The Nesiya Summer Program is an Israel experience that combines outdoor adventure, workshops in the visual, performing and literary arts, community service projects, cultural activities and creative Jewish study in Israel.

Meet artists, educators, nature guides, activists, and community leaders who will work side by side with you creating, exploring, learning and building. Participants travel through four regions of Israel – the Negev, Galil, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, and the Judean Desert – and focus on the origins, development, and role of the land of Israel in the future of the Jewish people.

This summer, take a journey that makes a difference! Join Nesiya for five weeks in Israel with Israeli and North American peers from diverse backgrounds.

“I keep telling my friends and family that to send your daughter to Israel and see her literally growing in front of your face and hearing her developing those muscles to be open minded and hold multiple truths and perspectives is the most important lesson a person can ever learn – for work, for family, for friendship, for marriage, and for peace.”
Ilana Ruskay-Kidd - New York, New York; Nesiya 1987 and mother of Gabriella 2014
“My experience on Nesiya taught me to love all different types of people. It made me dig into difficult places in my soul that I didn’t know existed. It changed how I see the world…This program seemed real, raw, down to earth and NOT tourist-y. It builds a community. Faces the hard questions. Brings together unlikely friends. Explores bigger ideas. Emphasizes emotion. Cares about art.”
Jillian Axelrod - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
“I felt like the community emphasis really separated Nesiya from other programs. The Kehillah (community) helped me open up emotionally and realize the importance of my voice.”
Nava Rosenberg - Zichron Yaakov, Israel
“I learned to confront people and problems. I was given the opportunity to challenge ideas and customs I grew up with and to ask myself and others questions. I hope to continue my curiosity and honesty with myself and others. I hope to keep up with Israeli politics from both Israeli and American news sources.”
Rosie Rudavsky - New York, New York
“I now feel like I want to seek out who are different from me. I think I’ve gained a great sense of the complexity of the country. I want to continue to explore my Judaism when I get home.”
Eli Russell - Rydal, PA
“Nesiya was difficult, frustrating, and intense; 5 weeks of nonstop activity that allowed me to question, share, and argue my beliefs. Nesiya was a great experience! I gained a new outlook on life that isn’t shielded by bias and naïvete. I also gained a realization of the value of deep, intellectual, and logical conversations. I will try to apply this to my community at home.”
Esther Roselaar - Appleton, Wisconsin
“It was amazing to meet such different people. I changed in that I was able to start having conversations, not arguments.”
Jacob Henoch - Jerusalem, Israel
Countdown 'til Nesiya Summer 2016!

Nesiya Blog

Days 3-5: Wilderness

While the group continues their adventures in the desert, it is time for another update from the office. Wednesday morning we "slept in" and woke up at 7 AM. After breakfast and some icebreaker / [...]

By | June 30th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Day 2: In the Desert

Our first full day on Nesiya - what a ride! We woke up early this morning and hiked הר גמל (Har Gamal) to a great overlook into מכתש רמון (the Ramon Crater).  There, we discussed [...]

By | June 28th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Welcome to Israel!

Shalom, Nesiya 2016! Our North American chanichim have arrived, and we in Israel were so excited to meet them! After a brief greeting and check-in at the airport, the group is now beginning their activities [...]

By | June 27th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

On Our Way!

We are on our way! Our North American participants have successfully arrived and met at JFK Airport, and are about to head through security. The Israeli participants and staff are eagerly awaiting tomorrow, when we get [...]

By | June 26th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Save the Date! Nesiya Alumni Picnic on July 22nd שמרו את התאריך לפיקניק בוגרים 2016!

Hey Nesiya Alumni and Friends! שלום חברי נסיעה! It's that time of year again! הגיע הזמן למפגש בוגרים! We would love to see everyone for the Nesiya 2nd Annual Alumni Picnic, this year taking place [...]

By | June 23rd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Mifgash Yisraelim – Meeting the Israeli Participants 2016

Yesterday, on Monday evening, the Israeli participants came to the Nesiya office in Jerusalem to participate in a preparatory meeting before meeting and embarking on the trip next week with the American participants. They started [...]

By | June 21st, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Excited to start the journey – Nesiya Summer 2016!