A Connection to Israel

myIsrael is an intentionally designed, immersive experience that presents the past, present and future of Israel in ways that provoke,cultivate and motivate student learning.Each of the seven weeks reflects a learning theme that guides the itinerary and design of the daily programming elements. The program design integrates historical religious, social and contemporary topics to reflect the dynamism and connectedness of Israeli life and capture its full meaning. Along the way students build connections with their Israeli counterparts, fueling their individual motivations and resulting in both lifelong learning and lifelong friendships.

Students who participate in myIsrael take home more than their memories. They return connected to their heritage and birthright and to the importance of making meaning in the world. They return with a deepened sense of empathy and a heightened ability to make complex ethical decisions. They come back with a greater appreciation for creativity and innovation, and with the capacity to persevere throughthe foreign and the unknown. They return with a clearer sense of self and their relationship to the world.
The program also includes home stays, social experiences with Israeli teenagers at other high schools, outdoor adventures and holiday and Shabbat celebrations, workshops, Israeli cultural experiences and field trips to sites throughout Israel.
Please see Rabbi Marc Baker's video on this page that explains Gann's Israel education vision in the coming years.

I know that I’ll be able to take my experiences and memories in Israel with me as I continue on through high school and then on to the rest of my life. Although it sounds cliché to say that being in Israel with my classmates was life-changing, but I honestly don’t know how else to describe it.

Goldie Davoudgoleh, '16

Gann's Evolving Israel Education Program

In this video, Rabbi Marc Baker explains the vision of Gann's Israel education program for the coming years.
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