Global Change Agents - FAQ's

What are the program dates?

Semester I – Septrember 1, 2015 – January 14, 2016

Semester II – February 1, 2016 – May 25, 2016


Who is running the Program?

The Global Change Agent Gap Year is a partnership between the Jewish Agency for Israel’s Global Leadership Project, headed by Sarah Mali, and Kadima, which is a new initiative, which offers a range of Israel/Diaspora and social action programming, in a pluralistic framework. Kadima is headed by Rabbi Andy Bachman, a leading Reform Rabbi who lives in Brooklyn, NY, and Rabbi Shimon Felix, an Orthodox  Rabbi and educator, originally from New York, who lives in Jerusalem.


Where is the program located?

In Kiryat Moriah, Jerusalem; a large, lively, gated campus owned by the Jewish Agency. It is within easy walking distance of the Sherover Promenade (beautiful view of Old City), and the neighborhoods of Talpiyot, Bak’aa, Emek Refaim, and a short bus ride (or 25-30 minute walk) to downtown Jerusalem, Mamilla, and the Old City. Kiryat Moriah’s dining room serves a full range of meal options, including vegetarian, and the dormitories have three and four person rooms.   


How much is tuition?

$9,500 per semester. This includes room and board, all classes, trips, and our trip to Europe. One can choose to participate for just the first semester, or to continue on to the second. Some tuition assistance is available, on a limited, needs-based basis.


Where will we be going to in Europe, and what will we be doing?

During the first semester, as part of giving our participants a global experience of Jewish life and leadership, we will travel for a week to ten days to a European city (to be announced) to learn about the area’s past and present. We will meet with the local Jewish leadership, and see how they are addressing the challenges and opportunities they face.  


Who will be on the program?

Recent High School graduates from North and South America and Europe. Participants will have a wide range of Jewish identities and experiences.


Will the food be Kosher?

All the food supplied by the program, in the Kiryat Moriah campus and on trips, will be kosher.


What about Shabbat?

Shabbat and Holiday programming will be in the spirit of the day. We are committed to making the program comfortable for everyone from the Orthodox to the unaffiliated, while challenging all our students intellectually and invigorating them spiritually.


What is the Program’s focus?

-Leadership training, taught by instructors who themselves were trained by Harvard’s Kennedy School in their Adaptive Leadership Model.

-Intensive Hebrew Language instruction.

-Case studies and visits with leading Israeli change-makers in the fields of social action, education, politics, business, and technology.

- Internships with organizations and institutions of your choice.

- An in-depth look at Israel and its current challenges.

-Pluralistic study of Jewish texts, both classical and contemporary, with an emphasis on social justice concerns.

- A trip to Europe to see and interact with a Jewish community in action, as part of our global focus.