Israel Journey

BJE’s Israel Program for Year 10 students is a unique opportunity to take part in a 5-week study of Israel where students mix challenging excursions with tutorials, learning about the land, its people, culture and history. This Program has been designed specifically for students who are attending any public or private school outside of the Jewish Day Schools (as these schools each have their own programs). This Program is an opportunity for teenagers to visit Israel in a well-structured, modern educational setting where they can explore, embrace and experience more than they could ever have imagined. Together they will live and breathe the culture, history and magic of Israel. Students will depart towards the end of the school year and return in January. This program has widespread support, both from the Jewish community and school principals. It’s guaranteed to be life-changing!

Pre-Israel Events

• Peer Support

Connecting with Israel Program alumni and establish a support system for students who have concerns about their participation

• weekend escape camp

Connecting with other prospective participants in the Israel Program

• israel essentials

Two sessions prior to departure to prepare the students for the BJE Israel Program.

during the israel program

This Program is an opportunity for Year 10 students in non-Jewish day schools to visit Israel in a well-structured, modern educational setting where they can explore, embrace and experience more than they could ever have imagined. Together they will live and breathe the culture, history and magic of Israel.

Students spend some time in a dynamic environment, learning about Judaism, the Jewish people and Israel in a non-judgmental manner allowing all views to be represented.

Workshops include: The Crusaders, Jewish Mysticism, The Geography of Israel, Torah: Traditional and Modernist Views, Archaeology and the Tanach, Herzl & Zionist movements, Holocaust: the Rise of Nazism, Jewish Persecution, the Warsaw Ghetto, Capturing Eichmann, Holocaust Denial, Emancipation, The First Aliyah and those who followed, War of Independence, Israel Advocacy, David Ben Gurion and the Negev, Balfour Declaration, The Arab Israel Conflict, The Israeli Government, and more.

The benefit our students receive from the Israel Program is immeasurable and invaluable in developing life-long Jewish friendships from around Australia and connecting to their own personal Jewish identity.

post-israel program

'11 for 11'

Eleven social and educational activities for Year 11

• jnf green sunday + reunion tu bishvat activity

Students will be giving back to the community at JNF’s annual telethon to raise funds for their work in Israel, as well as participate in a Tu BiShvat themed reunion interactive activity.

• The Ash Levi Leadership Seminar

A three day leadership seminar dedicated to Year 11 students who have just returned from their Israel Program. The Seminar is an intensive program aimed at developing our students as the future leaders of the Jewish community.

• Sharing the Israel Experience

Israel Program alumni will share their experience with the potential 2020 Israel Program participants at the Information Evening.

• reunion with amhsi teacher

A teacher from AMHSI will reunite with the students.

• Yom HaShoah Event

• Yom HaZikaron Activity

• Yom HaAtzma’ut Activity

• JCA Phone-a-thon + Mentoring Activity

Students will give back to the community by participating in the JCA phone-a-thon.

Meet your Mentor networking event: Israel Program alumni will participate in a mentoring activity with prospective participants in the Program.

• weekend escape

Year 11 students will participate in a 3 day Weekend Escape camp, partially as junior madrichim.

• honey cookie bake + picnic in the park

Students will volunteer at OBK and will bake honey cookies for those in need in the wider NSW community prior to their reunion picnic in the park.

• BJE Year 11 Shabbat Project Shabbaton

BJE Year 11 Shabbaton as part of the Shabbat Project. The Shabbaton will consolidate everything gained throughout the Year and look forward as to how students can continue to give back to their community.

year 12

The giving back program. Educate the students about post school community engagement options as well as Shnat. Identifying and training the next generation of Madrichim.