Shnat Netzer is a unique 8 to 10 month leadership training program for young adults in Israel that develops the skills and knowledge necessary for them to become madrichim (leaders) in the movement.
It facilitates personal development, offers opportunities to study Jewish and Zionist ideals and provides a structured environment for learning about and experiencing Netzer’s principles.
Shnat Netzer is an exciting, challenging and stimulating way to spend a year in Israel and to be part of a communal way of life. Shnat Netzer will broaden your horizons and offering in opportunities to discover yourself and what it means to be Jewish and live in Israel from a progressive perspective. You will be able to form life- long friendships both with your peers within the Shnat Netzer group and with other Jews from around the world whom you will meet throughout the year. If you have been involved with a Netzer branch or if you have grown up in a Reform/ Progressive Jewish community and you are wandering where to go from here, this is the natural way to continue that involvement. It’s a chance to acquire a whole new range of skills and abilities and many wonderful memories.
The year is spent with participants from all over the world, including South Africa, Australia, Argentina, North America, the Former Soviet Union and Europe. Together you will be able to develop skills and share experiences to help you become knowledgeable youth leaders.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to join for the whole year?
Doing the whole 8.5 months is definitely the best way to get the most out of the program and Israel. There is an option to join half the program though.
When does the program start and finish?
Shnat Netzer program runs from October to June for participants who join the program from Europe and North America and from February to November for the participants who join the program from Australia and SA.
Can I receive a grant?
Each participant will receive a $500 grant from Masa and may apply for a needs-based scholarship.
Will my studies suffer if I am away for a whole year?
Definitely not! A year away will be very beneficial and offer you valuable space and time to develop. Many colleges and universities actually prefer their students to take a year off before embarking on a course of higher education and accumulate life experiences. They reason that students who have been away for a while are more mature and can cope much better with the educational and other pressures of college life. Many employers also see a year abroad before college as an advantage and a builder of character.
How is the program staffed?
Netzer Olami employs a full time, dedicated, professional staff to work on the Shnat Netzer program. Each group has a madrich (leader) who accompanies it during the year and staff responsible for their welfare and educational content at each location. Shnat Netzer, unlike some other programs, does not have ‘live-in’ staff. We believe that the experience of the program will be more significant if the participants can be independent. Of course, there are rules and regulations that participants must agree to before joining, and abide by during the program, and our staff is available around the clock in the event of any situation.
What about Safety and Security?
We treat the safety and security of our participants as our number one priority, and take all precautions to ensure that the program is safe while maintaining its quality. Netzer Olami regularly receives information about all aspects of safety and security from the Jewish Agency situation room and local authorities and update all groups accordingly. Staff is available 24 hours a day to answer questions from participants should they have any concerns. Program changes will be made if security demands it.