The program brings together three cadres of Jewish student leaders from Germany, Israel, and the US. As a result of academic and experiential learning, joint study, dialogue, interacting with each other, and experiencing Israel, Germany and the USA together, students are able to create local and international initiatives designed to strengthen their own communities and to promote future connections between Israel and world Jewry.
This program is supported by the UJA Federation of New York.
The Jewish People needs leaders who are versed in Jewish Peoplehood. Future Jewish leaders benefit from mutual acquaintance, serious dialogue, and shared experiences with peers from other parts of the world. By creating the framework for intensive, personal, and structured mifgashim with one another, Jewish young adults help construct a better future for the Jewish People. The academic study of one another’s community, Jewish Peoplehood and leadership issues, acquisition of leadership tools, and personal experiences expand the repertoire critical for emerging leaders as individuals who are committed to the Jewish People.
The direct benefits of this program extend beyond the individual participants, to their surrounding communities, and will eventually impact the Jewish People in generations to come.
The following goals are at the heart of our program:
Enriching Jewish identity.
Promoting understanding of and commitment to Jewish Peoplehood.
Nurturing a nuanced, meaningful connection to Israel.
Creating personal and professional networks.
Establishing a replicable model of academic engagement with Jewish identity and peoplehood.
Unique Features of the Program
Mutuality: The program strengthens the engagement of Jewish student leaders with the communal, personal, and leadership dilemmas of Israel and the Diaspora – with all sides both contributing and benefitting. The concept of mutuality is also embodied in the way the staffs work together, as they plan and coordinate the program.
Academic Accreditation: The program is accredited at Oranim College of Education. It creates a unique framework incorporating academic grounding, experiential workshops, and travel for which students receive academic credit.
Intertwining Formal and Experiential Education: The program draws on the academic world, models the best pedagogical techniques, and highlights experiential encounters.
Short Term Impact: Student participants develop personal relationships, create models of collaborative engagement, and engage in professional discourse with Jews from other parts of the world.
Long Term Sustainability: The collective and individual leadership skills foster personal growth, invite institutional involvement, and create impact in diverse community settings.
Encouraging Extensive and Intensive Student Involvement: Students play key roles in designing and implementing programs. They accept leadership roles which enhances their cognitive understandings as well as their leadership skills.