The T‘ruah Year-in-Israel program offers rabbinical and cantorial students spending the academic year in Israel the opportunity to develop their rabbinic voice on human rights issues in Israel and in the occupied Palestinian territories.

This is a two-tiered program: The Year-in-Israel program is open to all North American rabbinical and cantorial students spending the year in Israel. The T’ruah Israel fellowship is an application-based program, through which a small cohort of students participate in leadership development and help to run the Year-in-Israel program for their peers.

The program is led by Rabbi Ian Chesir-Teran, Rabbinic Educator in Israel and by Neta Hamami Tabib Dror, Israel Program Manager. T’ruah’s Israel Fellows provide additional leadership.

The program consists of:

  • Monthly on-the-ground learning experiences visiting with Israelis, Palestinians in the West Bank, Palestinian citizens of Israel, and asylum seekers affected by human rights issues.
  • Study of Jewish texts that address contemporary human rights concerns.
  • Relationship building with future colleagues across denominational lines.
  • Developing a rabbinic voice to speak about these issues with congregants.

Friday excursions return to Jerusalem two hours before Shabbat begins.

We encourage you to sign up for the entire year, as each session builds on the previous ones, and as group formation takes place over the course of the year.

We want everybody to be able to participate in the program. If the cost is prohibitive for you, email Neta ( to arrange a reduced price.

2021-2022 Academic Year

You can register for individual programs and the full package of programs here.

Monday, October 25, 2021,18:30-20:30 | Find Your Voice for Change – System Ali Workshop

Monday, November 1, 2021, 18:30-20:30 | Opening Lecture: Human rights in Israel-Palestine – We’re all Connected

Friday, November 5, 2021, 08:00-15:00 | East Jerusalem Tiyyul: The Seventy Faces of Occupation

Thursday, December 13, 2021, 18:30-21:00 | Two Systems of Law РA Talk with Military Court Watch

Friday, January 28, 2022, 08:00-15:30 | South Hebron Hills Tiyyul and tree planting with Breaking the Silence

Monday, February 21, 2022, 18:30-20:30 | Speak Up! Storytelling Workshop

Monday, March 21, 2022, 18:30-20:30 | What is Happening in Gaza? A lecture-talk with Gisha

Friday, April 29, 2022, 08:00-15:30 | The Mizrahi Identity as a bridge between Palestinians and Jews – Tiyyul in Haifa

Monday, May 16, 2022, 18:30-21:00 | Story Slam Evening

Please note: Dates are subject to change due to forces outside of our control. If this should happen, we will give as much advance notice as possible. In the event that a trip is canceled, we are not able to refund money to full-year participants.