The Progressive Jewish Gap Year in Israel

Shnat Netzer is Netzer Olami flagship gap year program, operating for more than two decades for hundreds of participants from all over the world. 

This year, 2021-2022, Shnat Netzer is excited to partner with Noar Telem, Israel’s Reform Youth Movement, and reshape the gap year experience to focus on: social action, leadership and volunteerism in Israel and across the Reform Movement, and personal connections with Israelis.

Our two session options are:

• October 2021 - June 2022  |  for Northern Hemisphere participants

• February - August 2022  |  for Southern Hemisphere participants

with 3 months (June - August) spent leading on Reform and Progressive Jewish summer camps in North America (through URJ) and Europe (through Netzer Olami) 


Masa Gap Year programs offer college-bound high school graduates a year of valuable life experience before college, with Israel providing the perfect environment for them to explore their interests, identity, and future steps. Through a combination of academic coursework, volunteering, traveling, and an immersive experience in Israeli society, Fellows return home with the life skills to make the most out of their college experience. Learn more about Masa here.

Shnat Netzer is grateful to the following organizations for their support - Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael Jewish National Fund and World Zionist Organization.