Derech Eretz is designed for young people from Israel’s outlying areas. The program unites various sectors of Israeli society and helps older teens find their hidden strengths. It is a six-month-long life-changing experience.
Activities include hiking and learning about the land, its ecology, and its history – both ancient and modern. In addition, the program provides wilderness survival training, social exercises in pluralism and dialogue, classes in philosophy and life skills, and service learning.
In a pre-army program like Derech Eretz, acquiring confidence, motivation, and skills presents unexpected opportunities in the military, which impacts every life prospect after that. The empowerment that takes place at Derech Eretz is transformative for individual futures, and, consequently, for Israeli society as a whole.
There are two groups at the Nitzana Educational Eco-Village a cutting-edge model of environmental education in the heart of the Negev, and one in the outlying town of Yeruham.
The groups at Nitzana are involved with all aspects of life in the community, volunteering and working with participants attending other programs at the Educational Center, including engaging with Jews from North America and the FSU participating on Masa Israel Journey.
Derech Eretz-Alma: Young Women's Leadership
Alma, the Derech Eretz program aimed at young women, was established with a pilot group of motivated high school graduates in the southern city of Ofakim.
Alma was founded upon the belief that in creating a unique environment for post-high school women, a deep, empowering process can occur which will impact current social and gender issue biases.