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Gal.il Program

A place to
become a leader.
experience Israel.
break through your limits.
take responsibility.
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What is Gal.il?

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In partnership with Kol Ami, Gal.il is a six-month MASA gap year program in Israel, located in Kibbutz Amir that aims to connect Israeli and Jewish international participants. Kibbutz Amir is located in Upper Galilee, by the Jordan River and in sight of the foothills of Mount Hermon. The program offers an authentic Israeli experience, including trips around the country, an identity formation journey, learning, volunteering and much more.

The program is designed to integrate international and Israeli participants into the Israeli culture and provide an opportunity to deepen their connection to the land of Israel and their Jewish/Zionist identities. As a result, a variety of perspectives regarding what it means to be a Jewish leader are presented and explored. The program is fully in English, and transitions towards more Hebrew content, depending on the participants' Hebrew level. This program provides a meaningful gap year experience, filled with volunteer work, traveling, learning about Israel and other world topics, and opportunity for self and group improvement.

Program Details

Length

6 months

Start Date

September 1, 2023

End Date

February 22, 2024

Location

Kibbutz Amir, Israel

Cost

$14,000

*$200 Masa Discount Available

Participants

50-70

*Half from abroad

Language

English

*With Hebrew lessons

About Galil Elyon

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The Upper Galilee Leadership Institute (Mechinat Galil Elyon) was founded in 1998 with the spirit of democracy and pioneering and the mission of shaping identity and cultivating young leaders with values. Who are able to influence and are committed to the Jewish people and the Israeli society. The Institute enforces taking responsibility and leading while being caring and sensitive to one's surroundings for a better future.

Galil Elyon fosters a strong connection to Israeli, Jewish, and Zionist heritage. Our leaders search for the greater impact that they can have within the Israeli society.

The Mechina has 5 groups throughout the Galilee (including a six-month program for youth from all over the world). There are a total of 250 participants a year and 2,500 alumni.

Key Parts of the Program

Develop Leadership SkillsFaced with endless opportunities to better yourself and others, the participant learns to value leadership. Through group problems, new experiences, and constant responsibility, the Mechina achieves this.
StudyLearning new ideas and skills through the variety of trips, presenters, and seminars in the mechina, including lectures made by fellow participants.
VolunteerCreating meaningful experiences by volunteering in different places inside the kibbutz and outside; learning kindness, how to help others and create a better future for people all around Israel.
Travel IsraelTo know the land itself, the rich history that it has experienced and to give back to the land that the Mechina calls home.
Explore Your IdentityThrough many aspects such as Judaism, Leadership, personal values, and day to day experiences, exploring your own identity is a natural process of the Mechina, but is also emphasized.
Live in a KibbutzForging a stable alliance with the kibbutz the Mechina is situated in, and to further share the experience of a kibbutz life, with all of it’s communal values and togetherness.

The Program

Testimonials

Tamar Gadi
China

The Mechina has taught me how to become independent and take action. This time allowed me to grow as a person and shape my opinions while discovering who I am as an adult.

Yhonatan Gilboa
Kfar Uria, Israel

My experience in the Mechina can be summed up into two words: Learning curve. In the Mechina you learn a lot about yourself, about how to improve as a human being, as a friend, how to work in and be a part of a group, and how to put things into proportions.

Ella Brutman
Sunnyvale, California

Gal.il has allowed me explore new roles in a group setting along with strengthening my leadership, communication, and organization skills while reconnecting my home land, Israel.

Omer Avital
Palo Alto, California

I have developed a lot as a person and a leader throughout the Gal.il program. The leadership experiences and group life helped me gain confidence in myself and my abilities.

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