Long Term Programs

Nativ

Nativ is a challenging academic year program dedicated to creating and inspiring the Conservative Jewish leaders of tomorrow. Nativ, which means path in Hebrew, provides the unique opportunity for recent high school graduates to learn about themselves and explore new directions along the journey to becoming a Jewish adult. From September to June, Nativ participants engage themselves in the rich and diverse society of Israel, exploring the land and enjoying a fulfilling Conservative Jewish lifestyle, which includes university or yeshiva studies, and innovative leadership training. Nativers also have the opportunity to earn college credits for their studies during this year of discovery.

A true year of exploration, Nativ provides the freedom for personal discovery as well as the security of a carefully structured program. This unforgettable experience is created through an intricate balance between academics and volunteer work, learning and teaching, personal growth and community living. Participants on Nativ return from the year with an enhanced attachment to the land of Israel as well as a deeper passion for Judaism, enthusiastic to share with their communities what they’ve learned. They can also choose the Ulpan/Community Service option to enhance their Hebrew language skills and immerse themselves in the community. For the spring semester, Nativers choose between kibbutz living and community service. Throughout the year they will participate in tiyulim, leadership seminars and volunteer work around Jerusalem and other parts of the country.

The program is for High school graduates (pre-college gap year) and the program is divided into two semesters; First semester: The Fuchsberg Center for Conservative Judaism in Jerusalem. Second semester: Various placements around Israel (kibbutz or community volunteer)

Please contact Yossi Garr, Nativ Director.
Phone: +972-2-6256386 ext 216 or email: garr@uscj.org

Nativ Gesher’Track

This program focuses on the centrality of Israel for one’s Jewish identity while creating a relationship with Masorti communities in Europe. The program will match an academic semester during its first half, with the participants spending the holidays in Jerusalem and then heading up north to study in Oranim College, Israel’s leading education school, located outside of Haifa, and to participate in an Ulpan program. Nativ-Gesher students will also have opportunities to explore northern Israel through field trips and weekly volunteer work. The second semester will be centered around two stays in European cities, including Budapest, Berlin, and London, each for a four to five week period. In each location the volunteer projects will be people-based and will include work in kindergartens and Hebrew schools, as well as conducting special programming and partaking in group activities and local cultural events.

The primary goal of this program is to give participants an active role in the bigger picture of the international Masorti community. Through working in these communities, and not only touring, participants will gain a deep understanding of Jewish life and Masorti life in Europe. Living in Israel for the beginning of the program will not only accomplish the overarching Nativ program goal of connecting with the land and the people there, but it will give more substance to serving the European communities. As the name embodies, this program will create a Gesher – a bridge – for participants between life in the Jewish homeland and Diaspora communities.

This program is for High school graduates (pre-college gap year) and is for two semesters; First semester in Israel, second semester in Europe with returns to the Fuchsberg Center for Conservative Judaism in Jerusalem between the European trips.

Please contact Yossi Garr, Director of Nativ.
Phone: +972-2-6256386 ext 216 or email: garr@uscj.org