Applications for Nativ 42 (2022-2023) school year are now open – Apply today!
Nativ, USCJ’s gap year program for Jewish high school graduates, is dedicated to creating and inspiring the Conservative Jewish leaders of tomorrow. Nativ, which means “path” in Hebrew, provides a unique opportunity to explore new directions on the journey to becoming a Jewish adult.
From September to May, Nativ participants are immersed in the rich and diverse society of Israel, exploring the land and enjoying a vibrant Conservative Jewish lifestyle.
“During my year on Nativ I met some of the best friends that I will ever have. We spent our second semester in Yerucham volunteering, hiking, camping, cleaning, cooking, and having the time of our lives. Without Nativ, I wouldn’t be the person that I am today.”— Daniel Warshawsky
“I absolutely loved being able to study at the Conservative Yeshiva for the first semester of my time on Nativ. I was able to bond with 15 other Nativers, as well as meet other people who were spending a year in Israel studying for various reasons. Being able to learn Jewish text with people of all ages and stages in life was truly unforgettable.”— Eliana Horwitz
“Nativ allowed me to see Israel from a local’s perspective and truly engage with Israel in ways that no other gap year opportunity provides… Nativ was my opportunity to gain independence both socially and Jewishly that better prepared me to enter college the following year.”— Josh Ull
“Nativ was the only time in my life that I was able to stop, look around, and figure out what was really important to me. We don’t get many opportunities like that in life, so thank god I had that for my time on Nativ.”— Elan Keshen
“While on Nativ I found myself as a person within my group of friends. Became confident in who I was and came out of my shell as I found my voice in a crowd. This is how Nativ College Leadership Program in Israel has impacted my life. It gave me a chance to be myself while learning leadership skills and qualities I still use today.”— Corey Bass, Nativ 27