Gap Year Learning
During your Gap Year, you will learn about a variety of central themes within Judaism and Israel. All of our classes are taught from a pluralist perspective, learning from each individual's knowledge and experience. You'll meet great Jewish philosophers throughout the ages, learn political philosophy, and explore issues in contemporary Israeli society including refugees and social activism.
Classes will take place at BINA's Secular Yeshiva, located within the Botanical Gardens in the heart of south Tel Aviv. BINA's outstanding educators teach in an informal learning atmosphere, supporting open discussion and thought.
You'll begin the program with a period of intensive Ulpan study with qualified Hebrew Ulpan teachers. The Ulpan classes are designed to get your Hebrew to a functional level for your volunteering, day-to-day life, and basic interactions with your Israeli peers. In order to keep improving your Hebrew, participants will continue to have Ulpan throughout the duration of the Gap program. Even if you come with no Hebrew at all, Ulpan will build your skill set in order to prepare you for the fully-immersive second semester.
If you already speak Hebrew fluently, you can be exempt from Ulpan classes, and/or have the opportunity to learn in Hebrew classes with Israeli participants. If you think this might apply to you, please contact us for more information.
Trips & Tours
On BINA's Gap Year in Tel Aviv, you will learn first-hand about Israeli society,
culture, and politics, including encounters with key members in Israeli society,
representing a wide range of leaders and social activists from Tel Aviv-Jaffa
and other parts of the country. Some key figures who have met BINA
participants in the past include Brig. Gen. Yossi Eldar, a veteran of the Yom
Kippur war; MK Stav Shafir; renowned philosopher Prof. Asa Kasher; Israeli
author and novelist Haim Be'er; Journalist and writer Dov Elbaum, and many
In addition, you will go on day tours and excursions throughout Israel,
including tours to Hebron, Jerusalem's Old City, the Negev Desert, the Golan
Heights, and more. Many excursions will be "off the beaten track," such as a
visit to unrecognized Bedouin villages or an encounter with the Druze community in the Carmel.
BINA Gap Year will also join the Israeli Mechina participants on all of the hikes and camping trips throughout the country.
Gap Year Courses
(subject to change)