hebrew college students in jerusalem

Experiencing Israel Firsthand

Building Connections, Engaging Complexity

Personal knowledge of and experience living in Israel is a critical component of Hebrew College's rabbinic education.

You and your classmates will spend Year 3 in Israel, where you’ll cultivate a personal relationship with the land and its people, and engage with the complexities of contemporary Israeli history, thought, and society. Through a combination of Hebrew language instruction, intensive text study, "mifgashim" (encounters) with Israelis, special seminars and "tiyyulim" (trips) and volunteer work in Israeli communities and organizations, you’ll gain a new appreciation for the joy, wonder and complications of Israeli culture.

The classes are designed specifically to maintain continuity with the Hebrew College curriculum and community, yet give you the flexibility to study at a variety of approved Israeli institutions. In an Israel seminar, you’ll learn alongside some of the country’s leading thinkers and activists from across the religious, cultural and political spectrum, gaining greater insight into Israeli life and acquiring a deeper appreciation for the important role it plays in today’s rabbinate.