KIVUNIM students are informed and inspired to interpret the past and understand the present in order to build and ensure the future.


Welcome to KIVUNIM, the Premier Gap-Year Program. Not a "year off" but a year incredibly and intensively ON! A gap-year is a gift that you give to yourself in more ways than you can even imagine. As you move through our website, we hope you will find that we are the right program for you next year.  If we have peaked your interest, begin your KIVUNIM journey by reading more now and applying later!  Merit and needs-based scholarships are available.


KIVUNIM is like a puzzle. International travel supported by engaging academics; service to others through our social responsibility program and a deep encounter with Israel. And you get to play with all of the pieces:

israel experience

KIVUNIM students forge a lifelong relationship with the Land, People and State of Israel...

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The future leadership of the Jewish people must become better informed with the broader world in which we live...

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Our travels are rooted in our academic program providing a serious intellectual under-pining to everything we do...

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social responsibility

The ethical imperative of improving the world is at the heart of KIVUNIM’s philosophy and program...

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For a taste of the significance of our international and inter-religious work, please take a few moments to read this newspaper article about a unique and quite historic event sponsored in December, 2015 by KIVUNIM.  We think you will be surprised!