Gesher Israel Program

Gesher Israel Seminar connects Boston-area teens with students at our sibling school in Haifa, building a dynamic and brave space to learn about each other’s lives and discuss Israeli culture, politics, history, innovation, and current events.

  • time 10th-12th grades
  • location Hebrew College
  • duration Meets six Sundays, October-May
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Seminars: Gesher Israel seminars will meet on six Sundays from 1:00-3:00pm to allow us to connect with teens at our mifgash sibling school in Haifa; exact dates TBD. Accepted teens from across the Boston area will meet in person at Hebrew College in Newton Centre for most sessions, with the option to gather on Zoom for one to two sessions.

While we do not yet know if we will get to host or visit our mifgash partners from Haifa’s Reali School in person, we look forward to connecting in every way possible next year.


  • Gesher Israel Seminar with an online mifgash component: TBD
  • Gesher Israel Seminar with an in-person   (subsidized Israel teen trip) component: TBD

Thank you to the Boston-Haifa Connection of CJP for their support of Gesher Israel Seminar. 

Financial Aid

We are committed to helping ensure access to Jewish education. If costs are a barrier, we encourage you to speak with your rabbi or education director about teen learning scholarships and to indicate on your registration form if you would like to apply for financial aid. Financial aid is awarded on a rolling basis and we encourage you to apply early. Once an application is submitted, you will be notified of your award within two weeks.

For the financial aid, please fill out an application. Please direct questions to Bob Gielow, Director of the Office of Student Services, at or Rabbi Laura Bellows, or call 617-559-8802.