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Ta Shema

Encountering Israel with J Street U

Join J Street U for tours in Israel and the Palestinian territory. Each study tour focuses on some of the most important issues facing Israelis and Palestinians working on behalf of peace. Engage with Israeli and Palestinian security, political, and civil society leaders. Discover new perspectives. Challenge old ones.

“The Ta Shema trips are an invaluable opportunity for anyone wanting to challenge their assumptions about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.”

About

Throughout the Talmud, the volumes of rabbinic interpretation written between the 2nd and 5th centuries, the rabbis invoke the refrain ‘Ta Shema’ when an alternative opinion is going to be offered.

Come and learn with J Street U as we explore Israel and the Palestinian Territory with leading Israeli and Palestinian activists, scholars, politicians, security officials, and experts.

Each trip is designed for American undergraduate students interested in delving into the challenges and opportunities facing Israelis and Palestinians working on behalf of peace, democracy, social justice and a two-state solution. Hear from leading figures across the political spectrum. Deepen your understanding of the major issues around a resolution to the conflict. Learn what you can do to contribute to a secure and peaceful future for all those that live in the region.

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Upcoming Trips

What’s Going on in the West Bank?
Explore Settlements and Palestinian Villages

December 8, 2017

Join J Street U as we explore the Palestinian villages and settlements of the Western West Bank. Although located just outside Jerusalem, crossing the Green Line means these localities experiences totally different realities than their neighbors inside Israel. Learn about the challenges of Palestinian life in unrecognized villages. Ask settlers about their experience living in what’s known as Palestinian Territory. This trip is open to any American college student who would like to better understand the complex dynamics of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Greater Jerusalem and the West Bank

January 6, 2018
Are you coming off a Winter Break Birthright trip? Do you want to explore what’s happening on the other side of the Green Line? How does all this shape prospects for a resolution to the conflict? Join J Street U for an exploration of Palestinian villages in Area C of the West Bank, one of the region’s most vulnerable populations. Learn about the political dynamics shaping day-to-day reality for those at the front lines of the conflict, from on the ground activists, local residents and political figures.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Ta Shema?

Ta Shema is J Street U’s Israel program designed for American undergraduate students. Ta Shema programs delve into the challenges and opportunities facing Israelis and Palestinians working on behalf of peace, democracy, social justice and a two-state solution. Students hear from leading figures across the political spectrum and deepen their understanding of the major issues around a resolution to the conflict.

The core of the Ta Shema program consists of trips in Israel and the Palestinian territory.  Each trip focuses on some of the most important issues facing Israelis and Palestinians working on behalf of peace, and provides opportunities to engage with Israeli and Palestinian security officials, politicians and civil society leaders.

What is the difference between the open trips and Ta Shema trips for gap year/study abroad programs?

The Ta Shema Cohort consists of a group of American undergraduate students, selected by application, which attends three two-day tours in Israel and the West Bank. The Cohort model allows for learning which builds on itself with every successive trip, and a tight-knit community with whom to process these challenging experiences. Other requirements for the Cohort are addressed below. 

Ta Shema open trips are one day long, and are open to any American undergraduate without application. 

How do I make Ta Shema trips a part of my gap year/study abroad program?

J Street U Israel Organizer Daniela Tolchinsky works with students and staff of study abroad and gap year programs in Israel, to make Ta Shema a part of their Israel experience. Study abroad and gap year programs from across the political and ideological spectrum have chosen to work with J Street U Ta Shema in order to assure their students don’t leaeve Israel without a deepened understanding of the major issues surrounding this conflict. Ta Shema trips for gap year and study abroad programs are typically one day or half day tours.

If you think your study abroad or gap year program would benefit from a Ta Shema trip, please contact Israel Organizer Daniela Tolchinsky at danielat@jstreetu.org.

I’m a gap-year student. Am I eligible for the Ta Shema programs?

Yes, you are, and we would love to have you join us! Don’t forget to register for our open trips and apply to our Cohort program.

I’m a high school student. Am I eligible for the Ta Shema programs?

You are eligible for our programs, but your parents or guardians’ signature is required for you to join us. You must register (for the open trips) or apply more than a week in advance (for the Cohort) to ensure that all paperwork is in order.

I’ve already graduated college, or I attend college outside of the US. Am I eligible for the Ta Shema programs?

Due to limited resources, participation in Ta Shema programs is reserved for current American undergraduate students. If you are looking for other possible tours to attend that aren’t J Street U affiliated, or to check if an upcoming tour may have space for additional participants, please be in touch with J Street U Israel Organizer Daniela Tolchinsky at danielat@jstreetu.org for more information.

Is financial assistance available for participation in the Ta Shema Cohort or Ta Shema open trips?

Please be in touch with Israel Organizer Daniela Tolchinsky at danielat@jstreetu.org ASAP to discuss financial aid for Ta Shema Cohort or open trip participation. No participants will be turned away due to financial limitations.

My payment information didn’t go through when I tried to register. What should I do?

Our most common reason that payment info does not register is because the credit or debit cards are not American. Unfortunately, non-American students are ineligible for our tours, and we will not accept non-American debit or credit cards.

If you are American or study at an American university and your payment is still not going through, please email J Street U Israel Organizer, Daniela Tolchinsky at danielat@jstreetu.org with all the required registration information (other than payment) requested on the registration page.