The Aderet Leadership program aims to create a living Beit Midrash, exploring how to build a better society, and how Jewish tradition and values are relevant to reforming the public sphere in Israel today. We aim to create a cadre of future leaders with an awareness of civic and national responsibility, suitably trained to sustain social action programs aimed at building a better Israel.
The Aderet Leadership Training Program has three components: The Education Track aims to strengthen national, social, and self-identity through the study of Israeli society and Jewish heritage, both in the classroom and in the field. Coursework includes preparatory training for participants’ future service as leaders in the IDF. The Community Activism Track prepares program participants to become active volunteers, understanding the community and its needs from within. Trainees live in Moshav Aderet and fully participate in community life, build a relationship with the town’s residents and provide at-risk children with a safe and nurturing environment. Together, local residents and program participants define community needs, with the students dedicating at least ten hours a week to social and educational projects in communities throughout the region. Projects include “big brother / sister” mentoring projects, after-school activities, youth clubs for teenage drop-outs, and programming for senior citizens. The Ecological Responsibility Track focuses on awareness and action. Classes, projects, and field trips are dedicated to increasing ecological awareness, and participants live an environmentally friendly lifestyle, building their own living and study spaces from natural materials.