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Israel Guidance

The Israel Guidance department of HAFTR facilitates the process of planning to spend a year of study in Israel. The Israel year has proven to be one of the most significant experiences for our graduates. All of the Jewish values that are essential to HAFTR’s Modern Orthodox Religious Zionist mission are enhanced by a year of study in Israel. Students meet with Rabbi Wienerkur to discuss this important decision. Parents are also welcome to make appointments to discuss as well.

Appropriate schools based upon academics, location, school size and social setting will be suggested. In November, Israeli representatives of the programs will visit the US for recruitment. Parents and students are encouraged to attend Long Island Israel night to hear from the representatives.

Applications for most schools can be found on Applytosem.org (girls) or Yeshivaapplication.org (boys).

Students should ask two teachers to serve as references. The teacher receives an email from the website and fills out the recommendation online. Student transcripts and medical forms are scanned and uploaded to the website. Interviews with the respective schools are set up through the Israel guidance office and take place in HAFTR. Students will receive acceptance letters via email.  Girls need to commit to the school of their choice by mid-February while boys need to do so by mid-March.

Rabbi Wienerkur can be reached at 516 316-2306 or lewis.wienerkur@gmail.com.

We look forward to meeting with you.

Girls Timeline:

  • September – October: Israel guidance meetings
  • Mid-November: Long Island Israel night: Israel representatives visit during school hours to meet with students
  • December 1st: Application deadline on applytosem.org
  • Early-Mid December: Interviews begin
  • Mid- January: Acceptances 
  • Early February: Commitment to school of choice

 

Boys Timeline:

  • September – October: Israel guidance meetings
  • Mid-November: Long Island Israel night: Israel representatives visit during school hours to meet with students
  • Mid-January: Applications deadline on yeshivaapplication.org
  • Early February: Interviews begin
  • Late February: Acceptances
  • Early March: Commitment to school of choice