No year in Israel would be complete without the opportunity to explore our heritage in the place where it all began, where every road is steeped with history and every home tells another story.
Shevet is a Jewish enrichment program of Young Judaea Year Course that gives participants the opportunity to tap into the wealth of observant religious experiences that are available in Israel. Shevet provides a comfortable atmosphere for participants to explore their Jewish beliefs and observance in an open, modern-orthodox framework. Religious and spiritual growth is fostered through specific group experiences and personal exploration throughout the year above and beyond those Jewish experiences offered for all of YC. Participants will experience and learn about various Jewish customs, holidays and Shabbatot, from a modern orthodox and Zionist perspective.
What kind of experience is needed?
No prior experience is needed for Shevet and participants come from across the Jewish spectrum. The program gives participants the opportunity to engage the Jewish traditions, interact with different Jewish personalities from across the orthodox spectrum, and experience Shabbatot and Chaggim (holidays) in a variety of communities. Shevet encourages observance based on knowledge and choice.
- A joyous Simchat Torah in Tzfat (Safed)
- Shabbaton in Har Nof or Old City of Jerusalem
- Shabbaton in the musical Mevo Modiim (Carlebach Moshav) or Alon Shvut
- Visit to Meron for Lag B’Omer
- Food and Philosophy Series – In depth discussions on different aspects of Jewish philosophy led my Shevet leader Menachem Salasnik, with delicious home-cooked food provided by his wife Kate!
- Scribe session – learn how to write Torah scripts with a quill on parchment
- Tzitzit tying session
- Challah baking
- Visit to Neot Kdumim
- Laughter Yoga session
In addition to the Shevet Shabbatot and activities schedule, throughout the year the Jewish holidays will be celebrated either in-house or by tapping in to the activities in the communities in their neighborhood. This has in the past included pre Rosh Hashana Synagogue-“hopping”, Kapparot, visiting the Arba Minim Market, dancing and singing at a Simchat Bet HaShoeva, experiencing Birkat Kohanim at the Kotel, visiting a Tefillin Factory, Chanuka and Purim parties, Tu B’Shvat seder, Yom HaAtzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim with the religious Zionist community as well as the opportunity to study about our festivals from a mystical and kabbalistic perspective.
What is the cost of the Shevet package?
The price for the Shevet Track is only $800.
Note: Itineraries and activities of Specialty Tracks are subject to change or cancellation in Young Judaea’s sole and absolute discretion.