Once a week, the whole Nativ group comes together for an evening of learning. Each week the group explores a different topic, either through a lecture by a guest speaker or through programming organized by the Nativ staff. Most subjects are related to Israel and/or Judaism to help enrich, process, and contextualize the experience of the Nativers. Past lecturers include:
- Rabbi Steve Wernick, CEO of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
- Rabbi Joel Roth, Rosh Yeshiva Emeritus of the Conservative Yeshiva
- Jonathan Kessler, Leadership Development Director of AIPAC
Programming that is run by the Nativ staff for Erev Nativ is more interactive and informal, and happens just as often as there are guests from our lecture series. Programs have included:
- A screening and discussion of “Trembling Before God”
- A poetry walking tour of Jerusalem
- Chanukiah making/trivia night
Optional Evening Programming
Throughout the first semester, Nativers have the opportunity to participate in a variety of programs that take place in the evenings. The options range from NBL (Nativ Basketball League), a self-run league, to Café Ivrit, where the Nativers and staff go to a different coffee shop each time and speak only in Hebrew. The program varies from year to year based on the interests of the Nativers and the staff, guaranteeing a rich selection catering to everyone’s interests!
Some of our most popular options have included a capella, Heschel’s Jewish philosophy, mishmar, kipa-making club, JET (Jewish Educator Training), and an Israeli history course run by the David Project. Click here for sample weekly schedule (subject to change from year to year).