The first Israel program that the Israel for Youth Foundation has chosen to support is the 6-week Year 10 Israel experience run by Victoria's United Jewish Education Board. It is aimed at Year 10 students who are not part of the Jewish day school system and who have at least one Jewish parent. UJEB has been working with NSW’s Board of Jewish Education (BJE) who have been successfully running the program for many years.
The program provides students with an educational and experiential review of Israel and 4,000 years of Jewish history. The program gives students an opportunity to discover and explore their identity and sense of Jewish peoplehood. The result is an integrated educational and pluralistic experience that allows students to challenge themselves to forge their own link within the chain of Jewish continuity.
As part of a well-managed program, UJEB also provides critical educational opportunities prior to the program and after the participants’ return.
Click here to access more information about UJEB's Israel experience. The program typically takes place December - January.
UJEB's Year 10 Israel experience is aimed at Year 10 students who are not part of the Jewish day school system and who have at least one Jewish parent. It does not matter if students have been to Israel previously. Students can be based in Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
Students who are based in New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory or Queensland must contact our friends at Youth 2 Israel for further information.
Israel for Youth makes Israel programs more affordable, allowing more students to participate, and therefore enabling a greater impact on Jewish continuity in our community.
To be eligible for the grant that subsidises the UJEB Year 10 Israel experience:
Families have the choice of accessing the full, part of or none of the grant. The grant is designed to support families who cannot afford the full amount of the program. It is from monies raised from a small group of Melbourne donors who understand the challenges being faced by many families across the many communities the Israel for Youth Foundation supports. We don't means-test for the grant so that we can make accessing this funding more easily for those that need it. It is not an entitlement and so we ask families to be honest about their financial position. Families who have elected not to take the grant, have helped support other families who genuinely need support for their financial situations.
A grant valued at up to $5,000 is given once the student is accepted onto the program requiring the family to pay the balance of the program cost. Subject to participants successfully completing the program, there is no obligation to repay the grant. Please note that UJEB has expectations of participants upon their return.
Families who struggle to cover the balance of costs of the UJEB Nesiah program, after the grant is applied, can apply for further means-tested support. Please email for further information.
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