Embarking on a gap year in Israel offers a unique opportunity for exploration, growth, and cultural immersion. With lots of schools going on bein hazmanim (vacation) and some parents visiting their gap year students, Pesach is a great time to explore the country and enjoy the Chol Hamoed holiday atmosphere.
In this blog we will explore activities in areas in central Israel to consider during your Passover break in Israel.

Discover the Beauty of Jerusalem

Spend a day exploring the historic city of Jerusalem, home to some of the most significant religious sites in the world. From the Kotel tunnels, VR of the Beit Hamikdash, visiting the Rova, Ben Yehudah Street, and more, the possibilities are practically endless!

Ben Yehuda Street

Spend the Day at the Tel Aviv Beach

Heading to the Tel Aviv beach during Pesach is a quintessential Israeli experience.
Pack some matzah cream cheese sandwiches and go!

Volunteer for a Good Cause

Dedicate some of your time during Passover to giving back to the community by volunteering with local charitable organizations or social service projects. Whether you're helping prepare meals for the needy, assisting with community clean-up efforts, or visiting elderly residents, volunteering is a meaningful way to make a positive impact during your gap year. 

Here are some things you can do over Pesach:

  • Leket Israel is the country's largest food rescue organization, working to alleviate hunger and reduce food waste. Volunteers can help collect surplus food from farms, packing centers, and catering companies, as well as assist in sorting and distributing food to those in need.
  • Save a Child's Heart is an Israeli-based international humanitarian organization that provides life-saving cardiac surgery and other critical medical procedures for children from developing countries. Volunteers can assist with various tasks, including supporting families during their stay, organizing fundraising events, and spreading awareness about the organization's mission.
  • SPNI is Israel's oldest and largest environmental organization, dedicated to protecting and preserving the country's natural resources and promoting environmental education and awareness. Volunteers can participate in various conservation projects, such as habitat restoration, wildlife monitoring, and community clean-up initiatives.

The Israel Museum

A must during your year in Israel! With both indoor and outdoor exhibits, the Israel Museum is the perfect activity for a day with iffy weather. Don’t miss the special activities and exhibits during Pesach.

The Dead Sea

Spend the day floating on the Dead Sea, giving yourself a mud mask, and relaxing on the beach.

Connect to Israel during Pesach

Your gap year in Israel is a time for exploration, learning, and personal growth, and the Pesach break presents a unique opportunity to deepen your connection to the land, culture, and traditions of Israel. Whether you're exploring ancient sites in Jerusalem, volunteering for a good cause, or enjoying outdoor adventures in the desert, there are plenty of exciting activities to experience during your Pesach break in Israel. So make the most of this special time and create memories that will last a lifetime. Chag Sameach!