It has become increasingly popular to spend a year traveling or volunteering between high school and college. Exotic gap year programs have sprouted up in every corner of the globe. Why should you choose a program in Israel from all of the available possibilities?
In today's world, most high school students have multiple identities – student, athlete, social activist, artist, Jewish, and more! The Bridge year intertwines the different elements of your identity into an incredibly rich experience that will speak to you on every level. Not only will you expand your global horizons by spending time in Israel, but you will also be exposed to new ways of looking at history, with personal relevance, and so much more – all through a Jewish lens. This perspective will give you an opportunity to learn more about yourself and to find out what energizes you, what confounds you, what inspires you, and what your passions are.
Choosing to do something extraordinary before starting college will allow you the space to grow into a mature, independent individual as you start the next phase of your life. Choosing to spend that year in Israel will build a foundation that will create meaning and connection in today's rapidly changing world. These programs offer everything that a gap year experience should, and goes beyond by connecting you to your values - chesed, community, and a lifelong connection to our people.
While traveling in Israel, you will not only be awed by the history, but also by the sheer diversity of the people that you encounter. Over the course of the year, you will see yourself less and less as a visitor, and more and more as part of the story itself. It might even inspire you to see yourself as a link in the chain that connects us through time and distance. This is an opportunity to decide for yourself how, when, and where YOU relate to our people, our Land, and our Judaism.
As time goes by, you will surprise yourself by asking questions that you might never have thought to ask! The Bridge Year in Israel goes from the classroom, and delves into the unique parts of Israel to try and understand what makes this country (and our people) tick. But even more importantly, you will come away from your Bridge-Year in Israel challenged, excited, and inspired to continue your own journey of self-discovery.
Enjoy this your gap year exploration, we have access to programs and representatives want to meet you. If you have any further questions or need help in the Gap-Year/college process please contact me.
With best wishes for Finding Your Right Direction
Phyllis Folb-Executive Director
American Israel Gap-Year Association
Find Your Right Direction
College/Gap Year Advising
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