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.
“Why Nativ? Nativ gave me friends for a life time, gave me direction on what kind of person I want to be and what I want to do, and two years after nativ that is proven because today I sat with a friend from nativ eating ice cream on an army base while we both serve in the IDF.”— Ethan Padnos
“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 – Secret alleys, authentic cuisine, invigorating davening – Friends, Family, Home.”— 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
“Why go straight to college, when you could have the year of a life-time on Nativ?”— Ethan Weg