Nesiya: Israel Programs for Israeli and American Teens
Creative Jewish Text Study

Study Guides

The study of Jewish texts – both traditional and contemporary – is a central component in all Nesiya programs. Through creative study, participants explore the relevance of modern and traditional texts through dialogue, chevruta and small group study, storytelling, theater improv, and other creative activities. Rather than offering "right" answers, approaches, or conclusions, Nesiya encourages participants to keep their minds open to new possibilities, interpretations, and meanings for their own lives.

In 2004, Nesiya began sending holiday-related study guides to alumni and friends, in order to expand and invigorate our community of learning. If you are interested in receiving these study guides by email, please send an email including your mailing address and email to

We invite you to share in our learning community through the following study guides:


> Pesach 2012 - Entering the Land: Limitedness and Gratitude

> Pesach 2011 - Matzah: Humility and Freedom

> Pesach 2010 - Gilad Shalit: Redemption and Peoplehood

> Pesach 2009 - Next Year in the Land Of Israel?

> Pesach 2008 - Those Who Serve and People of Freedom

> Pesach 2007 - From Memory to Action

> Pesach 2006 - The Tradition of Questioning and the Questioning of Tradition

> Pesach 2005 - Dayenu: Gifts of Gratitude

> Pesach 2004 - Anger, Wrath, Love: Our Relationships with Other Nations

High Holidays

> High Holidays 2012 - A Season of Forgiveness: Rebuke and Love

> High Holidays 2011 - Social Justice: Far Away and Close By

> High Holidays 2010 - Calling Out for Goodness: Alone & Together

> High Holidays 2009 - This Too is for the Best?

> High Holidays 2008 - Self Denial and the Joy of Repairing the World

> Rosh Hashanah 2007 - Shmitah: A Year Without Givers or Receivers

> Rosh Hashanah 2006 - The World was Created for Me

> Rosh Hashanah 2005 - Judgment and Creation

> Rosh Hashanah 2004 - A Time for Listening


> Hanukkah 2008 - The Tale of the Menorah

> Hanukkah 2005 - Becoming a Light


> פסח 2012 - הכניסה אל הארץ: מגבלות והכרת תודה

> פסח 2011 מצה: ענווה וחירות

> פסח 2010 גלעד שליט: גאולה ועמיות

> פסח 2009 – לשנה הבאה בירושלים?

> פסח 2008 – עובדים ובני חורין

> פסח 2007 מזיכרון למעשה

ימים נוראים

> ימים נוראים 2012 - ימים של סליחה: תוכחה ואהבה

> ימים נוראים 2011 - צדץ חברתי: לרחוקים ולקרובים

> ימים נוראים 2010 - לקרוא לטוב: לבד וביחד

> ימים נוראים 2009 - גם זו לטובה?

> ימים נוראים 2008 - תענית ותיקון: שליטה עצמית והשמחה שבתיקון עולם

> ראש השנה 2007 - שמיטה: שנה בלי נותנים או מקבלים

> ראש השנה 2006 - בשבילי נברא העולם

After Nesiya, I realized that it's really not about getting the answers, it's not about having definite opinions, but it's about asking the questions and the process of discovery.

Maital Friedman
White Plains, NY