Live, Learn and Volunteer in Tel Aviv with Israelis!
What is BINA Gap?
BINA LEAP Mechina you will take part in critical and interactive learning about Israeli society, Jewish topics and Hebrew language. The Gap Year Program offers the opportunity to make a difference with diverse populations in need in South Tel Aviv. You'll do all of this with Israeli peers as the program is a fully immersive experience. During the year you'll take the LEAP to the San Francisco Bay Area in order to explore Jewish peoplehood, learning, and social action in the Diaspora!
Who is BINA?
BINA: The Jewish Movement for Social Change strengthens Israel as a democratic and pluralistic society by emphasizing Judaism as a culture and the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam ("repairing the world"). BINA designs and implements programming for Jews from Israel and around the world. Their service-learning programs aim to inspire lifelong appreciation and engagement in education and social justice.
How will I spend my time on Gap?
You will study, volunteer and live side-by-side with Israeli peers, celebrating Shabbat services and holidays together. You will engage in meaningful volunteer assignments in your community in south Tel Aviv. Highly experienced counselors and mentors at BINA, with their personal commitment to social justice, will provide close supervision and guidance in each of your volunteer assignments. You will study classical Jewish texts, Jewish philosophy, social justice and Israeli studies, taught by experienced scholars and educators.. You will take a role in shaping your year and the year of your fellow group members, being a part of different committees, and planning trips and events all around the country.
How do international participants fit into an Israeli program?
BINA Gap is an English speaking track within an Israeli mechina. Some of your time will be with the international gap participants only, but most of your time will be with your Israeli peers, planning activities together, learning Hebrew to improve your understanding, and building lifelong bonds with Israelis. The gap will have their own apartment, but situated in the same building as the mechina apartments so you're never far away from your Israeli friends.
For more information, please contact:
Admissions and Recruitment Coordinator
Israel (+972) 52 603 3665
USA (+1) (646) 883-5105