GAP YEAR PROGRAM
* The exact program and order is subject to change
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.
MID OCTOBER 2023 - MARCH 2024:
Mechinat Galil Elyon
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 Kibbutz Amir in the beautiful Galil, we will do trips to other parts of the country, volunteer, hike and meet people all across Israeli society. We will have classes, leadership courses, volunteer work, Hebrew classes as needed and army preparations for the Israeli participants. Through activities, shared-living and meetings with different Jewish voices and perspectives you will have a chance to get to know and develop your own Jewish identity.
MARCH 2024 - APRIL 2024:
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.
APRIL 2024 - MAY 2024:
Jewish Communities and Training with ADL
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.
MAY 2024 - JUNE 2024:
Arriving back to Israel, the participants will continue to explore Israel, take part in a variety of courses (including assignments for the University of Oslo courses), do volunteer work, and live together in the framework of the mechina.