Maccabi Gap Year Program

Maccabi Gap Year is a 5-10 month program for post-high school students interested in having a unique Israel experience, coordinated and planned by Maccabi World Union & BBYO. In this program, each participant has the ability to design their own experience with activities ranging from sports, outdoor adventure, community service, Hebrew immersive learning, life on a Kibbutz, a Holocaust educational experience in Poland, domestic Israel trips, Israel Defense Force connections, and more

The program includes Medical insurance, three meals a day, accommodations, transportation & program activities.

The Gap Year program is fully supervised and coordinated by Maccabi World Union Madrichim under the supervision of the Director.



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Price Table


Gap Year Date Options Cost
August 19, 2019 – January 5, 2020 $12,500
August 19, 2019 – February 27, 2020 $15,500
August 19, 2019 – June 9, 2020 $20,500

How to get a scholarship

    1. The MASA Project – Scholarships
      The MASA project is a joint initiative of the Israeli Government and the Jewish Agency for Israel whose purpose is to make long-term programs in Israel more affordable by giving need-based scholarships to participants. BBYO Gap Year program is approved by MASA and applications can be obtained through the MASA website. Here is a full list of additional scholarship you can apply to
    1. Jewish Federation
      Contact local Jewish Organizations – a full list can be found here. Even if your Federation is not listed on the list provided, it is worthwhile to contact the Jewish Federation in your community. How to do so? Call their office, do not email them. When you call the Federation, ask to speak with the Financial Aid Director or to the person in charge of scholarships or Israel desk. Explain your situation and ask if you‘re eligible to apply to any of their scholarships.
      Each Federation has different scholarships to offer – if you have any questions call Nitzan for help.
    1. The Bureaus of Jewish Education listed below only give scholarships to people who are located in and or around their city. Please do not contact them if you’re from a different area:
      1. Cleveland area – (216) 371–0446.
      2. Indianapolis – (317) 255–3124.
      3. Orange County, CA –(949) 435–3450.
      4. Phoenix – (480) 634–4900, ext. 1119.
      5. Rhode Island – 401.421-4111 ext. 179.
      6. San Francisco – If you’re from the San Francisco Bay Area, contact the Financial Aid Director, (415) 751-6983, ext. 107.
    1. Israel within Reach Scholarship – visit their website to learn more about their scholarships (for San Francisco and Bay Area teens)

If you would like to hear more about the program, please leave your contact details and our Israeli Shaliach Daniel will be back to you by phone or email

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