An Israel study abroad component has been integral to the Leo Baeck College rabbinic programme for decades.

The purpose of the Israel Summer Programme is to provide rabbinic students with a meaningful, deep and knowledgeable interaction and engagement with Israel, in order to sustain and inform them in their rabbinate. It is the opportunity to challenge thinking, to provide connections and networking, to be better informed about Israel from first-hand experience and ultimately, to enable students to emerge as leaders regarding Israel education.

Students will have opportunities to:

  • Articulate their rabbinic approach to Israel grounded in authentic first-hand experiences and knowledge
  • Gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of the context and history of the Modern State of Israel
  • Understand the issues Progressive Judaism in Israel is currently facing
  • Meet with personnel at the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism (IMPJ)
  • Engage with different population and religious groups
  • Enhance and improve their Modern Hebrew proficiency
  • Have a deeper knowledge and understanding of the political landscape from all perspectives
  • Develop the skills to navigate sensitively and respond to diverse views
  • Create networks


These opportunities will be accessed via a mixture of experiential learning, interactive courses and workshops, volunteering, independent learning and self-motivated study.

The Israel Programme will take place during the summer for a period of 4 – 6 weeks depending on students’ individual needs and availability.

By way of a generous grant, the college is pleased to provide most of the funding for all aspects of the students’ time in Israel. This includes a return flight, accommodation, programming and subsistence.

Students are expected to participate in this Israel programme before their fifth year of study.

For more information, please contact Dr Jo-Ann Myers at