Jewish Thought, Gemara, Mussar,
Chasidut, Contemporary Machshavah and Hashkafah,
What’s not included in the cost of the program:
Flights to and from Israel
Tefilah, Ethics, Jewish History, Zionism, and more. The
Personal expenses
program includes tiyulim to explore land, experience
Masa Israel visa
different kinds of communities, have a great time with
friends and teachers, and take a break from the daily
learning routine. The midrasha’s chesed program is a
fantastic way to do hands-on volunteering – working
with victims of terror, volunteering in soup kitchens,
helping disabled children, volunteering in the Shaare
Zedek Medical Center, training to be a medical clown,
and more.

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Midreshet Yeud
Boneh Yerushalayim

OVERVIEW
Location: Kiryat HaYovel, Jerusalem
Duration: Academic year
Cost: $9,500
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000 - $3,000
Accommodations: Included What’s included in the cost of the program:
Upcoming Program Dates: Sherut Leumi community service
September 2011 - June 2012 Intensive Hebrew language study
Open To: Modern women ages 18-22 Daily Torah classes
Meals and accommodations for the duration of
Contact Info: the program
+972 (0)2 644-9010 Supplementary educational programming
+972 (0)52 686-8666 including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars,
office@yeud.org.il and lectures
www.Midreshet-Yeud.org.il
What’s not included in the cost of the program:
Flights to and from Israel
Personal transportation in Israel
Personal expenses
Medical insurance
Masa Israel visa
Description
Live, learn and volunteer in Jerusalem! Boneh
Yerushalayim is a Sherut Leumi volunteer program for
girls founded by Midreshet Yeud in conjunction with
The Jerusalem Municipality. Its goal is to strengthen
your bond to Jerusalem through: a year of life in the
City of Gold; an official full Sherut Leumi volunteering
Other Midreshet Yeud programs
program; inspiring shiurim at Midreshet Yeud; special
for recent high school graduates:
Israel advocacy and leadership seminars; tours and Overseas Program (see p. 103)
hikes throughout Israel; and informal meetings with
different speakers and leaders.

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Midreshet Yeud
Overseas Program

OVERVIEW
Location: Kiryat HaYovel, Jerusalem
Duration: Academic year
Cost: $21,000
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included What’s included in the cost of the program:
Full week of academic classes
Upcoming Program Dates:
Intensive Hebrew language study
September 2011 – June 2012
Sherut Leumi community service — twice a
Open To: Modern women ages 17-19 week for 7 hours each
Contact Info: Option for shiurim in Hebrew throughout
the week
+972 (0)2 644-9010
Meals and accommodations for the duration of
+972 (0)52 686-8666
the program
office@yeud.org.il
Supplementary programs including field trips,
www.Midreshet-Yeud.org.il
overnight hikes, seminars, Shabbatonim
and lectures

What’s not included in the cost of the program:


Flights to and from Israel
Description Personal Transportation in Israel
Are you a mature, focused, self-motivated young Personal expenses and cellular phone
woman with a centrist Jewish Hashkafa who Medical insurance
is looking for an exciting, meaningful year of Masa Israel visa
spiritual growth through in-depth Torah study,
while integrating with blending advanced Jewish
studies with Sherut Leumi volunteer service? At
Midreshet Yeud, you will live, learn, dine and
tour the land together with Israeli students. The
Overseas Program is designed for girls coming for Other Midreshet Yeud programs
their gap year between high school and university for recent high school graduates:
and it blends daily Torah study with Sherut Leumi Boneh Yerushalayim (see p. 102)
community service.

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Neve Yerushalayim: The Jerusalem
College for Jewish Women’s Studies
Bnos Chava Seminary

OVERVIEW
Location: Jerusalem
Duration: Academic year
Cost: $17,000
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included What’s included in the cost of the program:
Teacher’s training and diploma qualifying you
Upcoming Program Dates:
to teach in Jewish schools throughout
September 2011 – June 2012
the Diaspora
Open To: Graduates of Bais Yaakov Academic courses in a variety of topics
ages 17-19 Intensive Hebrew language study
Meals and dormitory accommodations for the
Contact Info:
duration of the program
+972 (0)2 654-4557/458
bcoffice@nevey.org
What’s not included in the cost of the program:
www.Nevey.org Flights to and from Israel
Personal transportation in Israel
Medical insurance
Description Personal expenses
The Bnos Chava Seminary is a one-year teacher’s Masa Israel visa
training program for recent Bais Yaakov high
school graduates who enter the school with
advanced standing in Torah studies. The school
is known for its outstanding faculty and for
its emphasis upon a strong student/teacher
Other Neve Yerushalayim programs
relationship. Bnos Chava’s challenging curriculum
for high school graduates:
places great emphasis on in-depth understanding
Bnos Sarah Teacher’s Seminary (see p. 105)
and appreciation of Jewish learning and spiritual Michlelet Esther (see p. 106)
values. In addition to taking high-level courses in Midreshet Tehillah (see p. 107)
limudei kodesh, you will participate in seminars Neve School of General Jewish Studies
in pedagogy and methodology conducted by (see p. 108)
prominent figures in the field of Jewish education. Shalhevet (see p. 109)
You will also observe experienced teachers at
work and engage in supervised student teaching
in actual classroom settings.

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Neve Yerushalayim: The Jerusalem
College for Jewish Women’s Studies
Bnos Sarah Teacher’s
Seminary

OVERVIEW
Location: Jerusalem
Duration: Academic year
Cost: $17,000
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000 - $3,000 What’s included in the cost of the program:
Teacher’s training and diploma qualifying you
Accommodations: Included
to teach in Jewish schools throughout
Upcoming Program Dates:
the Diaspora
September 2011 – June 2012 Academic courses in a variety of topics
Open To: Graduates of Bais Yaakov high schools Intensive Hebrew language study
ages 17-19 Meals and dormitory accommodations for the
duration of the program
Contact Info:
+972 (0)2 654-4525 What’s not included in the cost of the program:
bnossarah@nevey.org Flights to and from Israel
www.Nevey.org Transportation in Israel
Medical insurance
Personal expenses
Masa Israel visa

Description
The Bnos Sarah Seminary is a one-year teacher’s training
program for recent English-speaking Bais Yaakov high
school graduates with a strong level of adherence to Other Neve Yerushalayim Institute
Halacha and religious observance. Students at Bnos programs for high school graduates:
Sarah are high academic achievers, with a GPA higher Bnos Chava Seminary (see p. 104)
than 86 percent, and come from mostly North America Michlelet Esther (see p. 106)
and Europe. Eighty percent of classes are taught in Midreshet Tehillah (see p. 107)
Neve School of General Jewish Studies
Hebrew with an emphasis on building grammatical
(see p. 108)
skills and vocabulary. Personal sessions with staff may
Shalhevet (see p. 109)
be led in the language of choice.

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Neve Yerushalayim: The Jerusalem
College for Jewish Women’s Studies
Michlelet Esther

OVERVIEW
Location: Jerusalem
Duration: Academic or semester year
Cost: $8,500 (semester); $17,000 (year)
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included What’s included in the cost of the program:
Jewish learning and academic courses in a
Upcoming Program Dates:
variety of topics
September 2011 – June 2012
Intensive Hebrew language study
Open To: Women ages 17-19 Meals and dormitory accommodations for the
Contact Info: duration of the program
Trips and excursions throughout Israel
+972 (0)2 654-4543
Shabbatonim
(718) 576-2028
meoffice@nevey.org
What’s not included in the cost of the program:
www.Nevey.org
Flights to and from Israel
Personal transportation in Israel
Medical insurance
Personal expenses
Description Masa Israel visa
Are you graduating high school, but not yet sure
of your commitment towards a Torah-based
lifestyle? Want to develop the life-skills to help
you navigate an adult Torah life in the 21st
century? The Michlelet Esther experience is an in-
depth, philosophy-based curriculum that provides
Other Neve Yerushalayim Institute
programs for high school graduates:
you with the information and inspiration to lead
Bnos Chava Seminary (see p. 104)
a lifestyle based on Torah values. Through clear,
Bnos Sarah Teacher’s Seminary (see p. 105)
honest and open classes that encourage questions
Midreshet Tehillah (see p. 107)
and lively debate, you will learn the rationale and Neve School of General Jewish Studies
reasons for being committed to the Jewish faith. (see p. 108)
Individual tutorials that provide a framework for Shalhevet (see p. 109)
developing learning skills and attitudes are an
important feature of the program.

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Neve Yerushalayim: The Jerusalem
College for Jewish Women’s Studies
Midreshet Tehillah

OVERVIEW
Location: Jerusalem
Duration: Academic or semester year
Cost: $8,500 (semester); $17,000 (year)
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000 What’s included in the cost of the program:
Jewish learning and academic courses in a
Accommodations: Included
variety of topics
Upcoming Program Dates:
Intensive Hebrew language study
September 2011 – June 2012 Meals and dormitory accommodations for the
Open To: Women ages 17-19 duration of the program

Contact Info: What’s not included in the cost of the program:


+972 (0)2 654-4531
Flights to and from Israel
mtehillah@nevey.org Personal transportation in Israel
www.MidreshetTehillah.org Medical insurance
Personal expenses
Masa Israel visa

Description
Midreshet Tehillah is an academically focused seminary
program for recent high school graduates whose
curriculum centers on deep, text-based learning of
Other Neve Yerushalayim Institute
Hashkafa, Tanach, and Halacha. It’s unique combination
programs for high school graduates:
of concentrated studies and limited class size results in
Bnos Chava Seminary (see p. 104)
a highly integrated group of students and faculty who Bnos Sarah Teacher’s Seminary (see p. 105)
have a remarkable excitement about learning. Students Michlelet Esther (see p. 106)
typically come from Yeshiva High Schools or Beit Neve School of General Jewish Studies
Yaakovs such as Bruriah, Manhattan, TAG, Hanna Saks, (see p. 108)
and Hasmonean. After graduation, students generally Shalhevet (see p. 109)
attend Stern, Touro, or other colleges, universities, or
college credit programs.

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Neve Yerushalayim: The Jerusalem
College for Jewish Women’s Studies
Neve School of General
Jewish Studies
OVERVIEW
Location: Jerusalem
Duration: Academic year or semester
Cost: $7,000 (semester); $14,000 (year)
What’s included in the cost of the program:
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Intensive study of Jewish texts and though
Accommodations: Included
Intensive Hebrew language study
Upcoming Program Dates:
Meals and dormitory accommodations for the
September 2011 – June 2012 duration of the program
Open To: Women ages 18-30 Supplementary educational programming
including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars,
Contact Info:
and lectures
+972 (0)2 654-4531
neveadmissions@nevey.org
www.Nevey.org/Maalot What’s not included in the cost of the program:
Flights to and from Israel
Personal transportation in Israel
Description Medical insurance
Neve School of General Jewish Studies is Personal expenses
designed for women who wish to increase their Masa Israel visa
Jewish knowledge, improve their learning skills,
and enhance their spiritual growth. For those
with a limited Jewish studies background, Neve
provides the basic knowledge necessary to lead
a true and meaningful Jewish life. For those with
a more extensive background, Neve affords the Other Neve Yerushalayim Institute
opportunity to acquire an in-depth knowledge programs:
Bnos Chava Seminary (see p. 104)
of Jewish texts, a much greater understanding
Bnos Sarah Teacher’s Seminary (see. p 105)
of the Jewish faith, and the skills necessary for
Michlelet Esther (see p. 106)
independent Torah study. The comprehensive
Midreshet Tehillah (see p. 107)
curriculum includes biblical studies, Jewish
Shalhevet (see p. 109)
philosophy, Jewish law, prayer, Jewish history,
and Hebrew language. Courses in morals, ethics,
and psychology are directed to the needs of the
students as women and Jews.

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Neve Yerushalayim: The Jerusalem
College for Jewish Women’s Studies
Shalhevet Program

OVERVIEW
Location: Jerusalem
Duration: Academic year or semester
Cost: $8,500 (semester); $17,000 (year)
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
What’s included in the cost of the program:
Jewish learning and academic courses in a
Accommodations: Included
variety of topics
Upcoming Program Dates: Intensive Hebrew language study
September 2011 – June 2012 Meals and dormitory accommodations for the
Open To: Women ages 17-19 duration of the program

Contact Info: What’s not included in the cost of the program:


+972 (0)2 654-4531 Flights to and from Israel
neveadmissions@nevey.org Personal transportation in Israel
www.Nevey.org Medical insurance
Personal expenses
Masa Israel visa

Description
Shalhevet is a one-year honors course of study
designed for women who have acquired a solid
background in Jewish studies, either as students in
Neve programs or at equivalent institutions. A serious Other Neve Yerushalayim Institute
and mature attitude towards study and advanced programs:
skills in the analysis of Hebrew texts are prerequisites. Bnos Chava Seminary (see p. 104)
The curriculum comprises advanced biblical exegesis Bnos Sarah Teacher’s Seminary (see. p 105)
Michlelet Esther (see p. 106)
using the original Hebrew texts, in-depth study of the
Midreshet Tehillah (see p. 107)
Torah’s legal system, and a broad survey of the major
Neve School for General Jewish Studies
philosophical and sociological issues in Judaism. Study
(see p. 108)
methods include the traditional chavruta (independent
study in pairs), seminar sessions, and independent
study projects.

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Nishmat: The Jeanie Schottenstein
Center for Advanced Torah Study
Shana Ba’aretz

OVERVIEW
Location: Pat neighborhood, Jerusalem
Duration: Academic year
Cost: $21,400
What’s included in the cost of the program:
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Orientation upon arrival
Accommodations: Included Intensive Jewish learning in Gemara, halacha,
Upcoming Program Dates: machshava and Tanach
August 2011 – June 2012 Volunteer placement
Open To: Women ages 17-19 Intensive Hebrew language study
One meal per day and apartment
Contact Info: accommodations for the duration of
(212) 983-6975 the program
info@nishmat.net Supplementary educational programming
www.Nishmat.net including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars,
and lectures

What’s not included in the cost of the program:


Flights to and from Israel
Description Personal transportation in Israel
Nishmat’s Shana Ba’Aretz is a unique program Medical insurance
for recent high school graduates looking for a Personal expenses
challenging year of Torah study in a completely Masa Israel visa
Israeli environment. With its well-deserved
reputation for intensive text-based Torah study,
Nishmat will give you the opportunity to spend
a year in a beautiful Bet Midrash, studying in
chevruta, side-by-side with Nishmat’s advanced
scholars, developing proficiency in Gemara,
halacha, machshava and Tanach. After your Shana
Ba’Aretz year you will be able to pick up a sefer
kodesh on any topic and learn it independently.

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Pnimiyut Seminary
Pnimiyut Chul

OVERVIEW
Location: Ramat Aviv
Duration: Academic year
Cost: $15,000
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000 What’s included in the cost of the program:
Intensive daily study of Jewish texts
Accommodations: Included
and thought
Upcoming Program Dates:
Hebrew language study
August 2011 – June 2012 Volunteer placement
Open To: Women ages 17-19 Meals and accommodations for the duration of
the program
Contact Info: Laundry service
+972 (0)3 643-6895
Supplementary educational programming
including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars,
and lectures
Connection to an Israeli host family
Description Medical insurance
Pnimiyut Chul includes a full day of learning, with
classes in Chassidus, Tanach, Jewish history, Rashi What’s not included in the cost of the program:
Sichos, Halacha and Tanya. Flights to and from Israel
Personal transportation in Israel
Personal expenses
Masa Israel visa

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Yeshivat Sha’alvim
Sha’alvim for Women

OVERVIEW
Location: Malcha, Jerusalem
Duration: Academic Year
Cost: $22,500
What’s included in the cost of the program:
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Intensive study of Jewish topics, including
Accommodations: Included Talmud, Torah, Halacha, Gemara, Musar
Upcoming Program Dates: and more
August 2011 – June 2012 Intensive Hebrew language study
Open To: Women ages 17-20 Meals and dormitory accommodations for the
duration of the program
Contact Info: Laundry service
(718) 677-7200 Supplementary educational programming
office@usshaalvim.org including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars,
www.Shaalvim.org and lectures
Medical insurance

What’s not included in the cost of the program:


Flights to and from Israel
Description
Personal transportation in Israel
At Sha’alvim for Women, young Orthodox women
Personal expenses
are empowered to become independent Torah
Masa Israel visa
learners and Torah thinkers and prepared for a
life dedicated to Torah, Am Yisrael, Eretz Yisrael
and Medinat Yisrael. In a caring and warm
environment infused with ruach and excitement,
you will develop the study habits, learning skills,
and middot to shape your character and guide
you throughout your life. Sha’alvim for Women
provides a warm and caring environment that
engages your mind, your heart and your soul and
helps you grow in yirat shamayim, ahavat HaShem,
derech eretz and avodah shebalev (tefilah).

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Sharei Bina
Women’s Center of
Jewish Studies

OVERVIEW
Location: Tzfat
Duration: Academic year or two
academic years
Cost: $18,000 (year)
What’s included in the cost of the program:
Intensive Jewish learning in a wide range of
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
classic and contemporary Jewish topics,
Accommodations: Included including Chumash, Jewish philosophy, halacha,
Upcoming Program Dates: chasidus, and Women in Torah
September 2011 – June 2012 Intensive Hebrew language study
Open To: Women ages 17-20 Meals and apartment accommodations in Tzfat
for the duration of the program
Contact Info: Supplementary educational programming
+972 (0)4 697-3172 including trips, seminars, dialogues with Israeli
shrshlom@netvision.net.il students, and lectures
www.ShareiBina.com Medical insurance

What’s not included in the cost of the program:


Description Flights to and from Israel
Designed for young women who wish to ignite and Personal transportation in Israel
deepen their connection with Hashem and Torah, Personal expenses
Sharei Bina emphasizes personal growth through Masa Israel visa
learning in the holy city of Tzfat, far away from the
distractions of the city. The seminary’s curriculum
includes a wide range of classic and contemporary
Jewish topics ranging from Chumash and Jewish
Philosophy to Halacha, Chasidus, and Women in Torah.
Classes are taught by highly educated and talented
teachers dedicated to each student’s development.
You will participate in a variety of creative workshops
that include journal writing, art, music and pottery and
monthly tours throughout Israel. Students of Sharei
Bina may receive credit towards a bachelor’s degree at
some North American universities.

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Shearim
College of Jewish Studies
for Women
OVERVIEW
Location: Har Nof, Jerusalem
Duration: Academic year
Cost: $13,000
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Available, but not included What’s included in the cost of the program:
Upcoming Program Dates: Daily study of Jewish texts and thought,
August 2011-June 2012 including classes in Torah, Prophets, Halacha,
Open To: Young women ages 17-20 Jewish Philosophy, and Jewish history
Intensive Hebrew language study
Contact Info: One meal a day and dormitory accommodations
Janis Fine for the duration of the program
(610) 617-0913 Supplementary educational programming
jfine@shearim.com including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars,
www.Shearim.com and lectures
Medical insurance

Description What’s not included in the cost of the program:


She’arim College of Jewish Studies for Women Flights to and from Israel
offers an exceptional approach to education that Personal transportation in Israel
combines personalized teaching, textual study Personal expenses
skills and an integrative approach to personal Masa Israel visa
growth. She’arim relates to each student as a
unique person, individualizing schedules and
classes as necessary. The hallmark of She’arim is the
fostering of a close student-teacher relationship,
the skills and incentive to continue learning, and
the ability to connect with the spiritual side of
Judaism. As a school run by women for women,
She’arim has a special flavor to it. An atmosphere
of mutual cooperation, concern, encouragement
and growth prevails at She’arim. A full range of
Jewish studies including Torah, Prophets, Halacha,
Jewish Philosophy, Hebrew Ulpan and Jewish
history in both lecture and chevruta format.

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Tiferet Center for Advanced
Torah Studies for Women

OVERVIEW
Location: Ramat Beit Shemesh
Duration: Academic year
Cost: $22,200
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Available and included What’s included in the cost of the program:
in tuition Daily study of Jewish texts and thought
Upcoming Program Dates: Community service and volunteering
Meals and dormitory accommodations for the
August 2011 – June 2012
duration of the program
Open To: Women ages 17-20
Supplementary educational programming
Contact Info: including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars,
Tiferet Center and lectures
+972 (0)2 999-7957
info@tiferetcenter.com What’s not included in the cost of the program:
www.TiferetCenter.com Flights to and from Israel
Personal transportation in Israel
Personal expenses
Medical insurance
Description Masa Israel visa
Whether you’re immersed in a thought-provoking
class or involved in an animated discussion, or whether
you’re in a teacher’s home, Tiferet will provide you
with the most inspiring learning experience you can
imagine. Tiferet is a religious-Zionist school that offers
you an all-encompassing Israel experience that appeals
to the mind, body and soul. You will broaden your
understanding and knowledge of Judaism and build a
closer connection to Torah, Am Yisrael, Eretz Yisrael and
Medinat Yisrael. The chesed (acts of kindness) program
at Tiferet lets you translate your Torah knowledge into
action. There is a large variety of opportunities to choose
from, including packing food for needy families, aiding
victims of terror, helping new immigrants, and more.

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Tomer Devorah Seminary
Institute of Advanced
Studies for Women
OVERVIEW
Location: Ramot, Jerusalem
Duration: Academic year
Cost: $20,500
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Available, but not included What’s included in the cost of the program:
Upcoming Program Dates: Daily study of Jewish texts and thought
August 2011 – June 2012 Community service and volunteering
Intensive Hebrew language study
Open To: Women ages 17-20
Two meals a day and dormitory accommodations
Contact Info: for the duration of the program
Mrs. Shevy Lowinger Supplementary educational programming
(773) 262-0208 including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars,
info@tomerdevorah.net and lectures
www.TomerDevorah.net Medical insurance

What’s not included in the cost of the program:


Flights to and from Israel
Description Personal transportation in Israel
The bedrock of the Tomer Devorah educational Personal expenses
philosophy is that in order to maximize growth, Masa Israel visa
a student must have the very best educational
opportunities open to her along with an
environment that is maximally conducive to
introspection, maturing and personal character
development. As a Tomer Devorah student, you
will have many opportunities to delve into the
particular areas of Torah law and philosophy that
you, as an individual, have a personal interest
in pursuing. The core curriculum consists of a
wide range of fundamental topics that form the
backbone of Torah knowledge for any Jewish
woman. Elective courses include classroom courses
taught in school and an afternoon Beit Midrash.

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Yeshivat Etzion
Migdal Oz: The Stella K.
Abraham Beit Midrash
for Women
OVERVIEW
Location: Gush Etzion
Duration: Academic year
Cost: $20,000
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000 What’s included in the cost of the program:
Orientation upon arrival
Accommodations: Included
Intensive Jewish learning in the subjects of
Upcoming Program Dates:
Gemara, Halacha, Tanach, and Jewish Thought
August 2011 - June 2012 Intensive Hebrew language study
Open To: Orthodox women ages 18-20 Meals and accommodations for the duration of
the program
Contact Info: Supplementary educational programming
+972 (0)2 993-4520
including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars,
susans@etzion.org.il and lectures
www.skamigdaloz.org Medical insurance

What’s not included in the cost of the program:


Description Flights to and from Israel
The Migdal Oz Beit Midrash for women is built upon a Personal transportation in Israel
conviction that the world of Torah and limmud serves Personal expenses
as the primary focal point from which each student Masa Israel visa
can blossom and deepen her connection to Hashem. In
addition to intellectual endeavors, the program provides
you the opportunity to face challenges in the spiritual
realm, striving for constant effort and growth in Yirat
Shamayim and commitment to Halacha. The program
for overseas students is completely integrated into the
Israeli program and is ideal for students with a serious
commitment to Torah study who wish to progress in
their avodat Hashem while developing a strong bond
with Israel. Its curriculum focuses on four major areas:
Gemara, Halacha, Tanach, and Jewish Thought and is
unique among programs for young women in that the
bulk of study revolves around the Beit Midrash.

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Mechina (Preparatory)
Programs for Israeli
Universities

Note: The prices listed in this catalog are for the academic year 2010-2011 and are subject to change at the sole
118 discretion of the program organizer. Contact the organizer of your program of choice directly for the most current pricing.
Ariel University Center of Samaria
ATZil Preparatory Program

OVERVIEW
Location: Ariel
Duration: Semester or academic year
Cost: $8,000 (semester); $15,000 (year)
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $3,000 - $4,500
Accommodations: Included
Upcoming Program Dates:
Spring: February – May 2011 What’s included in the cost of the program:
Fall: October 2011 – February 2012 Courses to prepare for university-level study
Year: October 2011 – May 2012 in Israel
Open To: High school graduates Volunteer placement
Intensive Hebrew language study
Contact Info: Connection to an Israeli host family
Dr. Nitza Davidovich
Meals and accommodations for the duration of
+972-(0)3-906-6103
the program
d.nitza@ariel.ac.il
Supplementary educational programming
www.Ariel.ac.il
including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars,
and lectures
Medical insurance
Description
The Ariel University Center’s ATZil (Academics, Torah, What’s not included in the cost of the program:
and Zionism) Mechina program offers high-school Flights to and from Israel
graduates of all ages an opportunity to complete or Transportation in Israel
improve matriculation (Bagrut) grades and improve Personal expenses
their chances of acceptance into specific undergraduate Masa Israel visa
program at the Ariel University Center. The program is
designed for applicants who currently do not meet the
admission requirements of their program of choice.
The final Mechina grade is taken into consideration,
and Mechina graduates are exempt from submitting a Other Ariel University of Samaria
psychometric score with their applications.. Participants programs for high school
have the option to participate in community service in graduates:
the Ariel community, and program graduates may elect ATZil: Engineering and Exact Science
to continue to full-time programs and earn a degree (see p. 8)
at the University. Credits can be used toward degree-
programs in Israel and are generally transferable to
universities abroad.

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Bar Ilan University
Mechina Program

OVERVIEW
Location: Ramat Gan/Tel Aviv
Duration: Academic year
Cost: $8,750
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Available, but not included
Upcoming Program Dates:
Spring entrance: January – August 2011 What’s included in the cost of the program:
Fall entrance: August 2011 – June 2012 Compulsory courses in Hebrew, English, Math,
Open To: Undergraduate students Government, and Judaic Studies
ages 18-21 Elective courses in sociology, psychology,
economics, chemistry, biology and physics
Contact Info:
Intensive Hebrew language study
Haya Nadivi
Supplementary educational programming
Office of the Dean of Students
including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars
+972 (0)3 531-8653
mechina.office@mail.biu.ac.il and lectures
www.biu.ac.il/Dean/Mechina.shtml Medical insurance

What’s not included in the cost of the program:


Flights to and from Israel
Description Transportation in Israel
The Mechina (preparatory) Program at Bar-Ilan Books and learning materials
University is an intensive year of study aimed at Accommodations for the duration of
preparing participants for academic life in Israel. the program
Mechina consists of intensive Hebrew language Meals and personal expenses
Masa Israel visa
study (approximately 25 hours per week), followed
by two academic semesters of 30 hours of intensive
Hebrew language study plus Jewish Studies,
mathematics or statistics, Israeli geography and
government, and introductory level academic
courses based on possible career choices. You Other Bar Ilan University
will apply to a regular department at the start of programs for recent high
the second semester. Immigrant students with no school graduates:
background in Judaism must study three very basic Israel Experience (see p. 9)
noncredit courses as a prerequisite for taking the
regular Jewish Studies courses.

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The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Mechina Program

OVERVIEW
Location: Jerusalem
Duration: Academic year
Cost: $13,705
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Available, but not included What’s included in the cost of the program:
Upcoming Program Dates: Orientation upon arrival
August 2011 – July 2012 Intensive Hebrew language study
Open To: High school graduates Academic and career counseling
Supplementary educational programming
Contact Info: including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars
Dr. Janet Alperstein and lectures
(800) 404-8622 or (212) 607-8520 Special Masa Israel visa
hebrewu@hebrewu.com
www.HebrewU.com What’s not included in the cost of the program:
Flights to and from Israel
Transportation in Israel
Books and other course materials
Meals and personal expenses
Medical insurance available for an
Description
additional fee
The Preparatory Program for new immigrants at The
Apartment accommodations for the duration
Hebrew University of Jerusalem provides recent high
of the program
school graduates and recently discharged soldiers who
plan to continue their undergraduate studies in Israel
an introduction to academic studies and intensive
language instruction. The year-long program serves
as a gateway to the Hebrew-speaking Israeli society, Other Hebrew University of
while helping the student refine the skills needed for Jerusalem programs for high
regular university studies. In general, the program school graduates:
consists of intensive language instruction and courses Freshman/Academic Gap Year Program
in mathematics, Israel studies, history, introductory (see p. 11)
university courses, and academic skills. Rothberg Academic Partnership Program
(see p. 12)

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The Israel Experience
Nachshon –The Israeli Mechina
OVERVIEW
Location: Metzudat Yoav or Kibbutz Shoval,
southern Israel
Duration: Academic year
Cost: $12,500
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Included
Upcoming Program Dates:
August 2011 – June 2012 What’s included in the cost of the program:
Open To: High school graduates ages 17-20 Courses in Judaism, Israeli history, Zionism,
environmental studies, and more
Contact Info: Intensive Hebrew language study
Gilad Olshtein Weekly volunteering
Tel: +972-8-689-6891 Meals and accommodations for the duration of
info@m-nachshon.org the program
orlysh@israelexperience.org.il Supplementary educational programming
www.M-Nachshon.org including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars,
and lectures
Medical insurance
Description
Nachshon is a gap year program both for Israeli What’s not included in the cost of the program:
young adults and Jewish graduates from the Flights to and from Israel
Diaspora that emphasizes social leadership Personal transportation in Israel
development. The program focuses on study of a Personal expenses
wide range of subjects including Judaism, Israeli Masa Israel visa
history, Zionism, environmental studies, current
events and more. Learning at Nachshon is not
confined to the classroom: during the year, you
will have the opportunity to participate in field
trips and excursions throughout Israel, including Other Israel Experience programs
challenging journeys on foot, an outdoor survival for high school graduates:
week, themed trips, experiential army activities, Bezalel Art Experience (see p. 52)
and more organized by participants themselves Magen David Adom Ambulance
(with guidance from Nachshon staff). If you are Volunteer Program (see p. 53)
looking to be in a Hebrew speaking environment Rimon Music Experience (see p. 54)
with your Israeli peers while taking an active role
in exploring the country and giving back to your
community, Nachshon is the program for you.

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Tel Aviv University
Mechina Program

OVERVIEW
Location: Tel Aviv
Duration: Academic year
Cost: $11,950
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000
Accommodations: Available, but not included What’s included in the cost of the program:
Upcoming Program Dates: Certificate of preparation for academic study
July 2011 – July 2012 in Hebrew
Open To: High school graduates Intensive Hebrew language study
Prerequisites: Mathematics entrance Academic advisory and counseling services
examination, Hebrew and English Supplementary educational programming
including field trips, overnight hikes, seminars
placement tests
and lectures
Contact Info: Books and learning materials
Ms. Orit Malachi Student union membership and security fees
exchange@post.tau.ac.il Medical insurance
www.TelAvivUniv.org
What’s not included in the cost of the program:
Flights to and from Israel
Dormitory accommodations available for an
Description additional fee
The Preparatory Program for new Olim (immigrants) at Transportation in Israel
Tel Aviv University is a one-year program designed for Meals and personal expenses
newcomers and foreign students who have graduated Masa Israel visa
high school and wish to pursue academic studies in
Israel. The goal of the program is to bridge the gap
between overseas and Israeli high school study curricula
and provide accreditation that will enable students to Other Tel Aviv University
pursue degree programs at the University; to provide Programs for high school
students with intensive preparation for academic graduates:
studies; familiarize students with Hebrew, the teaching Fairleigh Dickinson University Gap Year
language of the University; to provide basic knowledge (see p. 14)
and understanding of Israel and Jewish history; and to Freshman Year Program (see p. 15)
acquaint students with study tracks at the University.

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Tzofim (Israel Scouts)
Garin Tzabar

OVERVIEW
Location: A kibbutz in Israel
Duration: Entire army service
Cost: $7,000
Estimated Masa Israel Grant: $1,000 What’s included in the cost of the program:
Accommodations: Included Preparation with a group for and support
Upcoming Program Dates: during service in the Israeli army
August 2011 Apartment accommodations
Open To: Ages 18-22 Supplementary educational programming
including trips, seminars, and lectures.
Contact Info: Medical insurance
Einav Zamir
(212) 451-6282 What’s not included in the cost of the program:
garin@israelscouts.org Flights to and from Israel
www.IsraelScouts.org Meals and personal expenses
Masa Israel visa

Description
The members of your Garin Tzabar, a group
for Diaspora Jews and children of Israelis who
choose to move to Israel and serve in the IDF,
are adopted by the Israel Scouts and placed in a
hosting kibbutz that quickly becomes their home
away from home throughout the duration of Other Tzofim programs for high
their army service. Once arriving in Israel, your school graduates:
Garin unit is helped through your absorption Shnat Sherut (see p. 30)
into the state of Israel. You will participate in
seminars with educators and soldiers to build
a solid Garin unit and to prepare for your army
service. Members of the Garin will also build a
solid foundation of Hebrew and Israeli history
and culture. The program is largely funded by the
Ministry of Immigrant Absorption.

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