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May 5 – May 21
May 26 – June 10
June 21 – July 6
Just $499 w flight included!
It’s hard to believe what you’ll accomplish in just seventeen days during the JLE. You’ll receive a comprehensive crash course on the latest ever-changing political situation directly from the experts in the Israel Foreign Ministry. Couple this with exciting classes on the timeless wisdom of your tradition from world-renowned rabbis and guided tours of Israel’s top sites from expert guides, and you’ll marvel at your new impressive perspective.
Participants also establish personal mentor relationships with successful religious professionals from Israel and the US.
* Space is limited. This trip is funded in part by the Israeli government in conjunction Ohr Somayach International. Restrictions may apply.
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The program has various components such as educational, cultural immersion, , networking, touring, and free time to explore on your own.
The Glassman Jewish Learning Exchange was the first peer-based Jewish learning program of its kind, and is still considered the premier Introductory program. For more than thirty years, the JLE has offered Jewish men from diverse backgrounds and affiliations an opportunity to explore Israel and what it means to be Jewish. On JLE, you will engage in a vibrant excursion through contemporary and classical Jewish thought. Importantly, you will take this journey in a warm and open environment with top young professionals and students from campuses all over world. JLE participants build lifelong friendships and become part of an exclusive alumni network.
The JLE is famous for its extensive touring program ranging from half day & full day expeditions around Jerusalem to 3 day tours up to the Golan, to the Galilee and down to the Negev. Whether you’ve never been to Israel or are have visited many times before, you’ll have a chance to visit places and gain perspectives that you have NEVER seen before! You’ll visit all the essential tourist attractions as well as many places off the beaten track. A healthy mix of camel rides, sunrise hikes, jeeping, and other action activities, make the touring component an exciting and FUN part of the program.
Classes will introduce you to the political side of Israel and give you the unique chance to learn about Israel and the peace process first hand. You can expect to gain the perspective needed to become an educated pro-Israel advocate by learning both up-to-date information. Equally importantly, you’ll learn effective ways of presenting the information.
Speakers (subject to change)
Participants will learn about Israeli history and politics, and receive advocacy training from top experts. Highlights include visits to the Israeli Foreign Ministry, Israel’s northern and southern borders with military experts, seeing Israel’s cutting edge technological accomplishments, and effective communication coaching with Hasbara Fellowships.
Jewish Belief and Philosophy
Rabbi Yitchak Breitowitz
Rabbi Breitowitz was the rabbi of the Woodside Synagogue in Silver Spring, Maryland for decades as well as a former associate professor of law at University of Maryland. He received rabbinical ordination from Ner Israel Rabbinical College and his law degree from Harvard Law School. He is currently a senior lecturer at Ohr Somayach Jerusalem.
Rabbi Dr. Dovid Gottlieb
Having received his Ph.D. at Brandeis University, Rabbi Gottlieb went on to become Professor of Philosophy at Johns Hopkins University. Today he is a senior faculty member at Ohr Somayach in Jerusalem. An accomplished author and lecturer, Rabbi Gottlieb has electrified audiences with his stimulating and energetic presentations on ethical, moral and philosophical issues.
- Belief In G-d
- Purpose of Creation
- Historical Verification of the Torah
- The Concept of the Chosen People
- Free Will
- Alternative Judaisms
- The Concept of Evil
- Where was G-d in the Holocaust
- Providence and Responsibility
- Mysticism, Meaning and Mitzvah
- Science and Judaism
- The Age of the Universe
- Nature & Miracles
- Cross Cultural Critique
- Anti Semitism
- Business Ethics
Rabbi David Kaplan
Rabbi Kaplan, originally from Chicago attended Northeastern University and received his rabbinical ordination in Jerusalem. He has lectured widely in Israel and America and is presently a senior lecturer in the Carla Schoen Institute of Ohr Somayach Jerusalem. His modern, streetwise approach to clarifying Jewish issues is an inspiration to people around the world.
- Basic Judaism
- Daily Ritual
- The Synagogue
- Teffilin, Mezuza, Kippa, Tzitzit
- The Cycle of Jewish Life i.Birth and Circumcision ii.Redemption of the First Born iii.Bar and Bat Mitzvah iv.Marriage and Divorce v.Death and Mourning Â· Between Man and Man i.Charity ii.Business Ethics iii.Laws of Slander & Libel iv. Honouring One’s Parents
- Cycle of the Jewish Year
- Kashrut – The Jewish Dietary Laws
- Shabbat – Day of RestÂ
- Hebrew Language Instruction
Rabbi Shlomo Wiener
Rabbi Wiener has been the Co-Director and Menahel Ruchani (Spiritual advisor) of the students of The Center For Judaic Studies from its inception. He places top priority to connect with every student in the program and to give them personal guidance to cultivate their full potential. He studied Torah for many years under the guidance of Torah luminaries such as HaGaon R’ Aharon Feldman Shlita, R’ Yisroel Ze’ev Gustman Z’l, and HaGaon R’ Tzvi Kushalevski Shlita. Rabbi Wiener has 17 years of experience in teaching and guiding students from all backgrounds and utilizes this vast reservoir continuously while leading the Center Program.
- Basic introduction to the written and spoken Hebrew language
- Classes available for the intermediate and advanced levels
In small groups and tutorials, the participants will learn to analyze classical Talmudic, Biblical and philosophical works. Emphasis will be placed on acquiring the critical analytical skills that have marked Jewish scholarship throughout the centuries.
Footloose in the Golan
- The Majestic Snow-Capped Hermon Mountains
- View Kunetra – Syrian ghost city
- Hike the magnificent trails of Wadi Yehudia and Debora Falls
- Learn the secret behind the Golan’s eucolyptus trees
- Wander in the Talmudic village of Katzrin
- Wine tasting at the internationally acclaimed Golan Wineries
- Climb Gamla, “the Masada of the North”
- Inner-tube down the Chisbon
- Chispin, a former Syrian army base
- Swim Wadi Daboria, Israel’s second highest waterfall
Jerusalem the Eternal
- The Knesset
- Climb the Ramparts of the Old City Walls
- Explore the Jewish Quarter
- Tour the Four Sephardi Synagogues
- Discover Batei Machse – financed by Baron de Rothschild to house the influx of Eastern European refugees
- Investigate the Kabbalists’ Alley
- Visit the Mount of Olives
In the Shadow of the Temple
- Experience the Western Wall – the Kotel Ham’arivi
- The Western Wall Tunnels
- Southern Temple Wall Excavations
- Ponder the Model of Herod’s Jerusalem during the Second Temple period
- Tour of Mount Scopus – archeological site of a Roman camp during the siege of the Second Temple
1948 Siege of Jerusalem
- Bab El Wad – the pre 1948 Jerusalem / Tel Aviv road
- British police station at Latrun – site of one of fiercest battles in the fall of Jerusalem
- The Shaar HaGai Mountain Road
- Castel – former Crusader Fortress
In the Footsteps of the Fighters – 1967 War of Liberation of Jerusalem
- Nebi Samuel – Burial site of the prophet Samuel
- Gibon, Beit Cahnina, Shuafat – strategic locations conquered by the Harel Armored Brigade before the attack on Ammunition Hill
- The Museum and Trenches of Ammunition Hill
- Mount Scopus – site of Haddasah Hospital and Hebrew University
- Tour of the old demarcation between East and West Jerusalem
History of a Nation
- Yad Vashem – the National Holocaust Museum
- Tel Aviv
- The Diaspora Museum
- Bnei Brak
- Visit the graves of the Maccabeans at Modi’in
- Witness the rebirth of the city of Chashmonaim
The Judean Desert
- Wander through over the Flour Cave
- Experience the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve
- Climb to the top of Masada
- Float in the Dead Sea
- Sleep in the tents of a Simulated Bedouin Camp
- Ride the Mamshit Camel trek into the Negev Desert
- Hike the Snapir Trail leading to the top of the Great Crater – Ein Yokneam
Safed the Mystical City – Experience its Kabbalistic and Historical Signifigance
- Greet the “Shabbat Queen” in the orchards where L’cha Dodi was composed by Rabbi Shlomo Alkabetz and sung by the Arizal and his students
- Explore the mysterious alleyways of Safed
- Tour Historical Safed throughout the ages, from its Biblical origins until the modern State of Israel
- Amuka – burial place of Yonason ben Uziel, where many come and pray for Divine assistance in meeting their spouse
- Meron – burial place of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, author of the Zohar
- Peki’in – site where Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai hid from the Romans for 12 years
Hiking in the Galil
- Scale the Arbel Mountains
- Discover the Ancient City of Tiberias
- Swim the Kineret
- Wadi Amad – the Trail of the Mystics, hike through the rapids
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