Torani is an uplifting, inspiring and empowering gap year programme in Israel with Bnei Akiva. You’ll learn new skills, enhance old ones, develop your Jewish identity and adapt to new environments - all while enjoying the group experience.
On Torani, you’ll spend most of your year in Yeshiva/Midrasha, as well as having the Bnei Akiva experience of Israel, which includes enriching seminars, leadership training, Shabbatonim, and living on a Kibbutz.
On Torani, you will learn about Judaism as you never had before, and gain the skills, drive and passion to develop your own Jewish identity. Torani is all about learning: learning about yourself and learning to be a leader. It’s a year for yourself, but it is especially a year to learn how you can make an impact on society around you.
Application deadline for Torani is December 1st, for both boys and girls for all institutions.
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: Opening Tiyul and Shabbat
Oct: Sukkot Seminar
Dec: Shabbat Hachshara & Ha’Irgun
Jan: Community Shabbat
Feb: Shabbat Shevet Dorot
Mar/April: Pesach Seminar
June: Closing Shabbaton
Torani is designed to enhance your year of learning. When you are not in Yeshiva or Midrasha we’ll provide a variety of programmes to let you live and feel the pulse of the Land and State of Israel. Torani will be your family in Israel. A year in Midrasha or Yeshiva will be the most independent that you have ever been in your life, yet with Torani you can relax with the knowledge that your needs are being looked after. From welcoming you at Ben Gurion Airport and taking you to your Midrasha or Yeshiva, to arranging shabbat hospitality for whenever you need, you can always rely on us to be there for you!
A few times during the year, Torani will reunite to spend Shabbat together. We choose the venues carefully so that you’ll enjoy Shabbat against a backdrop of some of Israel’s most beautiful settings. You’ll sing, share Divrei Torah, and enjoy meals together – all while seeing much more of Israel.
Shabbat Irgun in Israel is the culmination of a month of celebrations, which includes a special ceremony at which the newest shevet name is revealed. Shabbat Ha’irgun is the highlight of the year for members of Bnei Akiva in Israel – and you’ll be joining one of the local branches of BA to share in the celebrations, and getting to know your Israeli counterparts.
Torani will join together with the rest of World Bnei Akiva’s many Hachshara programmes from all over the world to enjoy Shabbat with an international flavor. There will be around 200 people from every continent, and while you might not all speak the same language, you ’ll all have one thing in common – you are all part of Bnei Akiva
TORANI & WBA
Throughout Torani our experiences will be infused with ‘what it means to be a part of Am Yisrael’ already as a group of individuals from the United Kingdom
and Europe we will learn about different hashkafot and most importantly focus on community responsibility. – Kol Yisrael Areivim Ze Baze. Being on a
Hachshara program allows you to meet and have interactions with different cultures and groups from other countries – as well as exploring the
responsibility Am Yisrael’s role in this generation.
Whilst living in Israel for the year Torani strives to explore and enhance your time through tiyulim and shabbatonim across the country. Throughout your
time on Torani you will learn about influential personalities that helped to build the state, learn about the Pioneers and the history of the IDF and Israeli
Wars. We will also explore what modern Israel is – understanding what Avodah means today and exploring and understanding the political landscape. On
Torani we will endevour to increase your Hasbara skills (Israel Advocacy) as well as your love for the Land of Israel!
Mostly experienced through your time at Midrasha or Yeshiva, everything we do on Torani is infused with Torat Yisrael. Through open beit midrah, Shiurim
and chaburot we not only provide many opportunities for you to partake in Torat Yisrael but also learn how to lead it. With constant opportunities to lead
Meet The Team
Head of Program – Torani
CEO & Director of Israel Programs
HOW TO APPLY
Click below on the APPLY HERE button | Once you have begun the application process, you can sign back in as many times as you like to continue the application.
Register with MASA at www.masaisrael.org | Masa is a project of the Israeli government that offers Hachshara participants an automatic grant, with further needs based funding available.
How much does Torani cost?
The programme fee is £2500 payable to Bnei Akiva UK which covers return group flights, administration and programming during the year. Additional funding may be available in the form of a UJIA subsidy. This fee, paid to Bnei Akiva UK, covers flights, administration costs and upgraded activities. Each Yeshiva or Midrasha will notify all applicants of their fee, and this should be paid directly to them.
How will I know if I have been accepted?
After we receive and review your application, you’ll be invited for an interview. Your interview allows us to get to know you a bit better and assess your suitability for the program. It will also give you the opportunity to ask any specific questions you may have.
Shortly after the interview, you’ll be informed of your acceptance. Your place will be confirmed only after the payment plan has been agreed
Torani was one of the highlights of my time in Israel. It gave me a chance to connect with and make new friends in other yeshivot/ midrashot who also cared about Bnei Akiva.
I loved how there were programs run during the holidays so that I didn’t need to stress about what to fill my time doing. Instead we went on incredible tiyulim around the country. The highlight of my year in Israel was spending time working on a kibbutz for a couple weeks. I had the chance to milk cows, work the land and spend lots of time in the Ma’ayan (spring). Working on the Kibbutz culminated in spending Seder night together which was an incredible experience where we all shared our customs and thoughts on the Seder.
Spending this year in Israel on Torani has been an unbelievable experience. An experience full of joy, life lessons, and opportunities. Through Torani I got the zchut to spend my year in midreshet Harova, where I got the skills to learn, understand and enjoy Torah on a very deep level. What's amazing about Torani is that whatever fun experience we have together, it is surrounded by this beautiful atmosphere of Torah, song and dance. Thanks to the incredible people on Torani, it has been a blast!”