Kibbutz Ulpan – Dati

An end-of-program picture with all the Kibbutz Ulpan Dati participants
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Kibbutz Ulpan Dati is a 5 month work-study program for Jewish young adults between the ages of 18 and 30 at Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu. On the program you will learn conversational Hebrew, work on the kibbutz, and take part in rich and unique kibbutz culture. Observant Ulpan is a similar program to Ulpan programs on secular kibbutzim, however there is religious component to the curriculum and students are expected to follow the traditions of a Modern Orthodox community while on kibbutz (observing Shabbat and festivals, dress code – kippa or cap for men, no shorts or sleeveless shirts for women). The program also offers optional religious and Jewish studies classes for interested students.

The total cost of the program is $6,010 which includes a $360 non-refundable registration fee and $5,650 for tuition. It is one of the most affordable long-term programs in Israel. Complete room and board, as well as health insurance and all programming, is included. Masa scholarships are available for those who qualify. Go to for more information. Participating in a Kibbutz Ulpan is a time-honored tradition that countless people have experienced over the years. Today a Kibbutz Ulpan is a perfect choice for anyone looking to take a gap-year before college, or for any young adult looking to take time off from employment or college and do something different while learning Hebrew and seeing Israel.

If you plan on making ALIYAH (moving to Israel) upon arrival to Kibbutz Ulpan, please contact Nefesh B’Nefesh as this office only works with TOURISTS.

Here is a video of our most recent program!


  • Sde Eliyahu August 30, 2016 – February 2, 2017 - Kibbutz Ulpan Dati

  • Sde Eliyahu February 27, 2017 – August 3, 2017 - Kibbutz Ulpan Dati

    For over 40 years Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu has operated a Hebrew Ulpan. The students have always been new immigrants or Jewish tourists. The Kibbutz is located in the Beit Shean valley, south of Tiberius.

    The Ulpan program: Beginners and Advanced Hebrew, 20 hours of study weekly over three mornings with the possibility of extra lessons after class given by our in-house Madricha (counselor).

    Additional subjects in the Curriculum: The Hebrew calendar, Current Affairs, Songs and folklore, Jewish History, The map and acquaintance with Israel, Religious Studies. If requested, the kibbutz is happy to provide additional lessons in Judaism and Religious Studies.

    Work Schedule: Each student will work 3 days a week. The work covers the cost for board and lodging on Kibbutz and contributes to the integration into Kibbutz life.

    Field Trips: During the Ulpan term, there are monthly one day field trips and an additional 2 day trip. The students will be accompanied by professional guides. There is also a one week course to experience the Army (Gadna)

    Vacation: Every 3rd Shabbat the students have a free weekend – from Friday afternoon after work and studies, until Sunday afternoon. The students are invited to every social gathering that takes place on Kibbutz.

Five months ago, I joined an Ulpan Program on Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu. I expected to learn some Hebrew, meet some new people, and do a little work on kibbutz. What I did not expect, was to pass Ulpan ג, meet the greatest group of people I have ever meet, make extremely close friends I have truly come to think of as family, and work my tush off in almost every single job the Ulpan was allowed to do. Three days ago, the Ulpan came to an end, and today, I will be leaving the kibbutz. It was an experience I will never forget; a memory I will have forever. I will miss everyone greatly, and I will never forget the time I spent here, or the people I spent it with. Good luck to everyone else from the ulpan who is moving up to do bigger and better things.!בהצלחה לכולם
- Ephraim from Maryland
Kibbutz Ulpan Dati Application Form
Kibbutz Summer Ulpan Medical Form

We also require two letters of recommendation/character references. These should be written by bosses or supervisors at work, an academic adviser, university professor or high school teacher, and/or community or religious leader. These cannot be written by family and we highly discourage you from sending in letters from family friends.

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