The Progressive Jewish Gap Year in Israel
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Shnat Netzer is Netzer Olami flagship gap year program, operating for more than two decades for hundreds of participants from the UK, Australia, North America, Europe, Latin America, the Former Soviet Union and more. 

The program operates under the auspices of the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) which oversees and supports regional growth of Progressive and Reform Judaism around the world. Shnat Netzer is also supported in part by Masa Israel Journey, a joint project of the Government of Israel, the Jewish Agency for Israel and its partners.


  • post High School

  • between the ages of 18 and 20

  • interested in making a difference, tikkun olam and volunteerism

  • looking to experience and travel around Israel

  • seeking a meaningful Judaism that is driven by values of human rights, inclusion, and pluralism

  • eager to live with others and make new friends from around the world


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.

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