BEYOND is an Israel-based gap year enrichment program designed for Jewish students following their high school graduation. Participants can choose between a 5-month and a 9-month experience. BEYOND weaves together academic study, leadership development, community service, educational travel, and Jewish life experiences in Israel. BEYOND is a project of BBYO and is open to Jewish young adults of all backgrounds and nationalities.
Registration is now open for the 2013-14 program. BEYOND participants can join a five- or nine-month experience, both of which are eligible for an automatic Masa scholarship of $1,000, with up to $3,000 more being available based on financial need.
Tel Aviv University serves as the program’s home base for the first half of the program and moves to other locations within Israel for the second half, and participants have additional opportunities to travel in Europe, perform community service in Africa, and learn scuba diving and cooking.
BEYOND bridges the gap between high school and the greater independence of young adulthood. It is a journey of discovery. Students are exposed to new cultures and ideas in a safe environment, and are given the freedom to explore their interests.
With the vibrancy of Tel Aviv as a backdrop, and the rich history and natural beauty of Israel at their fingertips, BEYOND participants are guaranteed life-changing moments. And through it all, developing a greater sense of self and forming lifelong connections to Jewish young adults from around the world.