URJ Heller High: Isaac and Helaine Heller EIE High School in Israel (formerly NFTY-EIE) is a semester long (four months) program for high school students in grades 10-12 in Israel. Heller High is an intensive academic program and is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The program was established in 1961 by NFTY: The Reform Jewish Youth Movement. Many of the leaders of Reform Judaism today are alumni of this program.
Heller High is based on Kibbutz Tzuba, nestled in the Judean Hills, approximately fifteen minutes outside of Jerusalem, where the students live in dorm style housing. With very small class sizes, students take an advanced Jewish History class, an advanced Hebrew Ulpan, and their regular general studies courses to fulfill the requirements of their home high schools. While at Heller High, our students become immersed in the study of the history, culture and Land of Israel. Heller High offers a wide array of classes including Honors and AP courses, IB tutoring, and is capable of teaching nearly any course that is not listed in our program catalogue. We also offer a specially designed PSAT, SAT, and ACT prep courses, and many students take the ACT, PSAT, SAT, SAT Subject Tests, and AP exams while they attend Heller High. Our students' home high schools highly endorse Heller High, and welcome the opportunity to have their students participate in an international educational program.
Heller High students have a unique opportunity to benefit from experiential learning. Tiyulim (field trips), are taken to visit whatever they are learning about in their Jewish history class. On average, 1-2 days a week are spent out of the classroom on field trips. There are also numerous week long trips throughout the semester, including a pilgrimage to Poland to study the Holocaust, a week in Gadna, a simulated Israeli army training experience, a week-long hike across the country from sea to sea in the north, and much more!
Until 2016, the school was named "EIE" for the late Rabbi Maurice N. Eisendrath, past president of the World Union of Progressive Judaism, and for over a quarter of a century, president of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, now the Union for Reform Judaism, the congregational body of Reform Judaism in the United States and Canada.
Today, the school is named after Isaac (z"l) and Helaine Heller after the giving of a generous gift that now provides substantial scholarship opportunities for students.
Are you tired of just looking at pictures in your history text book? This fall, spring, or summer semester, take your own!