During the first five months of the program (February to June) there are two option blocks. During this time participants are offered four tracks (Volunteering, Israel Advocacy, Midrasha/Yeshiva, Maccabi sport) to choose from. All participants on the program live together during this time regardless of their track choice. These options just denote where the participant will go in their option time during the week. All participants will get the opportunity to volunteer regardless of their track choice. The first half of this block is spent in Jerusalem and the second half in a smaller city of Israel (for example Yerucham, Tiberias or Be’er Sheva). During the second half of the block options, participants are encouraged to lead an independent lifestyle. They live in apartments and are required to shop, cook, clean and budget for themselves. The group lives together and participates in many group activities/trips/learning seminars during this period.  The four track options that the participants have to choose from include:

 

 

Volunteering Format:

Jerusalem

‡  10-20 morning sessions (depends if taking another track) during the 5 weeks in Jerusalem

‡  Mondays through Thursdays between 9:00 - 13:00. 

‡  Volunteering options in Jerusalem include: working with children (in a kindergarten setting, or those suffering from serious illnesses or disabilities) retirement homes, adults with mental disabilities, soup kitchens, gardening etc.

Yerucham:

‡  10 full days of group volunteering on several different projects (including teaching Hebrew, painting homes, soup kitchens etc.). 

 

Israel Advocacy Track

Purpose:

Our purpose is to educate IBC participants about the Israel-Palestinian conflict and the complicated political issues in the Middle East in order to create the next generation of young ambassadors for Israel. This track is operated in partnership with “Stand With Us” - an international organization dedicated to education about Israel and correcting the misinformation that often surrounds the Middle East conflict. 

Goals:

1. Studying - the participants will meet with key figures in the political and diplomatic world in order learn about the different aspects of the conflict.

2. Developing personal skills - Learning to debate, blog and stand in front of a camera in order to be able to use the knowledge in a productive way.    

3. Touring Israel to extend knowledge - participants will visit some of the places they studied about - West Bank, Eastern Jerusalem, Security fence etc

Format:

Jerusalem - 10 morning sessions during the 5 weeks in Jerusalem, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 9:00-13:00

 

 

 

 

Sports Track

 

Purpose:

In collaboration with Maccabi Australia, IBC offers a sports track. Participants engage in sports activities, physical training as well as learning about the history of sport both in Israel and the diaspora. This track also has a focus on leadership (within a sporting environment). Participants within the sport track will also spend a week at The Wingate Institute - Israel’s national centre for physical education and sport. The goal of the Maccabi sports track is for participants to come back to Australia and be the future leaders of Maccabi. 

Format:

Jerusalem - 10 morning sessions during the 5 weeks in Jerusalem, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 9:00-13:00

 

Jewish Identity Track- Midrasha/Yeshiva

Purpose:

Our purpose is to strengthen the participants connection to Judaism and create a deep personal understanding of what it means to be a Jew and how the Jewish philosophy and traditions can be relevant in modern life and western society. Participants engage in ongoing conversation and discussion regarding their Jewish identities and relevant modern day questions and dilemmas. This track will be operated in partnership with “Torah Be Tzion Yeshiva” and “Midreshet Matan and/or Nishmat”.

Goals: 

1. Studying - Have the participants engage and analyse Jewish texts and understand the meaning behind such texts

2. Group discussions  - discussing Jewish philosophy and the relevance of Jewish studies in our lives

3. Judaism in Israel - Understanding and engaging with different ways of studying Judaism in Israel.

Format:

Jerusalem - 10 morning sessions during the 5 weeks in Jerusalem

Every Monday and Tuesday between 9:00-13:00. 

 

 

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