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BiNA GAP YEAR

BINA Gap Year is a life-changing 11-month experience: be truly immersed in Israeli society, engage in impactful, hands-on social action in south Tel Aviv, and explore Jewish and Israeli culture from a secular perspective. 

BINA Gap Year offers two tracks: Service Year (Shnat Sherut) and BINA LEAP Year (Mechina). Our Service Year offers the opportunity to be a part of a joint group of Israelis and English speakers who spend their year with a unique focus on community work and volunteering in South Tel Aviv. While Our LEAP Mechina is more learning-focused and offers the chance to travel to the San Francisco Bay Area to explore Jewish peoplehood, learning, and social action in the diaspora alongside your Israeli peers. 

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Service Year (Shnat Sherut)

Shnat Sherut refers to a year of service for Israelis between high school and army service. BINA's Shnat Sherut consists of several groups, one of them being a joint group of Israelis and English speakers who spend their year with a unique focus on community work and volunteering in South Tel Aviv.

BINA LEAP Year (Mechina)

Join the international group at BINA’s Israeli Mechina and enjoy the best that Tel Aviv has to offer while you study, volunteer, and explore. Travel with your Israeli peers to the Bay Area of California to explore Jewish peoplehood, social activism, and study with BINA educators at the Oshman Family JCC.

Meet Our Participants

WHAT IS BINA?

BINA: The Jewish Movement for Social Change is an Israeli movement at the forefront of social activism and Jewish pluralism in Israel. Every year, BINA reaches over 50,000 Israelis and individuals from around the world through social, educational and community programs.

As a BINA Gap Year participant, you'll be a part of a diverse community of Israelis and internationals working toward social change through study and action.

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About Masa:
Masa is the global leader in immersive international career development and leadership
experiences in Israel for young Jewish adults from around the world.
With a variety of long-term programs in Israel, Masa is able to provide meaningful, enriching
experiences to young Jews from many different countries, backgrounds, levels of education,
and fields. Since its founding in 2004, Masa has helped over 150,000 young adults from 60+ countries to
strengthen their connection with Israel, empowering a new generation of connected,
committed, and inspired young Jewish adults. These young adults are changing the face of
the Jewish world and Israel, as professionals, community
leaders, and advocates. 

About Oshman Family JCC:

The Oshman Family JCC (OFJCC) on the Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life offers programs for all ages and interests. Our facilities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, a beautiful cultural arts hall, fully equipped classrooms and more.

Israel (+972) 53-603-3665 (call or text)USA (+1) 646-883-5105 (call or text) | gapyear@bina.org.il