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.”

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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

Bedouin Life Under Occupation – Ta Shema Trip to Jabal al-Baba

Friday, March 29
Join J Street U as we learn about Israeli policies in the West Bank and how they affect daily life in Palestinian communities. We will visit the Bedouin village, Jabal al-Baba, where we will eat a traditional lunch and learn about the community’s lifestyle and culture and the challenges of maintaining their lifestyle under military rule.
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Ghost Town – Ta Shema Trip to Hebron

Friday, May 3
Join J Street U on a trip to Hebron. How did a bustling downtown market of Hebron turn into a ghost town? We will be joined by Breaking the Silence for a tour of Hebron, learning about the present situation and how we got to this point. We will meet with Palestinian and Jewish residents of the city as well to hear their perspectives.
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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.

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

J Street U Israel Organizer Eve Lifson 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 leave 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 Eve Lifson at eve@jstreet.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.

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 more than a week in advance 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 Eve Lifson at eve@jstreet.org for more information.

How much does it cost to go on a Ta Shema trip?

We are currently offering Ta Shema trips to American undergraduate students free of charge.

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