The Progressive Jewish Gap Year in Israel
Netzer Olami is the global youth movement for engaging youth and young adults in Progressive and Reform Judaism. With 16 branches around the world, we strive to empower and educate youth and young adults with a meaningful Judaism that reflects their individual beliefs and values and forms the stepping stones for leading Progressive Jewish lives.
Shnat Netzer is our 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.
We operate 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. Our Israel programs are also supported in part by Masa Israel Journey, a joint project of the Government of Israel, the Jewish Agency for Israel and its partners.
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Move into our downtown Jerusalem flat, make new friends from around the world and learn together about independent living and community building. Travel around Israel to explore historical, political, cultural and social issues. Meet the change-makers, thought-leaders, activists and educators working to improve Israeli society.
Head to Haifa to integrate deeper into Israeli society: experience social, cultural and political issues first-hand as we meet and volunteer with Israelis working in communal and social action projects across the city that improve the lives of Israeli Jewish and Arab residents. Practice your Hebrew as you make friends with young Israelis from Noar Telem, the Israeli Progressive youth movement.
*Optional program feature, additional costs may apple
Shnat Netzer 2020 will feature extension programs for the first time ever so you can dive deeper into those issues that you care most about – in Israel and around the world. Options include: lead on a Progressive Jewish camp; intern in a Progressive Jewish community; provide humanitarian aid with Project TEN; assist emergency responders from Magen David Adom; or build your opportunity.