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World Bnei Akiva - Kivun & Mechina Olamit

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Experiential Israel Year Programs in a Religious, Zionist, Open Atmosphere. Prepare for the time of your life!


Live in Israel. Develop your Jewish Identity. Have the time of your life!


Co-ed, International, 9 months

Kivun is a program for aspiring youth who want to experience life in Israel in a religious, Zionist, co-ed environment and become part of the fabric of Israeli culture. Together with friends from around the globe, Kivun participants live in apartments in Jerusalem, gaining independence, Jewish learning, and real-life skills. They advance their résumé while exploring the Israeli workforce during a professional internship, and make a real impact on Israeli society through intensive volunteering activities. Kivun participants gain a unique understanding of Israeli life through an incredible array of experiences such as Kibbutz, Volunteering, Magen David Adom, and the Marva IDF experience. On Kivun, participants grow as Jews, as Zionists, and as people through diverse learning and real-life experiences.



Mechina Olamit
Co-ed, International, 9 months

Mechina Olamit, in partnership with Kol Ami is a challenging and rewarding leadership program that encourages self-empowerment, teaches commitment, and develops skills for life. Living in Kibbutz Migdal Oz, you’ll build lasting friendships with participants from around the globe and Israelis your age, who are preparing for the IDF. Throughout this authentic Israel encounter your Hebrew will flourish, and you’ll gain invaluable skills to prepare you for community service, army, or your career choice in the future.

World Bnei Akiva is one of the largest and most popular Israel Gap year providers. For more than 80 years our transformative, experiential, year programs known as Hachshara, meaning “preparation”, have changed the lives of thousands of participants from around the world.


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