We are pleased to offer special programming in the Aish Gesher and Intermediate Programs. Here are some of the exciting features of our program which you can enjoy.
Through our Chesed program, students participate in different acts of kindness on behalf of Israel’s needy and for terrorist victims. They experience firsthand the pleasure that comes with selflessly giving back to Israel and taking responsibility for the Jewish people.
There is another aspect to our Chesed program as well. Taking advantage of our incredible location right across from the Western Wall, we invite the thousands of visitors to the Old City to join us in our Chesed activities. These visitors, often secular, are taught by our students about the Torah value of Chesed and allow them to experience it. Since our projects often coincide with the Jewish Holidays we also take the opportunity to explain to them Jewish holiday themes.
Our students really appreciate this incredibly unique opportunity to provide for the physical needs of Israel’s needy, and simultaneously provide for the spiritual needs of our Jewish brother and sisters who through our program strengthen their connection to their spiritual heritage.
Our Chesed Program Includes
- Making and delivering Rosh Hashana Get Well cards to sick children
- Making and delivering jewelry for Chanuka for child cancer patients
- Making and delivering Purim Packages for terrorist victims
- Making and delivering arts and craft flower arrangements for Shavuot for hospital patients
- Distributing free bottles of water to Kotel visitors, prior to Tisha B’Av, and encouraging them to continue performing kindness to others.
Trips and Tiyulim
In addition to this list, there are many one day hikes, tiyulim and activities
Winter overnight tiyul
- Usually held over Tu B’shvat and is based in the town of Yerucham in the Negev Desert
- Rappeling, caving, and hiking in the historically significant Judean Hills in the Beit Shemesh region
- Our very own in-house biblical archeologist, Rabbi Dovid Lichtman, then brings the group to various sites which are significant vantage points to understand the archeology and geography of Tanach.
- Beautiful Tu B’shvat event at the Yerucham Hostel, a beautiful facility nestled in a tranquil development town in the Negev Desert.
- Negev Desert Hike
- Dead Sea Swim
- Visit Masada
Spring Overnight Tiyul
- Unbeatable Lag B’omer festivities at Meron
- Kayaking in the Jordan River
- Major hikes in the Golan Heights
- Visit historically and biblical significant overlooks
- Visit Tzefat – Old City, Artists quarter, and the Jewish Cemetery
- Sleep in tepees in the Golan Heights and BBQ under the stars
Chevron and Kever Rachel
- Visit Me’aras Hamachpelah and Kever Rachel and tour the city of Chevron
Kiryat Sefer Shabbaton
- Visit historically significant Modi’in area
- Overlook archaeological digs of sites dating back to the Hasmonean era
- Spend Shabbos with host families
Yam L’Yam (Sea to Sea)
Take a cross-country hike known as Yam L’Yam the week after Sukkot. It’s a hike from Israel’s western coastline of Yam HaTichon/the Mediterranean Sea, to its eastern border of Yam HaKinneret/Sea of Galilee, a 65+ kilometer hike (40 miles, not counting the inclines and declines, including Israel’s 2nd-highest mountain, Mount Meron of 1208 meters).