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About us


Shvilim is a one of-a-kind gap-year program with a unique combination of studying, experiencing and traveling. The program was founded in 2014 by the Jewish community of Oslo, and throughout the years had participants from Norway, Denmark and Sweden.

The program is mainly held in Israel, but also takes place in the US and Scandinavia, so that you are able to discover the different aspects of being Jewish, from secular to religious, Orthodox to Reform.

The program is specially designed for Jewish youth aged 18-22 from the Nordic countries. 

A Shvilim participant get a chance to...

Participate in the Kol Ami Jewish peoplehood and leadership academy in Israel, together with Jewish youth from around the world and Israelis.

Explore your own Jewish identity.

Travel to The USA and participate in a unique ADL seminar.

Volunteer together with Israelis to impact Israeli society.

Study public diplomacy, Jewish history and culture, and the concept of a unified Jewish People, combined with trips all over Israel.

Learn Hebrew language skills.

Enable yourself a unique opportunity to work as a Jewish ambassador (‘bridge builder’) in Norway after the program ends.

Acquire academic accreditation (learn more).