NCJHS believes that the creation of the State of Israel is one of the seminal events in Jewish history. Recognizing the significance of the State and its national institutions, we seek to instill in our students an attachment to the State of Israel and its people as well as a sense of responsibility for their welfare.
New Community Jewish High School also believes that high school is the best time and place to help Jewish teens develop a lifelong appreciation of, and connection to, Judaism and Am Yisrael (the Jewish people). Our Global Jewish Education department gives students opportunities to experience, understand and feel his/her community with the Jewish people throughout the world. First and foremost, that means Israel, but this also includes Europe, Latin American and wherever Jewish life exists.
Short Israel Exchange Programs (SIEPs)
Ironi Tet and Gymnasia Herzliya High Schools in Tel Aviv This program for tenth graders provides our students opportunities to experience Israel firsthand, live with an Israeli family and be hosted by a peer. The program creates personal and communal bridges between Israel and the Diaspora, thereby strengthening students’ Jewish identity, Judaism, and connection to the State of the Jewish people in the very place where our history began and is unfolding. Our students connect directly to the land of Israel through educational trips to historical and contemporary sites where the history and society unfold. Distant places come to life as students touch, feel, walk, and experience the land in a multisensory way.
In the fall, Israeli delegations from two Tel Aviv high schools, Ironi Tet and Gymnasia Herzliya, spend two weeks at NCJHS, hosted by tenth grade students and families. While the Israelis are here, NCJHS organizes visits to area sites and aspects of Jewish and general life in the Los Angeles area. Our own 10th grade students accompany the Israelis only on some of these excursions, but also interact with them in some classes and events at school, as well as in a variety of home and communal settings. In the spring, NCJHS students travel to Israel for 2½ weeks and stay with the families of the students they themselves hosted here in Los Angeles in the fall. While in Israel, students tour the country extensively and intensively. They spend three to four days in Jerusalem, travel to the Galilee and the Golan Heights, as well as the Negev and Masada, and get to know the extraordinarily vibrant Tel Aviv, the first “Hebrew” city of our times. They also attend classes at Ironi Tet and Gymnasia Herzliya and become acquainted with contemporary Israel.
Extended Israel Exchange Program (EIEP)
Tichon Hadash High School in Tel Aviv The EIEP provides tenth graders the opportunity to spend most of their school year with students from Tichon Hadash High School in Tel Aviv over two months in Los Angeles and three months in Israel. This program allows students to experience life as their peers live it, both in and out of school, living with host families. During the course of their visit to Los Angeles during a period that includes the Jewish High Holidays, the Israeli students take trips to experience the rich and diverse environment of Los Angeles and California. In Israel during the season of Israeli and Jewish “national” holidays (Purim, Pesach, Yom HaAtzma’ut, etc.), our students travel extensively throughout the whole country as well as immerse themselves in the modern and vibrant city of Tel Aviv. As they travel, students from both countries learn about each other, themselves and the native environment. Both groups attend their respective host schools, and host each other reciprocally. Special academic programs are in place, designed to ensure that they take advantage of the foreign environment while keeping up with the essential academic requirements of their home schools.