Location: Tel Aviv-Jaffa
Dates: Full Year: August-June (10 months)
Half Year: August-January (5 months).
Level of Religious Observance: Pluralistic/Secular
Program Language: English & Hebrew
Tuition: Full Year: $17,000 USD
Half Year: $10,500 USD
Live, Learn and Volunteer in Tel Aviv with Israelis!
What is BINA Gap?
BINA Gap offers high school graduates a unique opportunity to experience 10 months in Israel alongside Israelis their own age in Tel Aviv, Israel's most exciting city. Program participants will engage in meaningful social action in the community in which they live, and explore the Jewish bookshelf from a pluralistic and progressive perspective.
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?
Social Action Learning Group Life
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 from the very first week you will be integrating with your Israeli peers, planning activities together, learning Hebrew to improve your understanding, and building lifelong bonds with Israelis. Almost all the program is completely integrated, with only a couple hours a week spent separately. The gap will have their own apartment, but situated in the same building as the mechina apartments so your never far away from your Israeli friends.
For more information, please contact:
Director of Recruitment and Admissions