- time Recent High School Graduates: 17-19 Years Old
- location Tel Aviv-Yafo and Jerusalem
- duration Nine Months
Meet Our Staff
Year Course maintains a highly qualified administrative and educational staff in Israel under the supervision of its director, Kate Nachman.
Groups are staffed by qualified Israeli, American, and British madrichim (group leaders). Madrichim are selected on the basis of their Jewish and Israeli backgrounds, experience in youth work, as well as emotional stability and maturity. Many of them are Year Course alumni. All American and British counselors are college graduates and all Israeli counselors have completed their required military or national service.
Year Course faculty have extensive experience in formal and/or informal education, have earned, minimally, an M.A. (with the exception of Ulpan teachers) and are approved by the American Jewish University (AJU).
Year Course Staff
The following are key members of the Year Course Staff:
Kate Nachman, Director of Year Course, grew up in New England region Young Judaea. After programming for her club in Nashua, NH, she was regional Ofie/Tsofie programmer for the New England region. She worked at Camp Sprout Lake and attended Camp Tel Yehudah before going on Year Course in 1990-91. Kate spent her junior year abroad from Cornell University studying at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and interning for Young Judaea. After graduation, she worked as Year Course madricha (counselor) in 1995-96 before making Aliyah and founding Center Stage Theatre at Merkaz Hamagshimim Hadassah in Jerusalem, which she ran for 9 years. Kate was working as the Director of Admissions for Hebrew College until returning to Israel and to the Young Judaea professional family. Kate has 3 daughters who are 5th generation Hadassah life members. Kate and her family live in Jerusalem.
Adina Navon, Rosh Kvutza (Section Manager) of the Tel Aviv program, moved to Israel from the United States at the age of 18. After completing a year of national service, Adina studied at Ben Gurion University and joined the Ayalim student association to help establish student volunteer communities in the Negev region. After completing her studies, Adina traveled to Rwanda to serve as the informal education coordinator at the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village. She formerly worked at The Abraham Fund Initiatives, a nonprofit organization that works to advance equality and coexistence among Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel. Adina also served as the coordinator for the Tikkun Olam Rwanda track for Year Course. Adina lives in Mazkeret Batya with her husband and two sons.
Daniella Avraham, Rosh Tochnit (Section Manager) of the Jerusalem program was born in New York moved to Israel with her family just after 2nd grade. She grew up in Beit Shemesh and received her degree from Bar Ilan University in Psychology and Education Administration. Daniella is a licensed tour guide through the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Education with years of experiences leading trips, tours and camps in Israel. She started training to be a horseback riding therapist and was a Year Course madricha in 2007-2008. Daniella lives in Tzur Hadassah with her husband, daughter and dog.
Max Kopitchinski, Director of Specialty Programs and Israel Experience, was born in New York City and moved to Israel with his family when he was 6 years old. During his army service, he was an officer in the Tanks unit as well as an instructor at Officer training school. Before joining the Young Judaea team, Max was the Youth Director of the Ramat HaSharon Community Center and was a certified dog trainer. He currently lives in Hertzaliya Petuach with wife and two children.
Orit Segal, Director of Ulpan (The Hebrew Language Department) was born in Jerusalem. She earned a Master’s degree in Hebrew literature. Orit has been a part of the Young Judaea staff since 1999, teaching Hebrew. In 2005 she was appointed a member of the full time faculty, adding to her teaching repertoire a course on Israeli Cinema. In addition to teaching, Orit is also involved in curriculum development for advanced Hebrew language studies. Orit is married, the mother of three and lives in Jerusalem.
Dr. Avi Rose
Dr. Avi Rose, Director of Education, was born in New York and raised in Winnipeg, Canada. A second generation Jewish educator, Avi’s parents and brothers are Rabbis and teachers. Avi holds a Bachelor’s degree in History, a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Toronto. Over the past twenty years he has served as a Jewish educator in Canada and Israel, teaching all age groups in formal and informal settings. In 2002 Avi participated in the Mandel School’s Jerusalem Fellows program, where he developed the concept of an arts-based Zionist Education. Since making aliyah in 2003, Avi has been a member of the Year Course staff and faculty. An author, lecturer and visual artist, Avi has participated in several group exhibitions, including at the Hadassah Art Gallery in November of 2009. He specializes in arts-based education and has been responsible for creating courses related to Jewish Art and Zionist/Hebrew culture. Avi is married to Binyamin, a psychotherapist, and lives in Jerusalem.
Ayala Tolkin (Yama madricha) made aliya at the age of 12 with her family from South Africa and currently lives in Modiin. After graduating high school she participated In a pre army gap year program called Mechinat Nachson. She then drafted into the IDF and served for two years in Hebron and East Jerusalem as a field intelligence sergeant. Ayala spent time working at a special ed school and travelling after her service and is excited to get to know her future year course chanichim.
Erica Cohen (Kedma madricha) is a 21 year old American-Israeli who is very excited to start her first year in the Young Judaea family! Erica was in the Israeli Air-force as an intelligence sergeant for the elite airborne search and rescue unit of Israel, Unit 669. She loves to play football, write in her journal, and practice her photography skills. After her year in Year Course, Erica plans on flying to Africa to volunteer with children in need, as well as continue her travels in South-East Asia.
Bentzion Wollner (Yama madrich) was born and raised in California and recently graduated with a marketing degree from San Diego State University. Prior to college Bentzion attended Year Course (2012-13) and was very active in Young Judaea. He has always loved informal Jewish and Zionist education and is so excited to learn with and lead this year’s Chanichim.
Noa Rozenkoff (Kedma madricha) is a 21 year old born and bred Israeli, who has lived in Jerusalem her whole life. Noa joined the Young Judaea family after completing her army service, prior to which she did a mechina program. She loves art and music, and is excited for the opportunity to meet new people and have meaningful experiences with her chanichim on Year Course!
Dan Jager (Kedma madrich) was born and raised in England, and made aliyah after graduating from FZY Year Course in 2014. Dan drafted into the paratroopers unit, and specialized as a combat medic, until the summer of 2017. In his free time Dan likes to play rugby, and train for the Jerusalem marathon, for which he raises money annually. He has been a member of Young Jduaea’s sister movement FZY since his summer tour, was a tour madrich this summer, and is excited to continue this journey with Year Course 2017-2018.
Gal Baum (Yama madrich) is from Haifa, and was a scout on Year Course in 2012-2013. Gal was in the Israeli Navy, and finished his army service a year ago. Gal has always had a passion for hiking and the outdoors, and spent 4 months traveling through the Carribean! This past summer he worked at Camp Tel Yehudah, and is looking forward to get to know this years chanichim!