Choosing a Gap Year Program in Israel
Spending a year in Israel gives you the opportunity to develop a fundamental pride and understanding in your Judaism, and establish a lifelong connection to Israel.
Here are a some questions to consider when choosing a gap year program in Israel
- Why are you interested in going to Israel? What are your goals?
- What type of students and teachers do you want to surround yourself with?
- How much Jewish and Hebrew background are needed for a specific school?
- How immersive is the program?
- Is the program more American or more Israeli?
- Does the program focus on text or is it more discussion based?
- Is the program more classroom based or less formal?
- Are you looking for a more flexible or structured schedule?
- Do you have a specific location you want to be based in?
- What extracurricular activities are important to you?
- What are the accommodations, Shabbat and holiday Policies?
- What are the costs and financial aid options?
- How large or small is the school and the different class tracks?
What Yeshiva/Seminary Offers
Yeshiva and Seminary are not only great study abroad opportunities, but are unique experiences where students can ask deep questions, engage in thought provoking discussions with dynamic teachers, and challenge themselves both academically and theologically. The array of classes and conversations held in gap year yeshivas and seminaries are unparalleled.
The Yeshiva and Seminary gap year experience includes
- A structured environment that promotes exploring their roots, immersing themselves in their culture, and experience the Jewish homeland in a way they never thought possible
- Built-in sense of community between students
- Support from staff/administration