Jewish Leadership

At the Israel Experience, we take your development as a Jewish leader seriously, and we also seek to help you develop skills that will benefit you professionally and personally. There are 4 leadership tracks to choose from:

Beit Midrash Program

  • This track is for students who want to even more Jewish learning than the 3-4 hours of Judaic courses provided daily.
  • Participants are matched with their choice of staff member for a weekly one-on-one learning session on the topic of their choice.
  • One evening a week, students participate in a ‘chabura night’ where they learn in small groups under the guidance of educators.
  • One evening a week, a special guest lecturer speaks on a contemporary spiritual topic.
  • There are also options to attend yeshiva/seminary during vacation time and free Shabbats.

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Chessed/Community Service

  • Select from a range of weekly volunteer options including: underprivileged youth, animal shelter, developing-world children in need of heart surgery, and more.
  • This is a great way to make a difference in Israel, as well as connect with the Israeli people.

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Israel Advocacy training

  • This course educates, trains and inspires students to advocate for Israel against the anti-Israel propaganda prevalent at North American universities.
  • Participants learn the history and politics of Israel, explore aspects of the Arab-Israeli conflict, receive advanced training on communicating for Israel and answering difficult questions, and gain resources for campus activism.
  • The course alternates between weekly expert lectures, interactive workshops, and eye-opening field trips. 
  • In partnership with Jerusalem U

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Magen David Adom first responder course

  • Participants spend one semester training to be a first-responder medic at a Magen David Adom facility.
  • Once certified, the second semester volunteer hours are spent doing full ambulance shifts.
  • This is a unique opportunity to gain hands-on skills and experience, especially if one is interested in a career in medicine.

Students are required to select only 1 leadership track, but may choose up to 3 tracks, schedule permitting.