Do I have to pay for the trips?

Most trips are included at no extra charge.

Where do the classes take place?

All classes take place in the Essentials Room at the Aish HaTorah World Center overlooking the Western Wall.

When do the classes take place? Are there classes every day?

Classes are from 9:00 - 1:00 & 3:00 - 6:00 Sunday thru Thursday. Afternoon class schedule can be flexible.

Is there a dress code?

There is no dress code.

What should I do for Medical Insurance?

The Egert & Cohen Company in Israel is the broker for the Harel insurance company. The policy that we suggest to students when they come in costs $1.30 per day and you can take it out for as many days as you would like. (Please note that this is an independent company, not affiliated with Aish HaTorah, and we do not imply any endorsement of their service.) For more information, please see this link

What should I do for a cell phone?

The cellphones are something that is a personal choice. There is a company called IsraelPhones that offers deals for students (Please note that this is an independent company, not affiliated with Aish HaTorah, and we do not imply any endorsement of their service.) For more information please see this link

What do I do for laundry?

There are a couple options for doing laundry:

  1. We have coin operated washers and dryers available to students in two of the dorms.
  2. On Tuesdays at lunchtime, a laundry service comes into Aish, collects dirty clothes and dry cleaning, and returns it the next day (student pays the company based on what he gives in).

What should I pack?

Packing is very subjective to the individual but here are some basic guidelines

  • Comfortably "everyday" clothes
  • Summer: At least 3 pairs each of shorts and light pants; 10 t-shirts; sweater or fleece; 10-15 pairs of socks; undergarments; sneakers or comfortable shoes, etc.
  • Winter: At least 4 pairs of long pants; 6-10 long-sleeved shirts; several t-shirts, 2-3 sweaters/fleeces, light and heavy jacket, 10-15 pairs of socks; undergarments, etc.)
  • Overnight bag (big enough for 2-3 days)
  • Daypack/Backpack/fanny pack
  • Sturdy hiking boots or shoes
  • Shoes for walking through water
  • One pair of nice shoes for Shabbat
  • "Going-out" outfits for nighttime activities
  • Comfortable clothes for hiking
  • 2 swimsuits
  • 2 towels (bathroom and swim towel)
  • Hat with brim (for trips, baseball hat is recommended)
  • Formal-wear for Shabbat (e.g., nice pants, long-sleeved button down shirt, kippa)
  • Water canteen (2-liters is recommended)
  • Prescription glasses/contact lense supplies
  • Sunglasses or eyeglass guard
  • Toiletries
  • Basic medication (e.g., pills for head and bodyaches and diarrhea, anti-bite cream) and any prescription medicine (with copies of prescriptions)
  • Sunscreen (the sun in Israel is very strong)
  • Insect repellant
  • Flashlight
  • Wristwatch
  • Alarm clock with batteries
  • Camera with large data card
  • Music/MP3 Player
  • Notebook and pens
  • Journal
  • Earplugs (for plane or for sleep)
  • Pleasure book(s)
  • Plastic bags for wet or dirty clothes
  • Approximately $175 - $300 spending money for food on free days, taxis, gifts and laundry, etc.
  • Cash/ATM/Credit Card (Mastercard and Visa are widely accepted)
  • Rainwear (for winter trips)
  • Umbrella (for winter trips)
  • Adapter for electrical appliances (Electrical equipment has to be adaptable to 220 volts and have a European adapter for the prong. Equipment on a motor (e.g., electric shaver) must be adaptable to 50 Hz (as opposed to 110 volts and 60 Hz for North America)

Are there other learning opportunities besides the Essentials Program?

Further study opportunities are available.

Is there flexibility in the schedule? What if I have other obligations in Israel.

The Essentials Program schedule is flexible and our staff will work with you to provide a custom-tailored schedule to suit your needs if you have other obligations.

Will I have free time during the program?

The Essentials Program schedule is packed with inspiring activities, but also allows students enough free time each day to address their various needs.

Am I responsible to find my own housing and meals during the program?

We provide housing (dorms) and food for the entire program.


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