Hebrew College, Shalom Hartman Institute Launch Gap-Year Program

Hebrew College and the Shalom Hartman Institute today announced the establishment of Hevruta, a 10-month gap-year program in Israel designed to train and nurture a new generation of Jewish leadership in Israel and North America.

The program will enroll its first cohort of 40 students beginning this September. Participants will spend nine months living and studying in Jerusalem and three weeks in Boston, New York City and Washington, D.C.

shalom hartman institute, left, and hebrew college campuses"Hevruta deepens our commitment to engaging and educating young adults, while expanding on our existing study programs based in Israel," said Rabbi Daniel L. Lehmann, president of Hebrew College. "We are excited to learn and lead with our Hevruta participants, raising the bar on American-Israeli discourse."

Rabbi Donniel Hartman, president of the Shalom Hartman Institute, added that the program will create "new models of learning and understanding" that are crucial to sustaining Jewish peoplehood.

“Building on signature curricula such as those developed by our iEngage Project, Hevruta will encourage new modes of cooperation and understanding between Israel and world Jewry set in a warm, nurturing, pluralistic and intellectually and spiritually engaging atmosphere," he said.

The core curriculum will focus on study of contemporary North American and Israeli Jewish life. Classes will be led by renowned faculty from both institutions. The program will also feature leadership training and internships, and robust cultural programming that takes advantage of Jerusalem's rich arts community.

Students will live in quality apartments staffed and supervised by Hevruta administrators.

“By living and learning together, our American and Israeli students will build the foundation for lifelong friendship and partnership,” said Rabbi Or Rose, director of Hebrew College's Center for Global Judaism and a member of the Hevruta faculty. "These relationships will foster meaningful collaboration and promote vibrant Jewish life in the future."

Applications for the program are due by April 1. Full details of the program are available at http://hartman.org.il/hevruta.

For more information or to speak to a Hevruta administrator, contact:

In North America

In Israel

Media should direct their inquiries to:

Alan Abbey
Director of Media and Internet Services
Shalom Hartman Institute


Ken Gornstein
Director, Marketing and Communications
Hebrew College

— Jan. 16, 2014