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It's time for you to take a GAP Year

The Berlin-based 10-month professional and personal development program for young Jewish adults. 

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What is JAcademy for you?

Career development

• Intern at 2 high-profile companies y in Berlin and London

• Increase your hireability with a Business English certification

• Boost your business skills with practical courses

• Enlarge your network by meeting successful CEOs and managers

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Personal Growth

• Improve your relationships with soft skill courses

• Travel to multiple countries for unforgettable experiences

• Discover yourself through one-on-one coaching

• Create lasting friendships in a small group

Inspiration

• Connect to your roots through Jewish literacy and philosophy

• Learn how to implement Jewish values and mindfulness into your life

• Attend Jewish social events and expand your Jewish network

• Visit different communities and experience authentic, Jewish life

Testimonials

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«JAcademy combines work, inspiration, growth, and travel into one, action-packed year, so you connect to your heritage and explore your interests in order to make informed decisions about your future».
Georg
Cohort 2016-2017
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«JAcademy is an experience of a lifetime. The program offers a unique gap year filled with mind-blowing Jewish learning, challenging seminars, and internships. I recommend JAcademy to everyone who wants to develop in a professional and personal sense. Jacademy gave me opportunities I haven't gotten otherwise!»
Jessie
Cohort 2016-2017
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«JAcademy encourages me to reach my full potential. My great teachers, new adventures, and amazing group of friends inspire me every day. JAcademy is the ideal preparation for my future».
Evelyn
Cohort 2019-2020
Sarita
«JAcademy gave me teachers who see the value in questions, welcome deep conversation, and provided a way to apply all my learning to my everyday life».
Sarita Guindi
Cohort 2017-2018

JAcademy - Your Jewish GAP year

Choose with confidence

Making big decisions is tough. Our stimulating and varied program helps you discover your goals, strength, and interests so you make the right decisions, confidently.

2 Internships

Jumpstart your career with two internships chosen from a wide array of industries.

Jewish Philosophy Studies

Increase your Jewish knowledge and learn about the relevance of Judaism to your everyday life.

Enriching abroad experience

Become independent and open to new, exciting, or terrifying challenges that you would never have encountered in your home country.

Personal Improvement Courses

Master all the soft skills you need for healthy relationships and personal satisfaction.

Discover who you are and who you can become​

The smartest people work every day to provide the best service and to make our clients happy

Semester I
Get to know your new friends, apartment, and city while diving right into courses.
10 Days in NY
Get up close and personal with exceptionally successful business and political leaders while you enjoy the best the Capital of the World has to offer.
Berlin Internship
Put your skills to work at a 12 week internship in one of Berlin's startups or established companies.
Semester II
Increase your knowledge and continue improving your skills with classes and workshops.
London Internship
Get career clarity and experience during an intense 4 week internship at one of London's impressive firms.
14 Days in Israel
Tour historic sites and meet notable business and political leaders while you enjoy the Holy Land's many attractions.
Semester III
End the year with introspective workshops to help you apply what you've learned and confidently make decisions about your future.
MORE!
Experience new and memorable trips, classes, and events added each year.

Apply for Scholarship

Every student has a chance to apply

We work with every student to create a payment structure that works for them. Full year, all-inclusive price: 14,000€ (Price does not cover medical insurance and local transportation costs).

Financial aid for qualifying students: Up to 12,000€

*Request an application for details.

Your journey starts now

Apply for our 2021-2022 cohort

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Testimonials

A6503150
«JAcademy combines work, inspiration, growth, and travel into one, action-packed year, so you connect to your heritage and explore your interests in order to make informed decisions about your future».
Georg
Cohort 2016-2017
Bewerbungsbild[3179]
«JAcademy is an experience of a lifetime. The program offers a unique gap year filled with mind-blowing Jewish learning, challenging seminars, and internships. I recommend JAcademy to everyone who wants to develop in a professional and personal sense. Jacademy gave me opportunities I haven't gotten otherwise!»
Jessie
Cohort 2016-2017
Screenshot_96
«JAcademy encourages me to reach my full potential. My great teachers, new adventures, and amazing group of friends inspire me every day. JAcademy is the ideal preparation for my future».
Evelyn
Cohort 2019-2020
Sarita
«JAcademy gave me teachers who see the value in questions, welcome deep conversation, and provided a way to apply all my learning to my everyday life».
Sarita Guindi
Cohort 2017-2018

Meet Our Leaders

Rav Noam Miller

Director of Education

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Rav Noam spent nine years studying in Yeshiva in Jerusalem where he received his rabbinical ordination. He uses his diverse passions and wide range of knowledge to bring various Jewish ideas and customs to life.

Ita Afanasev

Director of Jacademy

After moving to Germany from Kiev as a teenager, Ita studied law in the Goethe University Frankfurt and Jewish studies in Jerusalem.
She then moved to Berlin to initiate and coordinate Jewish educational projects.
Ita developed the JAcademy program in order to share with others what she continues to strive for – professional development, personal growth, inspiration, and Jewish values.

Kalina Dobreva

Alumni Coordinator

Kalina was born in Bulgaria and has lived in several different countries. She holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Behavior and Development. Kalina works as Alumni Coordinator for The Ronald S. Lauder Foundation and coordinates programs designed to bring value to the graduates of JAcademy.

Elmira Tarivierdiieva

Project Manager

Elmira is originally from Odessa. She has lived and studied in 6 different countries. Holds a Master’s degree in International Relations. Elmira is a Member of the World Jewish Congress’ Jewish Diplomatic Corps. She uses her creative and diplomatic skills to organize and facilitate programming at JAcademy.

JAcademy is proudly supported by:

Contact us:

+49 30 24 62 7885
[email protected]
Brunnenstraße 33, 10115,
Berlin, Germany
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