All our courses are conducted in Hebrew apart from our Tuesday morning course in English.Why choose the Avshalom Institute?
If Israel's' landscape enchants you; if you enjoy walking through forests and up mountains, if hiking through the desert stirs up memories and if ancient sites arouse your curiosity - then, your place is with us.
If you want to broaden your horizons and be exposed to fascinating new worlds – then this is the place.
If you enjoy hiking and touring all over Israel and you want to study together with a group of interesting and terrific people – then the Avshalom Institute is the answer.
The Avshalom Institute – An endless learning experience about the Land of Israel, in the company of an exceptional group of people, conducted by the finest lecturers in an intimate family atmosphere!
What makes the Avshalom Institute unique?
• A rich and diverse curriculum
• Excellent lecturers and researchers
• A pleasant, intimate ‘family type’ atmosphere
• Highly motivated students
• Diverse field trips and exclusive workshops
• A wide range of activities for both students and their families.
What else does the Avshalom Institute offer?
The Avshalom Institute, in addition to its modern, rich and varied study program as well as its ‘team’ of superb lecturers, also offers an extensive variety of enrichment activities which include campus workshops and social events. Some examples are: ’Our Environment’ classes created specifically for the institute’s students and their families and the ‘Open Studio’ which features cultural and intellectual events.
Avshalom also hosts exciting events such as ‘Avshalom Day’ as well as end-of-year happenings and field trip experiences attended by a large number of students.
Survey reveals that the Avshalom Institute is a Leader in its Field
The results of a survey conducted among the students by the Maagar Mochot Institute of Research and Statistics demonstrated a very high level of satisfaction and approval. .
91% of the respondents awarded a ‘Good’ or ‘Excellent’ rating and said that they would recommend the Institute to their friends.
70% of the students plan to continue their studies during the forthcoming years.
Avshalom, out of six comparative institutes of a similar evaluation level and dealing in the same fields of interest, was awarded first place.
Avshalom received high ratings for its curricula, the academic level of its lecturers and their teaching skills. Field trips and field trip lecturers, the social atmosphere, attentive staff and teachers were also highly rated.
Most of the students (55%) currently studying, or who are interested in studying at the Institute, heard about Avshalom either by word of mouth or through a personal recommendation.
About Avshalom Institute
The Institute for Land of Israel Studies, named after Haim Avshalom, is one of Israel’s unique learning establishments – a center that combines studies about the Land of Israel together with field trips all over the country. The bond between the students and the Land of Israel is strengthened by the wonderful personal experiences shared in an informal and friendly atmosphere. Avshalom's approach to Land of Israel studies is very comprehensive and the curriculum explores Israel’s landscapes, and history, as well as its contemporary cultural and social issues.
Avshalom, has been operating for over half a century, and has become the leading institution in its field. Thousands of students of all ages attend morning, afternoon and evening classes to study in one of the diverse range of exclusive courses.
After having completed their educational course many Avshalom graduates have made studying at the Institute an integral part of their lives. Today, at the institute there are ‘extension’ class students who have been studying and touring together for over 20 years.
Avshalom has also created a ‘Mentor Program’ in which senior student class ‘tutors’ mentor all the student classes.
A voluntary Organization dealing with Israel’s history and geography called ‘Our Environment- (SVIVATENU)’ is operated at the Institute by volunteers from the "Friends of the Avshalom Institute Association".
Many of the graduates who continue to study at the Institute have joined the Mentor Program, on their own initiative, to assist the various classes. The mentors accompany the students in the different programs - attend field trips and campus workshops, promote group integration and lifestyle, volunteer their time, provide them with the advantage of their experience, act as a link to management and ensure that everything runs smoothly.
The Avshalom Institute has expanded its activities to include new horizons. Guided tours are organized to foreign countries which have a connection to the Institute’s curricula such as Christianity, Judaism, Archaeology and Art. The tours are guided by experts in their relative fields (selected from a list of Avshalom lecturers). During the past few years the Institute has arranged tours to Rome, Poland, Venice, Spain, Sicily, Cyprus, Crete, the Provence area of France . The destination for this year is Armenia.
Avshalom, in conjunction with local city councils, cultural youth centers and workers committees, initiates, assists and operates Land of Israel history and geography courses in Development Towns and work places.
These courses are held at companies such as Bank Discount, Bank Hapoalim and Israel Aircraft Industries and in the following towns and cities: Nahariya, Haifa, Holon, Rishon Le Zion, Sderot and settlements surrounding the Gaza border.
Voluntary Community Work at the ‘Seven Stations’ Site on the Yarkon River
Following its 50th anniversary and its vision of contributing to the community, Avshalom has adopted the ‘Seven Stations’ site on the banks of the Yarkon River (within the Yehoshua Gardens Park) where Avshalom students, instructors and graduates volunteer..
The volunteers meet at the ‘Seven Stations’ site on the first Saturday of each academic month to offer guided walking tours which depart every 30 minutes between the hours of 10.00 – 13.00, except on rainy days and holidays.
The site can be accessed either through the parking area of the Yehoshua Gardens Park or through 64, Rokach Street in the Shikun Vatikim area of Ramat Gan.
We invite the public to visit this interesting site, free of charge, and tour the area with one of Avshalom’s volunteer guides.
Morning Study Courses – An Eye Opener - One Day a Week
Do you have a free day?
Devote one day a week to a stimulating experience that combines theoretical studies and field trips.
The Day Programs are geared towards those who are interested in improving their knowledge and bond with the Land of Israel, The program is an ideal combination of in-depth studies and field trips which take place on alternate weeks.
Students who wish to enroll in the Avshalom Institute’s day classes need to be high school graduates and should be reasonably fit in order to be able to cope with the moderate physical strain of a full day walking tour.
The General Study Program – Avshalom’s Flagship Course that is a ‘Home Away from Home’
If you are interested in a comprehensive and well organized multi-faceted study program about Israel, in an exciting social framework, then this is the course for you!!
The General Study Course is the Avshalom Institute flagship program.
The course offers a comprehensive study of the Land of Israel and all of its diversities.
By its very nature, the General Study Program also encourages active social interaction and serves as a basis for developing additional activities such as specific enrichment activities based on special topics tailored for the group.
An organized and structured 3 year program based on a variety of topics including geology; archaeology; zoology; history; religions; social issues and art.
A Variety of General Study Programs – Afternoon and evening theoretical study classes, field trips and tours, as well as ‘workshop campuses’ which take place 3 times a year. Each campus extends over three days and is dedicated to an extensive multi-faceted acquaintance with a specific area.
General Study Program Extension Courses - an extension study framework was developed in response to requests from graduating students who wanted to continue learning together. The Avshalom Institute Management responded by creating an extension program and – the rest, as they say, is history – they have never stopped studying, some of the classes have now been studying together for over 20 years!!
"Ladat Eretz"– Around the Country in an Evening
If you are interested in broadening your knowledge in many different areas, without committing to a prolonged study program, then this course is just for you.
"Ladat Eretz" as the name depicts, is a semester based study program which enables its participants to learn about the Land of Israel and its people from different points of view and from specific areas of interest.
The program framework offers a long and diverse list of courses in various interesting areas such as Geography, Judaism and Bible Studies, Christianity and Islam as well as Art and Poetry. Participants can choose either one or two of these classes per course.
The semester based studies take place every Wednesday afternoon and evening. The first lecture is held at 17.45 – 19.15 and the second at 19.45 - 21.15.
Participants in this course are also offered the opportunity to join the one day field trips at a reduced price.
Fridays at Avshalom – End the Week, Open Your Mind!
A real Friday treat – broaden your knowledge of the Land of Israel by participating in a bi-monthly program that alternates between studies and field trips.
The Avshalom Institute management and team of lecturers and instructors have prepared a wide choice of interesting programs. All of the programs are based on the same educational concept; - meeting on Fridays with studies and field trips taking place every alternate week.
A large variety of courses is offered on a wide range of subjects in the fields of History, Geography and Culture of the Land of Israel.
The Israel National Trail – A True Delight for Nature Lovers, Walkers and Hikers.
Hike the Israel Trail for the sheer pleasure and enjoyment of walking as well as acquainting yourself with the Land of Israel.
Over the past few years the Israel National Trail has become a major attraction. More and more students continue to join the Israel National Trail program in order to walk the trail from north to south - over a five year period.Participants walk fifteen sections per year, each section is between 12 – 15 km, and by year end they will have walked from the Dan River to Eilat, accompanied by the expert Israel National Trail guides.