Fall 2021 At a Glance

With over 3,700 alumni since its founding in 1961, URJ Heller High is the most experienced and trusted high school program in Israel for meaningful Jewish learning, spiritual experiences, personal growth, and academic success.

A one-time $5,000 tuition voucher will be awarded to every student
who enrolls and attends.  In addition, students can also apply for a need-based scholarship for up to $4,000!

AND… Students can earn up to an additional $7,500 in scholarships from
DREAM Israel by raising funds (fully tax-deductible) for specific projects in Israel.

Download the Fall 2021 Calendar

Academics

  • Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools for over twenty years.
  • PSAT, SAT, AP testing site; ACT may be given in nearby Jerusalem.
  • A wide array of courses offered including Regular, Honors, and AP; Heller High is capable of teaching almost any course requested.
  • College counseling by highly qualified staff with proven results.
  • Heller High staff work closely with home schools to plan a curriculum that suits each participant’s academic schedule of required courses.
  • Extra help / tutoring is available/
  • Seminars on writing, note-taking, study skills, and time management are offered.
  • Earn 2 semesters (1.0 credits) of high school language credits for Hebrew Honors.
    • Unique to Heller High – 100 academic hours and 30 field hours of Hebrew brings students to conversational level and 30 field hours.
  • Earn 3 semesters (1.5 credits) of high school social studies or elective credits for Israel Land, People, and Culture Honors (Jewish History).
    • All of Israel becomes the classroom on 25 academic field trips providing a hands-on learning experience.
  • Earn 2 semesters (1.0 credits) of Physical Education credit.
  • Students perform and receive 30 hours of community service credit.
  • Earn up to 15 college credits concurrently from Gratz College in Israel for Israel Land, People, and Culture and Hebrew.

Field Trips

  • Poland Pilgrimage (if global health conditions permit) includes Warsaw, Krakow, Lublin, Maidanek, Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps.
  • Sea to Sea hike from the Kinneret to the Mediterranean includes orienteering and mountain biking.
  • Travel to Eilat, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Golan Heights, & places in between including Masada, Ein Gedi, the Dead Sea, and the Northern Adventure to the Golan Heights. Jerusalem is in our backyard! 
  • Eilat trip includes Bedouin experience, camel riding, snorkeling, and desert hiking.
  • Visit an Arab village and engage in a dialogue with an Imam.
  • Northern Adventure includes visiting a Druze village for a cultural and culinary experience.

Social Life

  • Meet and make lifelong friendships with Jewish teens from across North America.
  • Enjoy scheduled evenings out in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
  • Mifgashim – gatherings – with Israeli peers from surrounding communities.
  • Evening activities planned and lead by participants and counselors.
  • 10 weekends during the semester open for visiting friends and family.
  • Opportunities to meet and interact with members of Kibbutz Tzuba.

Travel & Recreation

  • Parents’ Pilgrimage – Participants (parents, grandparents, siblings, friends) stay in the same kibbutz hotel as the students, visit classes and sites (If individual tourist entry to Israel is permitted).
  • Swimming pool, basketball, tennis courts and outdoor workout area available in season on the kibbutz.
  • It may be possible for special arrangements can be made for students to have private instruction in music, art, soccer, tennis! Ask us, and we will do our best to help you progress in your sport or art.

Spiritual

  • Study Judaism: history, philosophy, traditions, Tanach and Talmud, and ideology of Reform Judaism.
  • Jewish holidays and festivals, including the Shabbat, High Holidays, Sukkot, and Hanukkah, are examined and celebrated from a liberal perspective.
  • Meet with prominent Reform rabbis and community leaders.
  • Liberal Jewish values.
  • Celebrate Shabbat, holidays and special events in the Jewish calendar in a Reform liberal setting
  • Enjoy home hospitality with an Israeli family and celebrate major holidays.
  • Tzedakah (social justice): Community service volunteer projects throughout the semester where students learn about the special Jewish approach to giving of themselves.

Campus Life-Style

  • Students live on Kibbutz Tzuba located right outside Jerusalem, in an organic Israeli environment
  • Excellent accommodations in the Kibbutz Tzuba hotel. Each air-conditioned two-room suite has a full bath, Wi-Fi, private balcony, small refrigerator, and microwave
  • 100% kosher, high quality food with varied menus and sensitivity to students with special diets
  • Full-time Social Worker overseeing student life and social integration
  • 10 weekends during the semester open for visiting friends and family

Financial Information

  • For Fall 2021 ONLY: All students will receive a $5,000 tuition voucher.
  • Generous Heller High need-based scholarships up to an additional $4,000, available to those with demonstrated financial need.
  • By participating in DREAM Israel, an effort by the Boruchin Center of JNF-USA, students can earn up to an additional $7,500 in scholarship by raising funds for specific projects in Israel. All donations are tax deductible.

Questions?

Questions? Contact: Robin Kulwin, Associate Principal, Director of Admissions, rkulwin@urj.org; (212) 650-4073