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MDA, Marva, and Group Shabbat!- Kivun

Updated: Sep 19, 2022

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.


Over the past few weeks, the participants continued to progress in their respective elective tracks.


The participants have begun their shifts in Jerusalem. Each evening they have diverse educational programming including shiurim by Rav Ari, Shirel Lottner, a weekly peula with the madrichim, discussion groups and guest speakers. The small groups in each location allows for deeper and more meaningful conversations.


Last week the group had a really engaging and meaningful few days up North. They learned about the history of Israel’s wars, visited various IDF bases and also met soldiers who fought in Israel’s difficult wars. They came to the weekend excited after a fulfilling week! This week they are in a “sport week” which is primarily on base, before coming to Jerusalem next week for a focused week in and around Jerusalem.

This past Shabbat was a wonderful and really enjoyable group Shabbaton in Maccabim-Reut (near Modiin)! After five weeks of being apart – MDA and Marva separately – it was so nice to have the chance to catch-up, bond, exchange experiences and look forward towards the last few months of the program following this elective period. We enjoyed seeing how much the groups have progressed over the past few months. Royi Bercovici (head of Hachshara department) came with his family and really enjoyed getting to know the group better and giving a shiur!

The weekend really gave a good taste and sense of anticipation for the continuation of the program!


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