Register via our online application and pay the $50 non-refundable deposit. You be contacted shortly after this for a phone interview. Following your interview and review of your application, you will be notified via e-mail of acceptance.
Who is eligible for Amirim?
Amirim participants are college-age self-identifying Jewish students and young professionals between the ages of 18 and 26 who come from North America, Europe, Israel, and around the world.
Is this program right for me?
Amirim is a great opportunity to expand your exploration of Israel, contribute to Israeli society, and grow independently abroad. This program is also perfect if you are searching for a meaningful internship or volunteer experience and the ability to customize your time in Israel.
What is included in the cost of the program?
Program costs include apartment and utilities, medical insurance, internship/volunteer placements, staff support and guidance, evening activities (twice a week), day trips, two-day opening trip and a two-day trip/hike at the end of each session. Participants will receive unlimited bus passes.
Is airfare included in the tuition?
Airfare is not included in tuition. You should make your own travel arrangements to and from Israel. Late arrivals to the program and early departures from the program are not permitted.
Are there scholarships available for the program?
While we do not provide scholarships, you can contact your local Jewish Federation, Jewish Community Center, synagogue, Hillel, and other local Jewish organizations for assistance.
Can I arrive before the start of the program or stay later?
Yes. Please note that all participants are responsible for arranging their own flights. You are welcome to arrive early or extend your stay in Israel, but it is your responsibility to take care of transportation and accommodations before the program begins and after it ends. You will not be allowed to enter the Amirim apartments early or stay at the apartments after the program ends. (Check out from the apartments is at noon on the last day of the program).
How do I get from the airport to the apartments?
There will be two pick up times for each session which will be announced closer to the program’s start date. These pick up times will be based upon participant flight arrival times. You will be notified of the pick-up time options two weeks prior to the beginning of the program. You will be responsible for your own transportation back to the airport at the end of the program.
What kind of organizations can I intern or volunteer with?
We offer a variety of placements that address various issues in Israeli society including education, women’s rights, coexistence, health, community building, children, human rights, animal rights, LGBTQI issues, and more. If your interest lies in a different field, we would be very happy to try to find a new opportunity for you. Please note, internships are only available for Amirim 8 weeks participants.
Is there Ulpan available on the program?
There is no Ulpan component, but our staff will be happy to recommend a local Ulpan for which participants can register independently.
Are all the activities mandatory?
The two-day hiking trip at the beginning of the program is mandatory and every Sunday there will be a group session that is mandatory. All the other trips and evening activities are optional.
What can I expect on Shabbat?
Participants are free to make their own plans on Shabbat. There will be one optional Shabbat program for the 4-week session and two for the 8-week session (if the participants express an interest). Additionally, our staff is happy to provide suggestions/ideas on how to make Shabbat meaningful, special and fun.
What does the apartment include?
Apartments come with a basic kitchen setup (cooking materials, utensils, oven, microwave, stove, refrigerator/freezer, and basic kitchen supplies), table, chairs, sofa, bathroom with shower, pillows, blankets and sheets. There will usually be four to six participants in each apartment with two people sharing a room. Apartments are divided based on gender.
Are meals provided on the program?
Participants are responsible for all meals on the program except during the mandatory two-day orientation hiking trip. We provide a starter kit of food upon arrival to each apartment on the first day.
What are the safety procedures on the program?
The safety and security of Amirim participants is our primary concern. Young Judaea has a designated security officer and security committee who constantly review and update security procedures. We retain, as a consultant, the head of security of the Israeli Society for the Protection of Nature – the agency responsible for field trips throughout the country – and that consultant maintains daily contact with all of the security services in Israel. We also receive in real time all security alerts posted by the Security Department of Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) and its subsidiary company The Israel Experience. Young Judaea may at times take security measures which are in advance of and/ or exceed those recommended by JAFI or the Israel security authorities.
Do I need a phone?
Every participant must have with them at all times a phone that can receive standard text messages for meeting times, change of plans, alerts, and emergencies.