Welcome to Heller High

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.





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.


18 Years of Am עם–Torah תורה–Eretz ארץ

By David Alon, Jewish History Teacher I came to Israel on a trip for college students in 1998, and they decided to play a memorable trick on us.  We were all invited to orthodox families in Jerusalem for Shabbat dinner, and each group of students was given the address...

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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...

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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...

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