If, as research has shown, visiting Israel strengthens the Jewish identities of Diaspora youth, just imagine how effective it must be for Diaspora youth to spend a few months experiencing Israel. While there are many short-term programs for youth in Israel, these programs offer high school students the opportunity to study and live in Israel for an extended period.
The Alexander Muss High School in Israel is a pluralistic, accredited academic program in Israel for English speaking North American High School juniors and seniors. AMHSI is renown for its unique teaching style and ability to bring Israel's history to life. Students get an interactive experience that blends cultural and academic elements with history in an effort to ignite passion for the Jewish homeland and heritage.
Bnei Akiva's Tochnit Zion offers a Religious Zionist educational experience in Israel. Students combine formal Torah learning with Israel integration and Jewish development. The program aims to prepare participants for future leadership positions both in Bnei Akiva and in their communities.
TRY, also known as Ramah Jerusalem High School, offers a 16-week program for 10th and 11th grade students from North America every year during the spring semester. Students receive high-level general studies parallel to that which they would be pursuing in their home communities as well as courses of Hebrew, Judaica, and Israel studies. TRY provides high school students a stimulating cross-cultural experience while focusing on their development as Jews.
Since 1961, over a thousand high school sophomores, juniors and seniors have spent a semester at NFTY-EIE High School in Israel immersed in the culture and history of Israel. This four-month accredited high school, nestled in the Judean mountains, offers Reform Jewish teens the opportunity to learn Hebrew, explore Jewish history, and know Israel as their second home.
The Elite Academy (Na'ale) offers students who have successfully completed the ninth grade, the opportunity to complete their High School education in Israel. The program is run by the State of Israel, under the auspices of The Ministry of Education and The Jewish Agency for Israels Department of Immigration and Absorption.
The Yeladim Association, established to perpetuate the memory of the 1.5 million children killed during the Holocaust, aims to strengthen the Jewish identities of Diaspora youth. Its Netivot High School in Israel offers a 6-10 week program of study and travel for Jewish high school students. The goal of the program is to give the students knowledge of Israel, Hebrew and Judaism as well as to encourage the students to commit to an active Jewish future.