Semester in Israel Program for Jewish High School Students

Immerse yourself in the richness of the land, culture, people and history of Israel, all while earning high school credit.

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  • Cultural Zionism in the Heller High Curriculum

    By David Alon Teacher: “Class, what’s the definition of Zionism?” Students, in unison: “Zionism is the aspiration of the Jewish people to build a Jewish democratic state in Eretz Yisrael (the Land of Israel)!” By now we have a good understanding that Zionism is the founding ideology of the State of Israel, but it’s time […]

  • Learning by Experiencing: Crusaders and Mystical Tzfat

    By Evan Wertheim Classes in Heller High are truly unique. In one day of class, we conquer a 12th-century Crusader castle in the morning and move into the spiritual realms of Tzfat and Kabbalah of the 16th-century by the afternoon. We storm the 800-year-old Belvoir castle, discovering hidden passageways that soldiers would use to sneak […]

OUR MISSION

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.

 

OUR VISION

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.