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Kivun is a life-changing gap year program where you’ll experience living independently in Israel, encounter Israeli society first-hand, and engage with Judaism like never before!

The program is for young adults who are highly motivated to get the most out of their year in Israel with World Bnei Akiva and want to grow as a Jew and develop as a person.

Over the course of Kivun you’ll gain a unique understanding of Israeli life through an incredible array of experiences and authentic interactions all while having amazing fun together with new friends from around the globe. You’ll live in apartments in Jerusalem, discover all of Israel, gaining independence, Jewish growth, and real-life skills to take back home.


Application Deadlines are in line with the Joint Yeshiva & Seminary application.

 - Girl’s Deadline is December 1st 2022

 - Boy’s Deadline is January 15th 2023

We will continue to accept applications past

the deadline but won’t be able to guarantee places on the program.


At a glance

Duration: 9 months

Sep: High Holidays

Oct: Kibbutz - Pioneering Experience

Nov/Dec: Internships

Jan/Feb: Electives: MDA/Marva

Mar: Volunteering & Israel/Judaism Seminars

Apr: Zionism & National Holiday Seminars

May: Learning & Leadership

June: Closing seminar

Your first year after school is your first real opportunity to shape your future life direction and choose the values you wish to live by.

That’s why we’ve designed the Kivun program, to help you explore your Judaism and Zionism in a positive and non-judgmental environment, and to help you forge your own personal direction.

Kivun will facilitate your personal and religious growth through diverse and challenging experiences, giving an authentic encounter with Israel. It will deepen your understanding of Judaism through relevant and contemporary learning from ancient texts to modern, cutting-edge issues.

Bnei Akiva believes that our learning and personal growth must be matched by a commitment to action - or in other words, Torah Va’Avodah. On Kivun you will become active contributors to Israeli society, making a tangible difference to people and communities.

And Kivun doesn’t end there: our vision is for graduates of Kivun to make a lifelong commitment to giving back to others, through being involved in Bnei Akiva, the wider community and Israel.


Bnei Akiva - a global community


Kivun has been uniquely created to meet your needs as young Jews. Most of the program is with likeminded youth from North America, England, mainland Europe and beyond. Additionally, significant parts of the year have been designed to cross paths with other World Bnei Akiva Hachshara programs from around the world.  This means you will have the opportunity to learn, hike and celebrate chagim with other young Jews from over 15 different countries; from Australia to Italy and from Uruguay to South Africa. The coming together of future Jewish leaders from so many different countries and backgrounds will enrich your year and give you friends from around the world.

Journey to Poland

Kivun participants have the special opportunity of visiting Poland as part of their year with World Bnei Akiva: Hachshara. Starting and ending in Israel, the trip focuses on the experiences of Polish Jewry throughout its history.

You’ll explore the immense and beautiful Jewry of pre-war Poland, dating back 800 years, and you’ll examine the years of the Holocaust by visiting Jewish ghettos, death and labour camps, and other significant sites. The trip is prepared meticulously by our educational team so that the experience is a meaningful one. Whilst in Israel, you’ll prepare for your journey to Poland, and on your return, you’ll deal with processing and concluding the many
concepts and issues that the trip covered.

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Meet The Team



Director, Kivun