Where You'll Live
One of the most fascinating parts of the Shalem experience is the ability to live in and explore the diverse regions of Israel. Over the course of nine months, you’ll experience life in Israel’s capital city of Jerusalem, and the religious kibbutz of Yavneh.
There is no city on the earth that can compare to the city of Jerusalem. The largest city in Israel, Jerusalem provides a rich mix of cultures, religions, and ethnicities – a true bazaar of differences all existing together in the same place.
While in Jerusalem, you’ll live in the beautiful neighborhood of Baka, perfectly located to provide walking access to many of the city’s wonders. You’ll participate in weekly siyurim and volunteer placements in the Old City, Yad Vashem, Hadassah Hospital, Rusty Mike Radio Station, the Biblical Zoo and more. Jerusalem is also a wonderful place to spend Shabbat and chaggim, with more synagogues per capita than any other city in the world. You are encouraged to take advantage of all the art, theater, music, sports, museums and cultural centers that Jerusalem offers. Plus, we’ll give you a monthly bus pass to get around!