Growing up in South Africa, from the time I was about eight years old, I was a member of Habonim; a Zionist youth movement. This was the time of Apartheid, and as my awareness grew, I found that I identified less and less with the country in which I was living. With the State growing […]
Jewish education is predicated on dialogue, discussion and the occasional heated disagreement. Our Talmud is rife with animated arguments spanning generations about the interpretation of Halakha (Jewish Law) that we still grapple with more than 1,500 years later. Chevruta (partner/small group learning) is the traditional way we learn Talmud, seeking to understand together before turning […]
To Inspire in our students, the future leaders and members of Reform Judaism, a commitment to and deep love of North American Judaism, the Jewish People and the State of Israel.
URJ Heller High achieves this mission by elevating and deepening our students’ knowledge of and connection to Jewish history, Judaism, Zionism and the modern State of Israel. With Israel as our classroom, we build a dynamic learning environment where formal instruction, experiential learning and travel combine to bring Jewish living and learning to life. Our skilled and engaging teachers create an inclusive community that fosters the development of future lay and professional leaders for Reform Judaism.
With over 3,500 alumni since its founding in 1961, URJ Heller High (formerly NFTY-EIE) is the most experienced and most trusted high school in Israel program for meaningful Jewish learning, spiritual experiences, personal growth, and academic success.