Ann Arbor students spend the AAPS's spring break in Israel at Moshav Nahalal. Participants are housed by host families, along with at least one other Ann Arborite. The week is spent attending school with student hosts, touring the Central Galilee, visiting Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, and interacting with their peers.


Ann Arbor participants reciprocate in the following year by hosting their Israeli counterparts here in Ann Arbor during an Israel school break.


September 20-27, 2018




As Ann Arbor's partnership community, Moshav Nahalal is our home away from home in Israel.


Through this mutually supportive and long standing relationship, 9th graders in both communities have a unique opportunity to build bonds with peers while strengthening their sense of connection to each other's countries.


Claudia Halpern
734-677-0100 ext 227


Each participant is expected to...

  • Cover the cost of your own flight and trip insurance
  • Obtain (or confirm) a passport with an expiration date greater than six months from the final day of the Israel trip
  • Attend pre-trip orientation sessions
  • Host a student from Nahalal during the following school year
  • Families of participants are exected to make a minimum $180 pledge to the Annual Campaign and be in good standing with the Federation



Submit all materials to:

Nahalal/Ann Arbor Student Exchange
Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor
2939 Birch Hollow Drive
Ann Arbor, MI  48108



"This trip was the most fun I have ever had in my life! I am especially glad to be able to call Nahalal my new home." 

~ Zoe


"This trip strengthened my connection to Israel. It is really fun meeting all the Israelis. If you did not know any of the Ann Arbor kids already, it is really fun getting to know them, too." 

~ Matt


Where will I stay?
You will stay with a student and his/her family on Moshav Nahalal.


How much will this cost?
All participants are expected to pay for their airfare and trip insurance; Federation staff will determine flights. Students will be asked to purchase gifts for their host families and should plan to bring money to cover souvenirs and incidental expenses related to the trip. Families are also expected to make a minimum $180 pledge to the 2017 Annual Campaign, which is due by December 31, 2017.


How will I be prepared for the trip?

There will be two orientation sessions leading up to your departure. These will cover topics such as Hebrew language, Israeli culture and family life, and specifics about Moshav Nahalal and the Jezreel Valley.


Who will go with our group?

Ayelet Shapiro (Programs and Outreach Coordinator) and Rabbi Daniel Alter (Director of Education, Temple Beth Emeth) will chaperone the group to Nahalal. They will help develop and direct the orientation sessions in partnership with Eva Solomon, one of our Partnership2Gether chair-people.


How many Ann Arbor students can participate in the 2017 Student Exchange?

Due to ground costs, travel logistics and planning purposes, the Student Exchange is currently capped at 20 students. We will be accepting the first 20 applicants who submit Form A, their $500 trip deposit and a student essay. More information about the application process is available on the Application Check List.


If I go on this trip, will I still be eligible for Birthright?

Yes, you will be eligible to participate in a future Birthright trip assuming you meet all of their other criteria (as of 8/17/2015).



​Through Partnership 2Gether, Ann Arbor enjoys a special relationship with Moshav Nahalal in the Central Galilee region of Israel. The highlight of this partnership is the annual Student Exchange program. Through the years, many adults and families have also developed abiding friendships with our Nahalal family.