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Studying in Israel

There are many opportunities for academic learning in Israel – for high schoolers, undergraduates, graduate students and continuing adult education. Broad overviews of study programs in Israel can be found on the two websites listed below. We then list specific institutions attended by congregants or particularly familiar to our professional staff.

The Union for Reform Judaism supports several programs to Israel for high school students, college students, and recent college graduates. For more information click here.

URJ Heller High
Formerly NFTY – EIE

This is one of the few semester and summer academic programs for high school students. B’nai Israel has sent several teens on this program, most recently in the spring of 2019. Talk to Ira Wise about it! Participants continue all of their academic courses and supplement them with Hebrew and Jewish History. As the course reaches a point in history where something significant happened in Israel, the students travel there! Click here for more information.

Masa Israel is a joint project of the Israeli Government and the Jewish Agency for Israel offering young adults the opportunity to spend a semester or up to a year in Israel. Masa Israel is essentially a centralized site for a wide range of educational and volunteer programs. Most participants receive grants or needs-based scholarships to diminish the program cost. For more information click here.


The Netzer Year is a unique 10-month leadership training program in Israel for recent Reform Jewish high school graduates. Click here for more information.

Hebrew University Rothberg International School

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is Israel’s first university and a symbol of the cultural rebirth of the Jewish nation in its ancestral homeland. Some 1,200 visitors from abroad and new immigrants come to its Rothberg International School to pursue degrees or earn credits for transfer. Click here for more information.

Tel Aviv University School for Overseas Students

Offers undergraduate and graduate programs, and semester abroad study, at Israel’s largest academic institution. Click here for more information.

Haifa University International School

The only liberal arts university in the north of Israel offers international students the opportunity to study on a non-degree basis for a summer, semester, or full academic year. Click here for more information.

Ben Gurion University of the Negev

Israel’s youngest research university, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev was founded in 1969. Its purpose is to act as a driving force in the development of the Negev, a desert area comprising more than two thirds of the country.  A variety of study options for international students are available. Click here for more information.

Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies

A Jerusalem-based institute that immerses students in the study of classical Jewish texts. Click here for more information.

Yakar Center for Tradition and Creativity

An open community in Jerusalem, which brings together Jews from different backgrounds and orientations for learning, prayer, and social action. For more information click here.


The Jeanie Schottenstein Center for Advanced Torah Study for Women, located in Jerusalem.  Click here for more information.

Career Israel

A five-month professional internship program open to college/university graduates all over the world, providing placements in leading companies and organizations in the private and public sectors in Israel in every field. Click here for more information.

Kibbutz Ulpan

A 5 month work-study program where participants learn conversational Hebrew, work on the kibbutz, and take part in the rich Kibbutz culture. For more information click here.

For additional Israel study and travel opportunities see RJ Israel:  Your Portal to Reform Jewish Israel Programs.