Drachim is truly an adventure unlike any other, where you will learn about Israel, engage with interesting places and people and learn a lot about yourself too.
It may be the longest time you have been away from home before, and we make sure that while you are experiencing new things and encountering some challenges along the way, you are always supported and will come back a much more grown up and engaged person.
We think that Drachim is the best way to start life after school for a member of Noam.
Drachim lasts for about 5 months, and aims to show you different sides of Israel, introduce you to different youth movements, meet people from all sorts of backgrounds (including Noam members from around the world!) and undergo your own personal development by living out Noam’s ideology.
If you have just finished school and you are taking a year out, Drachim is perfect for you.
Programme 2020 Dates: Jan 9th- Jun 16th
January 9th-11th: Orientation weekend
Jan 12th-March 5th: Volunteering with BINA
We will be joinging with BINA: ‘the Jewish movement for social change’ in South Tel aviv for the first half of the programme. Participants will be volunteering with refugee communities in placements such as clinics, urban agriculture and kindergardens. They will be living independently in Tel Aviv, and spending time with volunteers from America, South Africa and Australia. This programme will involve ulpan, taking part in different interesting sessions ran by BINA in Jewish learning. During this time Drachimnikim will be able to get to know Tel Aviv, spend free time at the beaches and exploring some of the best food Israel has to offer. Free weekends offer time to explore the rest of the country which is very accessible from central train stations.
March 5th-7th: Hiking experience week
March 8th- June 11th: Machon lemadrichim Jerusalem
The Machon is an emersive educational programme based on a campus in Jerusalem. You will be part of the programme and living with gap year participants from various global Jewish youth movements. There are a wide range of classes, including Israeli politics, Jewish history, gender, leadership and Hebrew.
One and a half days per week are ‘Movement Time’, where you meet with your Israeli Noam Madrich/a, go on trips and meet speakers who are particularly relevant to Noam such as Women of the Wall. Many trips and group weekends are built into the programme, with some free weekends for any visits or travel that you want.
The Machon is an incredible learning environment, as well as having classes with expert teachers, you are meeting engaged young people from around the world which allows you to develop and challenge your own ideas.
June 12th-14th: Sikkum weekend
June 15th: Option to stay on and join Kelim
“Drachim was an incredible experience allowing me to expand my Jewish and Zionist identity, meet incredible people and forge amazing lasting relationships”