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The Eshnav program provides an opportunity for students who are involved in Jewish Studies in the CIS and Baltic countries and have passed a competitive selection, a scientific internship at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The program includes study in Israeli libraries on their own research projects, individual consultations with leading Israeli experts in various fields of Jewish Studies, lectures, methodological seminars, and acquaintance with the country.

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The internship is designed for young researchers working on their bachelor's, master's and PhD theses in Jewish Studies, who need access to foreign historiography and consultation with well-known Israeli experts on the topic of their research.

The program is implemented in partnership by Sefer Center andInternational Center for University Teaching of Jewish Civilization (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)with support ofGenesis Philanthropy GroupOnward Israel.

Place of internship: Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Form of internship: individual classes with tutors and mentors, studies in libraries and archives, several planned methodological lectures, introductory instruction on libraries

Internship dates: July 19 - August 16, 2020

Applications are accepted until March 1, 2020

Terms of participation: the organizers provide participants with accommodation (in a University dormitory) and a small scholarship; free access to the University libraries on the campuses in Scopus and Givat Ram, archives, research centers; lecture and cultural program; provide a tutor and mentor from among the leading Israeli experts on the topic of research for consultations.

Important information: All participants of the program independently purchase and pay for air tickets to Israel, and must have with them at least $350 for personal needs.

Requirements for participants: Students and young scientists up to 35 years old who speak English and / or Hebrew at the level required to work in Israeli libraries. The application must contain a topic and description of research related to Jewish Studies, as well as a justification for the need to work in Israeli archives and libraries.

Candidates of 19-27 years old who have never participated in a long-term (more than 3 months) educational program in Israel can count on additional internship conditions from Onward Israel. Preference will be given to those who have already participated in a Birthright program (for example, Taglit). Those who wish to learn more about additional conditions must indicate this in the application.

We are waiting for your applications atstudents@sefer.rudon't forget to specify "Eshnav 2020" in the subject line»

Application form

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In 2017 Eshnav program underwent changes: now it exists in the frames of the Grants for the research projects in Jewish studies. Young researchers and Jewish studies teachers who need to study foreign historiography for their topics in the libraries and archives of Israel and to consult with prominent Israel specialists, can apply for this grant.

Eshnav is the one-month annual academic training program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for select students (including academically excellent undergraduates, post-graduates and young academics already teaching in the field). The program includes work research in Israeli archives and libraries, offering individual mentoring and tutorials by leading Israeli academics, as well as Ulpan course and tours across the country.

The first Eshnav Summer University program in Israel took place on July 18 - August 7, 1997, and was organized by AYJS and Sefer Center in cooperation with the International Center for University Teaching of Jewish Civilization and the Melton Center of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the Joint Authority for Jewish and Zionist education of the Jewish Agency for Israel.

It was the unprecedented initiative to gather the best FSU students of the academic Jewish studies programs in Jerusalem for 3 weeks of unique educational, mentoring, research and social experience (academic chair - Prof.Shaul Stampfer).

The goal of the “Eshnav” project was to introduce Israel - the world center of the Academic Jewish studies for the Jewish studies students from all over FSU. The selection to the project was competitive.

Eshnav participants project are granted a chance to conduct their own researches and projects by taking advantage of the rich educational resources located in universities. The participants also had an opportunity to attend the World Congress of Jewish studies and some other conferences, they learned about the Jewish studies programmes for graduate and post-graduate students in the Universities of Israel and experienced the Land and People of Israel.

For today almost 300 students, post-graduates and young researchers have joined the project "Eshnav" (some of them participated twice or more).