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Etgar (meaning ‘challenge’ in Hebrew) was established to address the needs of non-youth movement high school graduates searching for meaningful and challenging ways to spend their gap year in Israel within a Zionist, modern orthodox framework. With a focus on personal growth, leadership, learning, Jewish identity and a connection to the people and State of Israel, the Etgar 10 month program incorporates a range of dynamic and exciting Israel and Jewish experiences that will broaden participants’ horizons.

Etgar further distinguishes itself from other nonyouth movement gap year programs in that it does not end at the conclusion of its Israel component. Upon returning to their home towns, Etgar graduates will undertake structured volunteer work in local schools and communal organisations. This will provide our graduates with the framework within which to be actively involved in Jewish communal life, continue meaningful Jewish engagement and become leaders in their local communities.

Program overview

Magen David Adom (8 weeks) • first aid response certification • volunteer on Israeli ambulances • attend and assist at real medical emergencies

Machon (2 months) • leadership training • educational workshops exploring Israeli and Jewish themes • high level seminars, guest speakers and tiyulim

Marva (8 weeks) • simulated IDF experience • Jewish students from all over the world • physically and mentally challenging

Volunteering (3 weeks) • meaningful volunteer work • direct contribution to Israeli society

Shoah seminar & Poland heritage tour (3 weeks) • preparation seminar at Yad Vashem • 10 day Poland tour

Kibbutz (1 month) • Israeli kibbutz experience • volunteer work • ulpan - Hebrew language immersion

Jewish learning (1 month) • immersion in traditional Jewish learning • explore Jewish thought and philosophy

Tiyulim • • • •

Yam le yam Negev & Eilat Galil & Golan day trips

Educational seminars • hadracha/leadership • Jerusalem • informal Jewish education


Optional extras

The Jewish Journey


The Jewish Journey team has decades of experience in educational tourism and travel to Israel, including being a major provider for Birthright trips. The Jewish Journey will provide educational, logistical and administrative staff and support to ensure the smooth day to day running of Etgar.

Etgar is an authorised Masa program. All Masa Israel participants are eligible to apply for universal grants and need-based scholarships. Gap year and study abroad participants automatically receive $1000 towards their Israel trip. Masa Israel also offers eligible participants needs-based scholarships of up to $10,000.

(November - December) February 3rd 2014 November 20th 2014

Contact etgar (03) 9834 0081

London A seven day program including visits to Jewish schools and communal organisations where participants will gain valuable experience in preparation for the leadership opportunities awaiting them at home. Yeshiva/Seminary Building on Etgar’s Jewish learning component, participants will spend an additional month extending their Jewish knowledge in this uniquely inspirational environment.

The challenge to learn. The challenge to grow. The challenge to make a difference.



Etgar Brochure