Shnat Hachshara is a yearlong educational and leadership gap year program in Israel for school leavers. Shnat Hachshara refers to a year of preparation. In the early days of the establishment of the State of Israel, this referred to preparation for the challenges of Aliyah including learning the required farming skills to be able to physically build the land of Israel. Shnat Hachshara today prepares the participants as future leaders in the Australian community and as potential future olim. The programs predominantly focus on leadership, ideological and educational development; in order that chanichim are ready to take on the world, their respective Jewish communities and more specifically their youth movements, as competent, educated and passionate leaders. The programs expose the participants to the real Israel, they have the opportunity to engage in hands on volunteering, explore the complex issues of the country with the support of excellent leaders and hear from high calibre speakers. The seminar is a 4 day-long program encompassing touring, hiking, inter-movement bonding and activities which focus on being a part of a movement, Zionism, and the experience of being away from home for a year. The Machon has been a core component in Australian shnat programs for decades and is highly reputable for its high level of leadership development and educational programs which focus on Israel, Zionism, Judaism, Hebrew and youth movement understanding. The program also offers a range of hikes, touring opportunities and volunteering experiences in a pluralistic, inter-movement environment, located in Jerusalem.
February - June 2021*
Our life-changing 5 month gap year programme in Israel.
You really want to know what Shnat is? Try it for yourself! Shnat is our 9 month gap year program in Israel for 18 years old school leavers.
Shnat Netzer is the ultimate gap year programme , providing an exciting, challenging and stimulating way to spend a long period of time in Israel and to be part of a communal way of life. Shnat Netzer will broaden your horizons and offer opportunities to discover yourself and Israel from a progressive perspective. Live in Jerusalem, make new friends from around the world, and travel around Israel to explore historical, political, cultural, and social issues. The Machon is a hub of global Jewish leadership training designed for young leaders from around the globe. At the Machon, you will be living in close proximity to other Shnat participants from diverse Jewish backgrounds, learn together, and build your own shared community. Activities at the Machon take place within an open and pluralistic environment that enables participants to learn from each other and create a networked community of change-agents for local and global action.
The Habonim Dror Shnat program is an intensive 9-month educational and leadership program in Israel. Each year we send roughly forty participants who will have a life-changing and eye-opening experience, and return home to be leaders of Habonim Dror and the Jewish community. Shnat plays a significant and central role in the movement and is our greatest source of strength and inspiration. Each component of our Shnat program is structured in a way that gives each participant the opportunity to educate, question and challenge themselves whilst at the same time living, experiencing and expressing the movement values and ideology.