Academic Gap Year/Semester Program
The Lirom-Bina Academic Gap Year / Semester program is designed to give students a taste of college in Israel – this means living in a dorm style apartment, taking classes in an accredited Israeli college, and exploring Israel like real Israelis – all with the safety net of a structured program!
The GAP year program contains various parts:
1) Academic studies in Law or Business 2 days a week at the College of Law and Business.
The College of Law and Business has a strong reputation, and has staff who themselves have studied in some of the world's most prestigious universities. Being able to gain credits to either use in Israel or and perhaps abroad is an exciting opportunity.
2) Jewish textual study
These can include: Tanakh (Bible), Mishna, Talmud, Jewish philosophy and contemporary Hebrew literature. Sessions could include studying texts by Rabbi Akiva, Maimonides, Isaiah Leibowitz and more.
3) Tikkun Olam/Social Action
When not studying, students participate in weekly Tikkun Olam (community service) projects in which they get a chance to make a difference in the lives of others. Whether volunteering with the elderly, tutoring English language, working with refugees or promoting coexistence, Lirom Academic Gap Year participants have a weekly opportunity to give back to the community. There will be many opportunities to volunteer, including:
* Tutoring in public schools in underprivileged neighborhoods (all ages)
* Working with children with disabilities, including running sports activities
* Running enrichment programs at community centers in underprivileged neighborhoods
* Working with South Tel Aviv's migrant worker population
* Working with South Tel Aviv's refugee population (including many refugees from Darfur). This includes teaching English, helping in kindergartens and more.
Professional training and supervision will be provided on an ongoing basis to both groups and individuals throughout the program.
4) Hebrew Ulpan
Students will also participate in Hebrew classes in order to truly give them a taste of the country – how else can you learn about Israel if you can’t order humus from a restaurant?
The aim of the Ulpan is to provide an intensive course that will enable participants to come out of the program with the ability to a functional level. After the first month of intensive learning, there will be one to two classes a week throughout the remainder of the course. Each student will be assessed and placed in the appropriate level. In the event that someone exhibits a really advanced level of Hebrew, an exemption from this part of the course may be permitted. Please ask about this, if you feel this is applicable to you.
There will be a weekly seminar on topics including politics, culture and Israeli society to give students an insight into various aspects of life in Israel.
6) Field trips and Tours of Israel
These will include trips to Jerusalem's the Old City, Hebron, Golan Heights, Bedouin communities, hiking, camping and more.