TIMELINE

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COMPREHENSIVE

GAP YEAR PROGRAM

SEPTEMBER
2023

OCTOBER
2023

DECEMBER
2023

FEBRUARY
2024

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Oslo, Norway
University
of Oslo

Israel
Mechinat
Meitarim

Europe
Jewish
Communities

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USA
ADL

MAY
2024

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Israel
Exploring

JUNE
2024

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Oslo/Israel
Conclusion

* The exact program and order is subject to change

SEPTEMBER 2023:

Oslo, Norway
University of Oslo, the Theological Faculty

The program starts in Oslo as an introduction to the year and the academic studies at the University of Oslo. The academic courses begin here, and are integrated throughout the year. One course centers on an academic understand of Jewish texts and history, and the other is a practice-based course on building bridges between different groups for democratic citizenship. The weeks in Oslo also focus on building a good group dynamic where you together make decisions and take an active part in planning the year.

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OCTOBER 2023 - MID-DECEMBER 2023:

Israel
Mechinat Lachish

Israel is the main base of Shvilim, where we take part in various learning experiences exploring Judaism, Jewish culture and history as well as Israeli society. While centered in Jerusalem (in shared living dormitories), we will do trips to other parts of the country, both sightseeing, hiking and meeting people with a wide variety of stories. We will have classes, leadership courses, volunteer work, Hebrew classes as needed and army preparations for the Israeli participants. Through activities and meetings with different Jewish voices and perspectives you will have a chance to get to know and develop your own Jewish identity.

DESEMBER 2023 - JANUARY 2024:

Europe
Jewish Communities

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We believe that learning about the diversity of the Jewish world is key in finding our own place in it. We plan to visit a few Jewish communities in Europe to learn from their successes and challenges as minorities, and understand how they cooperate with other minority and majority groups in their respective countries. We want our participants to acquire tools that can help them be an active part in building their own communities after Shvilim.

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FEBRUARY 2024 - APRIL  2024:

Israel
Exploring

Israel is the main base of Shvilim, where we take part in various learning experiences exploring Judaism, Jewish culture and history as well as Israeli society. While centered in Jerusalem (in shared living dormitories), we will do trips to other parts of the country, both sightseeing, hiking and meeting people with a wide variety of stories. We will have classes, leadership courses, volunteer work, Hebrew classes as needed and army preparations for the Israeli participants. Through activities and meetings with different Jewish voices and perspectives you will have a chance to get to know and develop your own Jewish identity.

MAY 2024:

United Stated
Jewish Communities and Training with ADL

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In May we travel to New York and other cities on the east coast of the U.S. We learn about Anti-semitism from the Anti Defamation League (ADL) and how to fight it in practice. We visit Jewish communities, institutions and organizations working with a variety of groups and topics. A highlight is participating in ADL’s annual summit for young adults in Washington D.C.

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JUNE 2024:

Israel/Norway
Conclusion

We conclude the year in Oslo with exams in the academic courses, and plan to finish the year together in our base in Israel.

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