Limmud is a new year long program for Bnei Akiva which provides a beautiful synthesis of the Jewish principles of Nation, Land and Torah. The program is enriching and dynamic and caters for serious minded young men and women who want to live in a religious environment in the land of Israel and experience much of what our beautiful country has to offer.
The year is roughly structured as follows (subject to change):
Feb-Mar (1 month) – Yeshiva/Midrasha
Mar-Apr (1.5 months) – Volunteering
May-Jun (1.5 months) – Machon LeManhigut
Jun-Jul (1.5 months) – Magen David Adom OR Marva Army Experience OR Social Volunteering
Aug (1 month) – Shvil Yisrael, Poland & Vacation
Sep-Oct (1.5 months) – Kibbutz
Oct-Dec (1.5 months) – Yeshiva/Midrasha
The year begins with a program in Yeshiva and Midrasha allowing the participants to explore their Jewish identity and delve into topics that they may never had a chance to explore before.
They then take this inspiration and volunteer in a development town in Israel in the fields of education and social needs of the local Israeli citizens. They experience independent living in Israel while working and giving to the community at large.
This is followed by Machon Lemanhigut. The Machon is a Jewish leadership course dealing with various contemporary themes regarding Israel and Judaism. Jewish history, Israel and Palestinian relations, Religious Zionism, Holocaust and Tanach are just a few examples of the issues taught, discussed and debated in an open and non-biased manner. The participants will experience high quality classes, taught by a wide range of speakers, specifically tailored to the Bnei Akiva Hachshara program.
The next stage allows participants to choose from the following 3 options:
- Marva – a course in the Israeli Army, living and training as an Israeli soldier would
- MDA – Completing a Magen David Adom (MDA) First Aid course, and then volunteering at a MDA station
- Social Volunteering – living and working in a children’s village or other options.
The summer in Israel is the time when we leave the country for a week and go to Poland. It is one of the highlights of the program. Poland is viewed as an educational must and is prepared meticulously by the educational staff of the program so as to make the whole experience meaningful and a lifetime experience. The summer also allows participants a unique opportunity to get to intimately get to know the land of Israel by completing part of Shvil Yisrael – a hike traversing the length of the land.
The participants then move to Kibbutz. The idea is to experience that special atmosphere of the large family of a kibbutz, while living as a ‘chaver’ of the kibbutz by working in one of the fields of employment that the Kibbutz has to offer.
Finally, the participants return to Yeshiva or Midrasha to finish their year on a spiritual high.
For more information, please contact our Head of Shnat programs, Nadav Ellinson at email@example.com.