Participants on Young Judaea programs officially have another city in Israel to call home – Tel Aviv-Yafo! Expanding on our base at Beit Ar El in Jerusalem, Young Judaea Israel’s program participants and staff have a new home on Beit Hillel Street, in Tel Aviv-Yafo’s centrally-located Montefiore neighborhood, just a 10-minute walk from the famous Sarona market and neighborhood and Azrieli Mall, and a 15-minute walk from the Tel Aviv Cinematheque, Rothschild Boulevard, and Habima Square.
While most recently the volunteering semester of our Year Course program has been based in Bat Yam, Year Coursers joining us in Fall 2017 will now call Tel Aviv-Yafo home during their four months of volunteer work, taking advantage of the more varied and developed opportunities to volunteer and intern in a vibrant and diverse community.
We are particularly excited that our Year Course participants will be able to live as locals in both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel’s two biggest cities with very different vibes. Our new center will welcome its first residents this coming summer, housing our summer internship program participants, before opening its doors to Year Course 2017-2018.
Just as exciting as the move is the new center itself! In Tel Aviv-Yafo, most of our program participants will now live together under one roof, creating a stronger and more cohesive sense of community. In addition to the co-op style dorm living, the center is equipped with common areas for socializing and educational activities, and a large space for guest lectures. There are communal kitchens on each floor where residents will be able to master the art of cooking local dishes, a great rooftop garden to hang out and relax, and local access to coin-operated laundry machines.
As a Zionist organization, we are thrilled to plant new roots in the city where Israel was first declared a Jewish state, and where the revival of the Hebrew language made Tel Aviv-Yafo the first “Hebrew city.” The diverse kehilah (community) of Israelis, immigrants and refugees provides opportunities to experience true pluralism and co-existence, putting Tikkun Olam and leadership development at the forefront of our daily lives.
As the cultural and economic capital of Israel, Tel Aviv-Yafo is also the top choice for many international conferences, concerts, cultural events, and celebrations in which we can participate! Its beautiful beaches and promenade are widely considered some of the world’s best, and Tel Aviv-Yafo is fast becoming a global culinary hotspot. Young Judaea program participants who have been visiting Tel Aviv-Yafo for years will now be able to experience this exciting and diverse city as true residents, taking full of advantage of the vibrant cafés, shops, and cultural spots that make Tel Aviv-Yafo a Mediterranean metropolis.
Questions? Recommendations for how we can get the most out of our move? Just want to share in the excitement? Be in touch with us – and come visit our new home in Tel Aviv-Yafo!