College & Beyond ​Amirim

Amirim offers the perfect blend of structure and freedom to explore Israel on your own while enjoying a rich program itinerary.

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  • time 18 - 26 Years Old
  • location Tel Aviv
  • duration One or Two Months
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Applications

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.

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.

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.

Internship and Volunteering

After completing an interview with our internship coordinator for the program, you will receive options for your internship. After looking over the options, the internship coordinator will send your resume to the options you liked from what was given to you. You will have interviews with these companies, and you will decide which internship is the best fit for you.

You will work for about 30 hours a week over 4-5 days.

You should be prepared to dress business casual. However, you will probably find that most offices in Israel are more casual and relaxed than what you’re familiar with.

Program

The following activities are mandatory: 2 days of orientation at the beginning of the program and 2 days to wrap-up the program at the end are mandatory. For the 8 week session there is also a mandatory mid-program meeting. All other programming is optional.

You will have optional trips provided to you by Young Judaea that you must sign up for in advance. Additionally, there are always free events provided by the Tel Aviv Municipality that are available to you to go on your own time.

Housing

Your apartment will be in Tel Aviv. Your exact address will be given to you two to three weeks prior to arrival.

Each apartment will accommodate around 4-8 participants with 2-4 bedrooms. You will be sharing a room with 1-2 other participants in the program.

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 typically divided based on gender, however there is the possibility of a co-ed apartment. You will only be placed in a co-ed apartment if you are comfortable with it. If you keep kosher, you will be placed in a kosher apartment upon request.

Living In Israel

Tel Aviv is like any cosmopolitan city. We recommend bringing between $400-600 for spending money throughout the program.

For example, if you wanted to go out to eat at a mid-range café or restaurant, it would probably cost you around 60 (NIS) shekel. If you wanted to get some falafel or shawarma (street food), that would only run you up around 35 shekel.

Financial

An internship/volunteer placement, an apartment and utilities, health insurance, trips, evening activities, Ravkav (bus pass), support staff, trips and other educational activities, and laundry.

Airfare, spending money for food, personal expenses, Hebrew lessons, going out to bars, gifts, souvenirs, etc.

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.

Medical

You will be provided with health insurance. If you are sick, you will inform your program counselor and they will help you make an appointment. If you need to miss your volunteer placement/internship, you must also inform your boss and get a sick note from the doctor.

Pre-existing conditions, alcohol or drug-related incidents, or treatment required for any condition while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, pre-existing prescriptions (including birth control). This is a limited list—if you have any questions, send an email to wujsr@youngjudaea.org.il

Miscellaneous

No, you must stay in Israel during the program.

Your family and friends are welcome to visit you, but you must continue going to your internship/volunteering placement.

You may not visit Areas A and B in the West Bank. You are allowed to visit Area C only after signing a waiver with Young Judaea. More detailed information will be communicated upon arrival.

No, you do not need a visa during your stay because you are doing an internship on a voluntary basis, a tourist visa is given to you upon entry to the country.

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).

Yes, you need a phone with an Israeli phone number.

All participants will receive a security explanation within the first few days of the program, as part of the program orientation. Safety and security rules and regulations are explained in depth. In particular, participants will be told what actions to take in the event of an emergency.

Ready to Register for Amirim?

If you need additional information please contact us at wujsr@youngjudaea.org.il or call us at 1-866-599-2534.