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Nativ, USCJ’s college leadership program in Israel for in-bound college freshmen, is a powerful immersive experience for the Conservative Jewish leaders of tomorrow. Its alumni enter college life infused with leadership skills and a focus on supporting the Jewish community. The nine-month program includes:

  • Academic and Judaic study
  • Immersion in Israeli society
  • Leadership seminars
  • Hiking trips across Israel
  • Community service and volunteer opportunities including Magen David Adom training
  • Opportunities to travel in Israel and to Poland

I cannot think of a single year that I can say had as much influence on my life. To this day, I still give sermons and talks about the places I visited and the things I learned. I find myself often reaching back to and using the skill sets I learned that year in my daily work as the spiritual leader of my community.

Israel Is for Everyone

Yozma, a Nativ program, is the first-ever inclusion experience for college-bound Conservative Jewish youth aged 18-21 who have cognitive and social challenges. Integrated fully into the Nativ program, Yozma participants receive the aid of specially trained staff members, with a 1:2 or 1:3 staff-to-participant ratio. Focus includes:

  • Developing strong life, academic, and leadership skills
  • Increasing participants’ knowledge about and commitment to Judaism and Israel
  • Strengthening participants’ Jewish identity
  • Helping participants form meaningful bonds

This program has given my son a better sense of what it means to be not only part of the Jewish community, but an active member in that community.

Rita Berzin
Parent of Yozma participant

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of alumni go on to become involved with at least one Jewish organization on campus


of alumni seek and hold leadership positions in Jewish organizations on college campuses


of alumni separate Shabbat from the rest of the week in some way


of alumni believe Nativ prepared them for life on their college campus