Australasian Union of Jewish Students

AUJS Academy

AUJS Academy

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6 weeks to develop a lifetime bond.


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Register your interest for Academy 17-18 here  

From the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem city streets to the serenity of the Galil, from the colourful Tel Aviv nightlife to the beauty of the desert, and from Middle Eastern culture to exploring the historical heart of the land, AUJS Academy – Onward Israel is the perfect short-term school leaver program.

This year Academy is receiving a full makeover, with the introduction of a second stream (see below for more information). 

The Program 

Academy is the ideal short-term Israel program. On AUJS Academy, participants will spend time in the cities of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Eilat, Tiberius and Tzfat. They will visit prominent sites including the Old City of Jerusalem, Masada, Independence Hall, the Supreme Court and Rabin Square; and experience the Bedouin, Druze and Kibbutz cultures.

Participants will discover the natural wonders of Israel by floating in the Dead Sea, snorkelling in the Eilat reefs and hiking through the Golan. They will also enjoy volunteering at different Israeli organisations, taking in the incredibly fun Israeli nightlife, meeting Israelis their own age and making lifelong friends. 

For the first time in Academy history, the 2017-18 cohort will have the opportunity to choose from two streams. All Academy participants will share the same experience, but through the lens of their stream of choice. 

Stream 1: Israel Starter-Pack

Whether this is your first visit to Israel, or you're a returning customer keen to tour and explore, this is the track for you. This track includes all of the must-see sites, educational programs, as well as a behind the scenes view of the Israeli culture and landscape. Participants of this track will also participate in an 'options week' to immerse themselves within an area of their interest (see FAQs for more information).  

Stream 2: Israel+

This track is ideal for those returning to Israel, or looking for an immersive short-term program. With reduced touring, this track includes a 20 day internship at an office of your choice (applications allowing). From start ups, to hospitals, to event planning... the opportunities are endless!

Israel+ participants will learn what it is like to work and live in Israel, whilst gaining life skills in an area of their interest through their immersive internship. On the weekends, and  throughout the program, both tracks will join up for big-ticket Israel sight-seeing, shabbats and not-to-be-missed big ticket events. 

Independent living, cultural immersion and a tangible life-experience are what's on offer for participants of this track.  


The group will depart Australia on 11th December 2017 and will leave Israel on the 24th of January 2018. 

Information Sessions

To hear more about Academy, or register your interest, come visit us at a Zionist Federation of Australia Israel Programs fair near you!

Region Date Location
New South Wales Sunday May 14, 7:30pm

Central Synagogue
15 Bon Accord Ave
Bondi Junction

*North Shore Information Session to be announced soon*

Victoria Thursday May 4, 7:30pm Beth Weizmann Community Centre
306 Hawthorn Rd.
Caulfield South
Western Australia Thursday May 25, 7:30pm Breckler Troy Hall 
Carmel high school 
123 Cresswell Rd. Yokine WA

Further Information

AUJS has partnered with the Jewish Agency’s Onward-Israel program. Onward-Israel provides an opportunity for young Jews from around the world to experience an immersive, meaningful and experience-building engagement with Israel.

This program is recommended for school-leavers to age 21. 

Don't miss out on this fabulous experience!


AUJS Academy is run in conjunction with the Zionist Federation of Australia, Onward Israel and is supported by the United Israel Appeal and the Jewish Agency for Israel.