Seminar Shvilim: Outdoor Expedition starts in Israel together with all of Ramah Seminar in Hodayot Youth Village, our base in the north of Israel, the Galil. Hike and rappel in the Golan Heights, climb down the Arbel Cliffs, swim in the waters of the Kinneret, and celebrate Shabbat with the entire Ramah Seminar community. After Shabbat, spend most of the week on your first masa (challenging trek): hiking in the Galil in the spirit of Shvil Yisrael, sleeping under the stars and taking part in the ancient tradition of “קום והתהלך בארץ” which are the words of God to Abraham, “Arise and walk the Land!”
After hiking in the north during the week, we’ll join the rest of the Seminar community in Jerusalem and celebrate a Ramah Shabbat together. Then we’ll spend a week together with all of Seminar exploring Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, the political, religious, cultural, and economic centers of the country. We’ll then disperse for host Shabbat, returning rested and ready to take part in the second masa on the Israel Trail along the Carmel mountain range and the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, including rock climbing, off trail navigating, and more!
Returning to Jerusalem for Shabbat, we will join the rest of Seminar for a several day unit concentrating on leadership followed by two days of the Israel Unwrapped in-depth elective. The next part of our adventure moves south, as we continue to the Negev and the Arava deserts for a tranquil desert Shabbat with all of Seminar followed by our third and final masa, into the wild and the desolate beauty of the Negev desert for our ultimate challenge, as we reflect on all we experienced on our journey through the land of Israel, the people of Israel, and ourselves.
We then return to Jerusalem for our final few days summing up our experience in Shvilim and Seminar leading to the conclusion of the program and a final Shabbat in Jerusalem. It is time to say l’hitraot to our friends, old and new.
Seminar Shvilim Includes:
- Israeli-style outdoor training
- Maps, topography, and off trail navigation
- Get to know your Israeli peers! Youth leaders your age from the Sayarut hiking clubs will join your masaot
- Visits to special green sustainable projects in different parts of the country, meeting people who are working hard to keep Israel green, and learning about their activism
- Visits to birdwatching stations and animal sanctuaries
- Special outdoors and extreme activities! Mountain biking, rock climbing, rafting, and more!
This program has limited space, so if you are interested, register today. Registration will close when we hit our limit.