Havayah (Hebrew for “experience”) is a 10-day trip to Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, in which 20 teens from Boston join teens from Haifa and Ukraine in running an English-language vacation camp for children at the Jewish day school in Dnepropetrovsk. The Havayah model empowers teens to lead using the full power of an informal Jewish educational experience in a variety of fascinating environments. The results are nothing short of astounding and transformational for participants in the program.
Havayah allows each participant to establish deep personal relationships while at the same time empowering a group of teens to work together and create an educational program for children in Dnepropetrovsk. Havayah helps to build leadership skills amongst each participant while putting these skills to use throughout their experience. It is a unique opportunity to explore one’s roots while working to understand one’s own place within the Jewish community.
During the past 14 years, nearly 400 teens from Boston, Haifa and Dnepropetrovsk have participated in Havayah and joined to share and strengthen their Jewish identities with the Jewish community of Dnepropetrovsk. Havayah has allowed the participants to develop leadership skills while discovering the powerful common links that exist amongst the three communities. Whether it has involved teaching students in the Jewish Day school, singing with the Bet Baruch choir, working with a child at the Special Needs Center at Bet Hannah or just having powerful and meaningful discussions with our friends from Ukraine and Israel, Havayah has strengthened the Jewish identity of the Americans, Israelis and Ukrainians in a way that creates lifelong friendships and a deeper commitment to K’lal Yisrael, while building a sense of belonging to a global Jewish community.
Havayah is a life-changing experience that has transformed the lives of its participants. Don’t miss out on a chance to participate in this transformative experience.
Pirke Dorot is Prozdor's groundbreaking pilot program with our sister school in Haifa, the Hebrew Reali School. Thanks to a generous grant from CJP, we have, over the past three years, completely overhauled our ninth- to 11th-grade core curriculum to focus on Israel, and also shared the joy of student travel exchanges with more than 125 students from Prozdor and Reali.
Our annual ninth-grade trip to Israel, and our annual hosting of Reali 10th-graders, is unquestionably one of the hallmarks of Prozdor in 2012. Building on our shared learning and curriculum, the power of the peer travel experience creates lasting and meaningful connections between students and families in Boston and Haifa, and between Prozdor and Reali.
Beyond the uniqueness of our teachers and classrooms, Prozdor offers its students the chance to literally see the world on peer travel experiences.
Recent destinations and trips have included:
- Camp Yavneh Shabbaton
- New York City
- Washington, D.C.
- The American South