Updated: Dec 9, 2021
Two family groups of high school grads from 8 different countries have just begun their journey of discovery, personal development, independence, and adventure in Israel!
Stay tuned to this blog as we follow them around Israel as they forge their paths with Kivun!
Kivun is a Co-ed, experiential, 9-month Israel immersion program for the Northern Hemisphere, focusing on personal development, independent living and Jewish growth. Participants live in apartments in Jerusalem, where together with friends they learn about themselves, Judaism and Zionism through an incredible array of experiences such as Kibbutz, Volunteering, Seminars, Professional Internship, Magen David Adom, and IDF experience.
The past few weeks have been full of activities and programming. As we arrive at the conclusion of the Internship component of the year, the participants feel truly fulfilled and the growth they have experienced is truly palpable. Not only have they enjoyed their placements, Yeshiva-Midrasha, or MDA volunteering, but they have also gained so much through the routine of domestic responsibilities – and they have really excelled in this regard!
During our seminar days – which have featured the last two parts of Mathew’s course on the roots of the Israel-Palestinian conflict – we had a day focusing on understanding Aliya options and opportunities for advanced education in Israel. The day opened with a talk by former MK Rabbi Dov Lipman, and then participants had the chance to choose topics that interested them to focus on. This week we had a cultural tour of Tel Aviv, featuring street artists and graffiti that tell the story of the tapestry of Israeli culture.
This week we marked the 19th (“Yat”) of Kislev – a day of significance on the Chabad Chassidut movement. We gathered for a farbrengen with Rav Ari, learned about the background of the Chassidut movement and its influence, told Chassidic tales, and sang niggunim. The evening was both fun and really educational and was a great opportunity for group bonding. On Sunday morning we will be moving to Kibbutz Kfar Etzion. We dedicated time this week to preparations for this period and met with our Kibbutz coordinator Itzik – explaining to participants how things will work there in terms of work and programming. The time out of Jerusalem on Kibbutz is always more “chill” for the group, and a great opportunity for the group to focus on themselves without distractions of the hustle and bustle of the city. We complement this with diverse educational and social programming each day. We are especially excited about special programming over Kibbutz for Chanukah. It’s great to see how the participants have been so engaged in the preparations.
In addition, We are very excited to announce the new season for World Bnei Akiva: Kivun!
Registration for Kivun 2022/3 - 5783 opens October 7th, 2021
Please take a moment to think of any friends or family who, like your child, may be interested in a year in Israel of Jewish and personal growth and development – Their Hachshara. Their preparation for life!
Please direct them to www.worldbneiakiva.org/gapyearisrael for more information or to set up a call to learn more.