Program

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Based in Jerusalem, Shnatties learn, explore, and build their own global Progressive and Reform Jewish community through volunteer service and social action activities. Participants live independently in flats and receive support and guidance from trained program staff and accompanying health and welfare professionals. 

This year, Shnat Netzer participants will live together with Shnat Sheirut participants from Noar Telem, the youth movement of the Israel Movement for Progressive and Reform Judaism. 

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Together, they will:

  • explore Israeli society as they travel across the country;

  • meet and learn from Israeli Reform Jews making a difference in Israel;

  • hone their leadership skills through coursework and service;

  • learn and practice Hebrew;

  • understand Zionism, Israeli history, and more from first-hand encounters;

  • social impact;

  • create friendships with progressive Jews from Israel and around the world.

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During the year, participants travel to explore historical, political, cultural and social issues, meet change-makers, thought-leaders, activists, and educators working to improve Israeli society. Classes and workshops will incorporate the values of Progressive Judaism and Progressive Zionism in an informal educational setting. 

 

Examples of classes and workshops include:

Morality in Judaism, Hebrew language, Jewish identity, Zionism, leadership practice, Political economies and social inequality, “Jewish bookshelf”, the greatest Jewish ideas, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, community building, Israeli culture, innovation, social activism, and social impact.

Please note: all Shnat Netzer activities are subject to change owing to restrictions and responses to Covid-19 by the Israeli Government and related program partner operators.

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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.