Selah Jewish Identity Track
Own Your Judaism
Have you ever stopped to ask what Judaism actually means to you? Are you looking to become more committed to your Jewish self? Do you want to find meaning in your Judaism? Do you want to do all this but at your own pace and in your own way? If so, then Selah is right for you!
What Is Selah?
The Selah Track is geared to give high school graduates an added Jewish dimension to their Aardvark Israel Gap Year experience. Some people want to explore their Jewish values and practices or wish to grow spiritually and to increase their Jewish knowledge, but they cannot find the proper environment to do that. Selah offers a space that is non-coercive and non-judgmental for males and females together. Selah’s big idea is that by the end of the year you will be more clear about what sort of Jew you want to be.
Jewish Growth & Self Discovery
We provide an open and warm environment and a framework of activities and experiences that are supportive of participants’ religious growth no matter what their background is. We are open-minded yet deeply committed to Jewish tradition. Our special combination of workshops, classes, outings and activities allow our students to learn and make connections as well as to find the relevance of Judaism for their lives. We encourage learning that speaks to our entire being – our mind, spirit, heart and actions. Over the year, Selah students participate in meaningful conversations about themselves and their heritage. Selah graduates find their Jewish passion and take their learning with them in their daily lives.
Sound like a good fit? Speak with our program director!
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it a problem if I have never done a lot of Jewish learning or don’t know Hebrew?
What if I am not Orthodox? Is there still something in Selah for me?
And what if I am Orthodox?
If I am on Selah am I also part of Aardvark?
What do I do on Shabbat when there is no Shabbaton?
Is the program different in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv?
Is Selah for the whole year or just one semester?
Can I do an internship or volunteer and do Selah?
Can I do Aardvark’s other additional programs if I do Selah?
We are still accepting applicants. Apply here or fill out a contact form to speak with the Head of Selah, Rabbi Marc
So why are we called Selah?
Selah is a Hebrew word (סלה) that appears in the Bible, mostly in the book of Tehillim (Psalms). The word ‘Selah’ may be familiar as it appears multiple times in the Siddur (Prayerbook), most notably in the traditional Amida prayer. Some commentaries explain that it means ‘this is true and correct.’ Others say the word comes as a break between the main ideas. The word ‘Selah’ might also have been a call to the Levites in Temple times to sing louder or to change the tune. We call ourselves ‘Selah’ because we think that all Jews need to take a break to think about what is true and important. Our Judaism should be full of song and soul and energy. (Based on the commentary of the Radak (12th century France) the Malbim (19th century Ukraine) and the Daat Mikra (20th century Israel)