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.
“T’ruah helped me better articulate my political beliefs, as well as the clarifying Jewish values that I can bring into a conversation with congregants without imposing my political beliefs on them.”
— Hannah Spiro, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
The program is led by Rabbi Ian Chesir-Teran, Rabbinic Educator in Israel and by Itamar Haritan, 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.
Monthly excursions take place on Friday and 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 Ian to arrange a reduced price.
Summer Minimester 2019 — Introduction to the Occupation
|Sunday, July 7th, 2019||Fifty Years of Occupation: A Historical and Experiential Breaking the Silence Tour of the Central West Bank||8:00 – 18:00|
|Friday, July 19th, 2019||The Occupation and Forced Displacement: A Breaking the Silence Tour of the South Hebron Hills||8:00 – 16:00|
|Wednesday, August 7th, 2019||Evening of Conversation and Study with Rabbi Jill Jacobs and Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster||18:00 – 20:00|
The schedule for the 2019-2020 academic year is now up!
Part I: Understanding the Occupation
|Friday, October 25th||Hebron tiyyul||TBA|
|Thursday, November 14th||Military Courts Tiyyul||TBA|
|Friday, November 22, or Saturday, November 23||Fellows-led Chayei Sarah program||TBA|
|Monday, December 9||Storytelling workshop||evening|
|Monday, January 27||Gaza||evening|
|Friday, February 7||Tree planting||TBA|
Part II: Human Rights and Civil Rights in Israel Proper
|Monday, March 2||Evening program||TBA|
|Friday, March 27, and Saturday, March 28||Tiyyul and Shabbaton||TBA|
|Wednesday, April 22||Mizrahi Jews||evening|
|Monday, May 4th||Fellows-led Story Slam||evening|
- 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.
- We commit to ending our Friday programs two hours before Shabbat starts.
We want everybody to be able to participate in the program. If the cost is prohibitive for you, email us to arrange a reduced price.