If you are a religious Jewish girl finishing high school and ready to spend a year in Israel, there is now a great option available to you. I got an email from my cousin who lives in Mitzpe Netofa about a new program called Midreshet Netofa.
Just so the rest of us can at least talk about our envy, here are some highlights of this program:
- Learn by going on hikes and touring.
- Explore creativity in art: light and form, perspective and composition, technique, elements of drawing, photography.
- Meet with olive growers, wine makers and farmers as you learn about mitzvot associated with the land.
- Learn about Kashrut in the classroom, in the kitchen, and out in the field.
- Visit art museums, cultural centers, and performing art complexes.
- Connect texts to Mitzvot between man and his fellow man.
- Create your own family genealogy in the art studio.
- Develop individual expression through dance, movement and music.
- Study texts (such as Judges or the Book of Esther) with a focus on women.
- Participate in events throughout the country for Yom HaShoah, Yom HaZikaron, Yom HaAtzma’ut, and Yom Yerushalayim.
And the people in Mitpeh Netofa are really nice; I’ve been there three times.
Any of this sound good to you? Play with this: if you could spend a year in this setting, what parts of this program would you most enjoy?