Stay Tuned for Applications for Summer 2017!

Shana Tova! And Now to the Sukkah!

By | October 16th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Friends, As we approach the holiday of Sukkot, after the High Holidays, the excitement and joy in the Holy Land is palpable. Nights are filled with the noise of families building their sukkot, and between [...]

Shabbat Shalom: Thoughts on Peace, Peres and parshat Nitzavim

By | September 30th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |

“You are standing today, all of you, before Gd: your heads, your tribes, your elders and your officers--all the People of Israel: your small children, your women, and your convert who is in the midst [...]

Day 36: Closing Up Nesiya 2016

By | July 31st, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

The time has finally come, and we are saying goodbye to Nesiya 2016 - we have had an amazing summer together, and today we have spent time saying our teary goodbyes, discussing what we will [...]

Shabbat Shalom from Ein Gedi!

By | July 29th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

This week, our group is spending their final shabbat together at Ein Gedi, after spending the week deepening their conversations and creating art projects based on personal reflections. We have below a recap from Matthew [...]

Days 25-28: Jerusalem!

By | July 22nd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

What a week! After exploring urban Tel Aviv, our 2016 group moved over to Jerusalem, where we studied the history and current political and religious context in Israel today. We spent erev Shabbat together with [...]

Days 22-24: Tel Aviv!

By | July 19th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

After a rejuvenating weekend with old and new friends, our group is back together - exploring new places and concepts. Sunday morning we regrouped in Tel Aviv, where we started off with an introduction to [...]


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 (Nesiya 2014)
“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 (Nesiya 2014)
“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 2015)
“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 (Nesiya 2014)
“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 (Nesiya 2014)
Countdown 'til Nesiya Summer 2017!