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Israel Programs

USY High in Israel
When you go to Israel on USY High, not only will you be with USYers from all over North America, but you will get to know the Jewish homeland in an exciting and unique way. Israel's 4,000 years of history will come alive as you learn in the classroom and experience it first hand on hikes and tours.
USY High gives you the opportunity to experience Israel the USY way, with ruach-filled Shabbatonim, daily tefillot (services), and activities with NOAM, the Masorti (Conservative) youth movement in Israel. You'll see things that stir your emotions and feel things that touch your heart. USY High will strengthen your personal Kesher (connection) with Israel as well as your understanding of what it means to be a Conservative Jew.

USY Israel Pilgrimage
Spend your summer with USY for a complete introduction to the land of Israel. You'll be exposed to the history and contemporary realities of Judaism and Israel. Climb the fortress of Masada, explore the stalactite caves of Netifim, swim in the waters of the Kinneret, pray at the Kotel, and drink tea in a Bedouin tent on the sands of the Negev desert. You'll experience these sights and sounds with new friends who share your love of the Jewish homeland.

Eastern Europe/Israel Pilgrimage
Discover the unique cities of Eastern Europe, from the towering spires of Hungary and the Czech Republic to the countryside of Poland. Learn about the past, present, and future of these unique Jewish communities, including visits to concentration camps. Then spend four weeks of follow-up in Israel, discovering Jewish life and culture in the present.

Poland Seminar /Israel Pilgrimage
Explore Jewish life in Poland, followed by five weeks of renewal in Israel. A full week is spent discovering the history and culture of Polish Jewry, including visits to the concentration camps of Sobibor, Majdanek, Auschwitz, Birkenau, and Treblinka. Poland Seminar also includes city tours of Warsaw, Cracow and Lublin. 
Spain/Israel Pilgrimage
Explore the great Jewish heritage of Spain including many famous philosophers, commentators, writers, and poets, such as Maimonides, Abarbanel, Ibn Ezra, Ramban and Ibn Gvirol. Discover an important side of Jewish Spain. In the words of Yehuda Halevy, “My heart is in the East and I am in the West.”

Etgar! Outdoor Adventure Israel
This five week program is for those who have already participated in the Israel Pilgrimage or a similar program. Go beyond the souvenir stands and discover the Israeli side of Israel. Meet the challenge of study combined with volunteer work, hiking, and interaction with NOAM, USY's sister movement in Israel.
Camp Ramah Lilmod UleLamed:
A Year of Learning and Working in Israel (http://www.ramah.org.il/programs/lilmod.html#program)
Program Design
  • First Semester:In the fall you will begin a semester of intensive study at the Conservative Yeshiva. Besides studying classical Jewish texts (such as Tanach and Talmud) on your level, you will also study Hebrew language and participate in a specially designed ongoing seminar on Informal Education in Israel Experience Programs.
  • Second Semester:Beginning in December, January or February you will be assigned work as an educator/Madrich/a with one or more of the winter/spring Ramah Israel programs.
  • Summer: Participants in the program are expected to work at a Ramah Camp or with the Ramah Israel Seminar (and will receive a salary bonus of $500 if they should do so).
Tichon Ramah Yerushalayim (Ramah's Jerusalem High School)

TRY stands for Tichon Ramah Yerushalayim, Ramah's Jerusalem High School. TRY offers a very special 16-week program for 10th and 11th grade students from North America every year during the spring semester.

Tichon Ramah Yerushalayim (TRY) is:
  • a high-level academic semester for 10th and 11th graders
  • a fully accredited program of General Studies
  • a fun and intensive Hebrew language program
  • a core course focusing on Zionism and contemporary Israel
  • extensive outings throughout Israel
  • tefilah, Shabbat and holiday programming
  • an international campus, housing students from Israel, Ethiopia, France and Yugoslavia
  • interaction with Israeli teens and families through home hospitality
  • an enriching Jewish lifestyle

MAROM Program at Ben Gurion University
The MAROM Sustainable Development and Environmental Justice Academic Program: Be "Green"  Spring 2009 in Israel. New one-semester study abroad option in Judaism and Environmental Studies at Ben Gurion University in cooperation with the Masorti Movement.
Click here for details!