Jewish identity and connection is at the heart of what we promote. A number of organisations in the Australian Jewish community run amazing programs for young people, that the Israel for Youth Foundation is very happy to promote.
We encourage you to consider the many diverse Jewish programs and opportunities that could be suitable for your teenager or young adult, particularly after they complete their Bar/Batmitzvah programs.
If you would like to include your listing, please contact us.
We also highly recommend you check out the many community organisation listings, businesses, what's on and articles on Aussie Jewish community resource website - The Social Blueprint - who also promote the many organisations listed below.
UJEB's Ketsev Year 10 Israel experience is an immersive 5-6 week experience in December / January.
It brings together Year 10 students from many parts of Australia to learn about our homeland, religion, people, culture and history, while traveling the country from top to bottom. Along the way they have many unique experiences, create lifelong friendships and develop a strong connection to our homeland.
Aimed at: Year 10 students, with at least one Jewish parent, in non-Jewish schools in VIC, TAS, SA, WA & NT:
Register your child anytime to be kept in the loop. The Information Session takes place in March / April of the same year.
Diller Teen Fellows is a year-long Jewish leadership program designed for year 10 & 11 students who are ready to develop lifelong leadership skills, strengthen their relationship with Judaism and Israel, build connections with like-minded Israeli teens, and contribute to their local and global community. With 3,500 graduates, Diller is one of the leading and most sought-after programs globally.
Aimed at: Year 10 & 11. VIC only.
The year-long Diller experience includes: fortnightly workshops three Shabbatonim (weekend retreats), an opportunity to host an Israeli teen for 10-days in March and a 3-week Israel trip during July.
Sign up now. Click here to see the latest flyer.
NCJWA's Jam Project aims to empower adolescent females in their transition to adulthood. The Jam Project has identified that providing emotional support and connection during adolescence can foster a sense of self-worth, self-belief and independence. The program addresses pivotal stages and topics that often require support during teenage years. Echoing the vision of NCJWA VIC, ‘powering women and girls for a better world’, The Jam Project aspires to strengthen and empower young women in their development, fostering future leaders.
The Jam Project runs March - early December and is for Year 9 female participants. It’s an opportunity to build confidence, self-esteem and leadership skills. So, if you’re interested in discovering more about yourself, exploring relationships and finding inspiration, please get in touch.
Aimed at: Year 9. VIC only.
Fortnightly Mentor catch-ups, monthly Jam Project group sessions exploring different topics using speakers & events.
Registrations open from November but are open all year.
Learning about Judaism doesn’t always need to be behind a desk. UJEB’s J-Lunch program provides weekly social, educational and cultural sessions and events for secondary school students.
Aimed at: Currently being offered at Templestowe College, Shelford Girls Grammar, Sandringham College, Brighton Secondary College, McKinnon Secondary College, and Glen Eira Secondary College.
The weekly sessions are led by charismatic youth leaders, who run activities and discussions around contemporary topics like Israel, festivals, Jewish food, music and current affairs. Offer a WhatsApp group.
J-Voice is UJEB High’s latest leadership and activism program for secondary students at non-Jewish schools. Through leadership and collaborative sessions, the J-Voice student committee gets to create a report of what it’s like to be a Jewish student in Victoria in primary and secondary government schools. The team’s ideas and solutions will then be presented directly to the Department of Education and Training to increase youth involvement in school strategy and initiate change in government schools.
Participation in J-Voice provides each participant with government endorsed leadership experience, formal recognition as an author on the final report and the opportunity to make a difference for the Jewish student experience.
Naale Elite Academy offers teens a full scholarship to attend 3-4 years in leading high schools in Israel. This unique program connects you to your roots and to Israel, where you will meet life long friends from all over the world in a warm and supportive atmosphere.
Naale graduates receive an internationally-recognised diploma and gain invaluable tools for life!
Aimed at: Students graduating 8th or 9th grade (10th grade, only with excellent Hebrew). Students who are motivated and mature and want to take on new challenges. Excellent academic attitude. Excellent ability to adapt to change. AUSTRALIA wide.
Registration is available throughout the year for a 1 September commencement of the school year in Israel.
For further information, contact Regional Manager Oceania, Anat Aloni 0421227337
Jewish Care's Young Achievers Program is a group-based mentoring and skills development program.
The program aims to develop positive self-esteem and confidence, provide a supportive connection with the Jewish community, improve general life skills and assist financially. The program welcomes Jewish students who are motivated and driven to achieve. There is no cost involved. The program is generously sponsored by private donors. Monthly in-person meetings with mentors, regular contact and workshop attendance.
Aimed at: Jewish students between the ages of 15-18 from non-Jewish and Jewish schools. VIC only.
Applications open in October and close mid November with interviews taking place in December. Commencement is end of February till early December.
Click here to see the brochure.
Jewish Care's Youth Aspire Mentoring Program provides an individualised mentoring program to young people who are experiencing, or at risk of experiencing personal or familial complexities or challenges. With the focus on keeping young people connected to education, work and community, this mentoring initiative provides young people with the support and guidance of a mentor, alongside financial capacity to pursue individual endeavours that help them to achieve their goals.
Mentoring highlights: improves social and emotional well-being of young people, guides young people on how to work with others and build relationships, increases social connectedness with the community, provides opportunities to see life from different perspectives, promotes creative and alternative ways of thinking and improves resilience to deal with challenging life events. There is no cost involved. The program is generously sponsored by private donors.
Aimed at: The year-long program is aimed at young Jewish people between the ages of 14-18 with special consideration given to those under 14 years of age. VIC only.
The program runs end of February through to early December. Registration is throughout the year.
Click here to see the brochure.
The AZYC is the roof body for Australia and New Zealand’s seven Zionist Youth movements which provide weekly informal education sessions on Jewish identity, Zionism, current events, and more to participants from ages 8-18.
Betar – https://betar.org.au/
Bnei Akiva – https://bneiakiva.com.au/
Habonim Dror – https://www.hdoz.com/
Hashomer Hatzair – https://www.hashyaus.org/
Hineni – https://www.hineni.org.au/
Netzer – https://netzer.org.au/
Tzofim – https://hatzofim.org.au/
In addition to the seven AZYC youth groups, please also check out:
UJEB’S student-run leadership development and social youth group, BBYO, empowers secondary students to develop their hadracha skills and connects Jewish teens across the Melbourne community in both Jewish and non-Jewish schools. BBYO is part of an international movement spanning 60 countries with over 5000 active Jewish teenage leaders. International opportunities are available with BBYO to attend the annual International Convention in the USA.
With COVID disrupting the opportunity for students to participate in their Year 10 Israel program in 2020 & 2021, Yalla Israel offers an alternate opportunity for Year 12 students to experience Israel as a young adult straight after high school. Yalla Israel is a unique, 5-week Israel experience, designed specifically for young adults to explore Israel, create new friendships and connections, and to develop their independence.
Places are still open for students completing Year 12 in 2023 for the January '24 Yalla Israel program intake.
The Yalla Israel program is available to Australian students graduating High School, with at least one Jewish parent who reside anywhere in Australia and were unable to participate in their school’s Year 10 Israel program due to COVID disruptions.
ZFA's Israel Program offerings are pretty incredible, ranging from Masa's long-term immersive programs to Birthright's 10-day trip.
You can browse through the plethora of gap year options, internships, volunteering and much more. You can also learn more about ZFA's very own initiative - Israel Go - which provides additional financial assistance for Masa programs.
The Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS) has represented Jewish students on university campuses across Australia and New Zealand since 1948. AUJS operates at national, regional and campus levels. Our student leaders, together with our administrative and support staff, are responsible for bringing Jewish life to you on and off-campus.
The key areas of operation include:
Jewish & Community Engagement
Leadership & Development
The Susan Wakil Fellowship
*International programs include the six-week Leadership Development Program (LDP) and the 10 day Taglit-Birthright program. Click here to read more about these programs.
Find your campus and connect with other Jewish students.