In order to help with the transition to Nativ, Yozma participants along with specially trained Yozma staff will arrive in Israel approximately 5-7 days before the start of the program. This will allow them to settle into their Beit Nativ living quarters, get to know the staff, familiarize themselves with the neighborhood around Beit Nativ and begin working on independent living and communication skills.The Nativ 35 calendar will be posted shortly.
Hebrew University Option
Yozma participants will have several options available to them. Depending on the academic level of the participants, they will either take a full semester of classes or a modified semester with fewer classes. They may also opt to take a course for a pass/fail grade or even audit one or more classes. Studying at Hebrew University will give the participants an introduction to college level study and the support to make a successful transition to college program after Nativ. In order to ensure Yozma participants are fully engaged in their courses, Yozma staff will be in constant contact with the academic counselor from Hebrew University as well as relevant professors. Throughout the semester, our staff can assist as needed with assignments and coursework depending on the level of independence of each individual. Initially staff can be available to orient the participant to the campus and accompany them to and from classes. Click here for more information about the Hebrew University.
Yozma students will be full participants in the Yeshiva program. Depending on level of language and previous exposure to the study of Jewish texts, Yozma participants can choose to study from texts in both Hebrew and English or just in English. In addition, the length of the study day may be shortened in order to allow for success of the Yozma participant. Click here for more information about the Conservative Yeshiva.
Please note: The Conservative Yeshiva is located at the Fuchsberg Center so the Yozma participants will not have to travel to get to and from classes.
Social/Communication Skills Training
Yozma provides an inclusive, secure and structured environment where participants can work regularly with the staff on such life skills as social communication, self-advocacy, organizational, independent living, and school/study. Staff will communicate regularly with parents to discuss the participant’s progress.
Approximately one out of every three Shabbatot is “Free” which means that there is no organized programming. The Yozma staff will always be available at Beit Nativ for the participants to have the option of staying at Beit Nativ. The staff will also assist in arranging for the Yozma participants to spend Shabbat with family or friends or to be hosted by families in Jerusalem and around Israel.
The entire Nativ program has a vacation after the 1st semester at the beginning of January. During this two week vacation, Yozma participants will have the option to either travel back to the US (price not included) or have their families come to Israel.
Seminars and tiyulim
Seminars and tiyulim will take place together with the overall Nativ program. Click here for more information on the different programs offered.
Yozma participants spend the second (spring) semester volunteering in either a youth village or development town with the entire Nativ program