Masada College The Year 10 Israel Study Tour (IST)
Masada College is a Jewish Day school in the North Shore of Sydney which focuses on the vision that its graduates leave with a strong sense of community and responsibility and a strong understanding of their Australian and Jewish heritage.
The Year 10 Israel Study Tour (IST) is one of the oldest running year 10 Israel programs in Australia. Last year participation numbers reached 70% of the cohort ensuring that IST became one of the largest Year 10 Israel programs in the world.
- Program date: 11 November 2018 – 30 December 2018
- About the program:
- IST is designed to build on and consolidate the Jewish learning and identity that students have developed in school, through its emphasis on authenticity, above and beyond just a school excursion. The program aims to foster a love and connection to the state of Israel, enhance the sense of belonging and commitment to the Jewish people, develop a commitment to Torah values and engagement in Jewish life, and above all, to give students a hands-on fun and stimulating learning experience. The participation of Jewish teens in an educational Israel experience has been proved to strengthen Jewish identity.
- The 6-week program is designed to strengthen our students’ connection to Israel’s history, society, culture and geography. The length of the program provides the opportunity of truly experiencing living in our national homeland. The tour begins with 1 week in Poland, followed by 5 weeks in Israel
‘After I had been in Israel for about three weeks my mum texted me and asked if I was homesick. I texted back “How can a Jew feel homesick in Israel?” What was so great about our trip was that Israel became like a second home and I know I can always go back.’
Adam, Masada College
By visiting Israel they have a hands on experience and get to see, hear and understand all the aspects of the land, its history, its people past and present, its politics, its language, its social fibre, its geography, its culture and sacred sites that they have learned of over their many years at school. Nothing can replace the experiential education they have through the trip and we believe that while it is not a guarantee, it will certainly go towards their sense of the importance of Jewish continuity.Wendy Barel, Principal of Masada
‘There is nothing more important to invest in than your own child, your own continuity, your own legacy…and this program provides this opportunity.’
Rabbi Benji Levy, Moriah College