Gap Year Central

Welcome to the NCSY and JSU hub for Israel gap year resources including upcoming events, FAQ’s, financial aid information and more. Your incredible journey begins here…

Taking a gap year is honestly one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. The guys I met, the friends I made and the people I learned from are all such amazing and genuine people. I gained so much from just a few short months. It’s hard to imagine where I would be now if I hadn’t gone.


- Noah G, Northeast NCSY

I spent my Gap Year in a Seminary in Har Nof, Jerusalem and it was an experience I wouldn’t trade for the world. I was given the opportunity to explore myself and my relationship with God and Judaism while also forming a special bond with the land of Israel. It was a year dedicated to learning and self-reflection while also making long lasting connections with amazing people. My seminary laid the foundation for the person I hope to become and I’m incredibly grateful for it.

- Shirel L, Southern NCSY

Gap Year made Israel my daughter’s home. This experience has been nothing short of incredible. My daughter’s whole life has changed from being a public school JSU teen to making her way to Israel for Gap Year, watching her grow…there’s nothing like it. There’s really no words to describe how incredible Gap Year was for my daughter and how it’s changed not only her life but ours as well. It was an emotional journey but well worth it!

- Mrs. Samantha Shore, Southern NCSY Parent

My gap year experience helped to make me into the person I am today. Because I took the time and energy to get to know myself before I went out into the world and faced society, I was able to create a strong foundation of who I am. I was able to spend a year traveling and exploring Israel and my Jewish roots while also taking the time to see what direction I wanted my life to take with no outside pressures. I was able to become more independent and capable, and I learned how to support myself and my goals. Taking a gap year is in my opinion an invaluable experience that everyone can benefit from.

- Ruchamah B, Midwest NCSY

Gap Year Events

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Accrediting University Programs

Gap Year Programs

Men's Programs

Derech Ohr Somayach
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Yeshivat Lev HaTorah
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Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh
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Women's Programs

Bnot Torah (Sharfman's)
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Meorot Yerushalayim
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Co-Ed Programs

Israel XP at Bar Ilan University
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