Derech L'Chaim is an exciting program for young men who want to learn more about Judaism and the Jewish People in an open, dynamic atmosphere. At Derech L'Chaim, you will explore our ancient connection to the Land of Israel, and day-to-day life in the modern State of Israel. You will become familiar with the full range of classical Jewish sources, under the guidance of our experienced teaching staff. And by interacting with students from places as varied as the US, Italy and Azerbaijan you will come face-to-face with the broad picture of the Jewish People worldwide.
The Derech L'Chaim program aims to serve as a resource for community-building across the world, to equip young men with the tools for leadership in their home communities. Inspired by the knowledge gained in Israel, students can give back to their community and strengthen it. With this in mind, students can take one of two tracks:
Track 1: A program lasting 4-5 months to study Jewish thought and basic Halacha, together with touring Israel. For 18-23 years old.
Track 2: Leadership group—This track lasts a year leading to qualification in practical Halacha, such as Shechita, Mila and Shabbat.
Derech L'Chaim is a division of Shalom La’am, an organization dedicated to spreading Jewish values amongst young people in more than 30 branches across Israel. The program takes place at the Shalom La’am campus, located in a cluster of beautifully-restored historic buildings in the center of Jerusalem. The campus offers:
Comfortable dormitory facilities
Dining room with full board
Hebrew Ulpan to develop proficiency in Modern Hebrew
Come to Derech Lachaim and discover the heart of the Jewish People from the heart of Jerusalem!