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    LEAP Internship

    This program has been canceled.

    When: Weekdays, September 1–December 1

    Where: OFJCC, Campus-wide, multiple locations

    This program has been canceled.

    OFJCC Palo Alto JCC

    Have your college plans changed? Don't know how to spend the fall? Why not take a LEAP?!

    LEAP is an internship program for Bay Area 18-year-olds based on the values of Learning, Experience, Action, Peoplehood.

    Given the new realities of the upcoming months, the OFJCC and BINA: The Jewish Movement for Social Change have teamed up to offer meaningful social action and learning opportunities for high school graduates.

    LEAP is an opportunity to deepen your Jewish identity through an internship at the Oshman Family JCC In Palo Alto. The internship consists of Jewish learning, social action projects and community building. All LEAP programming will operate within the guidelines of local health advisories.

    Spend three months seriously studying Jewish texts with distinguished Jewish educators, volunteering with populations in need and designing your Jewish life with a community of peers.

    When? September 1–December 1, 2020

    How many days a week?
    Five, Monday through Friday

    Programming will take place at the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto, California. Participants will live at home.

    Who is it for? High school graduates who live in the Bay Area

    How much does it cost? $3,000* (See below for payment timeline and cancellation policy)

    What does the fee include? Programming (in-person and virtual), volunteering, tours, lunch and snacks (depending on Santa Clara County health guidance).

    *Are there scholarship opportunities? Yes! Please contact us to explore.

    What is a typical day like?
    Each day will combine local volunteering, Jewish learning and group social activities. Classes will take place virtually or at the OFJCC; volunteer placements are tailored to the participant's interests.

    Typical Week:

    Wednesday Thursday
    Virtual Learning with Israel
    Virtual Learning with US Educator Volunteer
    JCC Staff-led Jewish Learning
    Afternoon Enrichment at the OFJCC Group Project
    Enrichment at the OFJCC
    Group Debrief
    Special Lecture or Event
    Judaism: The New Basics
      Shabbat (alternate group Shabbat or free Shabbat)

    Who's on the program staff? LEAP is facilitated by OFJCC educators who specialize in group activities and community building. All classes on LEAP are taught by OFJCC/BINA teachers who believe in Jewish learning that is serious, open-minded and relevant. LEAP participants will also have access to virtual educational experiences led by local Bay Area educators, and American and Israeli Jewish leaders.

    Payment timeline and cancellation policy:

    • Deposit of $500 by August 10 paid online by a credit card
    • Payment in full by August 31, based on 10 students minimum enrollment
    • Full refund if cancelled by August 31 by either party
    • If cancelled within the first 10 days of the program no deposit will be refunded
    • If cancelled between September 10 and September 30, $1,000 will be non-refundable
    • No refunds after September 30

    I want to learn more! Please fill out this short form and we'll be in touch soon!

    Contact: Tova Birnbaum | [email protected]


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