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2021 Expected Living Locations
Summer 2021 living locations will be finalized in March of 2021.
Any municipality interested in bringing TALMA to their community can reach out to our team in Israel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This summer, TALMA Fellows will serve more than 2 dozen school communities across Israel. Teachers will live at one of 7 base locations from which they will commute to their assigned school. Each location offers a unique experience. Details on the expected summer 2021 living communities are below, along with key terms to explain the set-up of each location.
Independent Track: Fellows on an independent track operate with a greater level of autonomy when it comes to meals and/or transportation. For example:
You may need to navigate to and from your school by public transportation (bus, light-rail, or sherut).
We'll provide a bus pass & teach you your route.
You'll receive a food stipend (incl. guidance on how to budget for all meals) and will be responsible for organizing the majority of your meals -
If your accommodation has a kitchen, you can use your stipend to shop at the local market or grocery store and prepare your own meals.
Otherwise, you'll be in a city with easy access to eateries, and can eat out for all or most meals.
Tourist Track: Fellows on 'tourist track' locations have less logistics to manage. For example:
Your school may be in walking distance or require private transportation - which TALMA organizes.
One or more meals a day are provided at your living location (i.e.: breakfast buffet, bagged lunches, dining hall, or kibbutz meals). You'll receive a food stipend for any unprovided meals & can choose to cook or eat out based on options for your location.
The Original TALMA Track
In 2014, TALMA made history in Nazareth Illit (now Nof HaGalil) and Migdal HaEmek when we successfully launched the first-ever TALMA summer school program. Accordingly, our founding home base of Nof Tavor - located at Kibbutz Mizra - is 'The Original' TALMA experience. Since the early days of TALMA, our presence in this Northern region of Israel has expanded to surrounding communities in the Jezreel Valley and Pardes Hanna.
Beloved by all who are placed here, Fellows in this region live two to a room in a hotel on the scenic country grounds of Kibbutz Mizra. Fellows are spared the hassle of worrying about grocery shopping or preparing meals, as all creature comforts are provided from breakfast buffets to bagged lunches, and access to a variety of yummy restaurants or delivery from surrounding establishments. Organized transportation to placement schools is provided by TALMA...and the on-site pool is a favorite place for lesson planning or unwinding after a busy day!
2021 Community Highlights: 15 Fellows + 1-3 Israeli Mentors. Tourist Track, with most meals and all transportation provided.
The Ultimate Salad Bowl
The summer of 2015 marked the launch of TALMA's pilot program in Israel's Holy City of Jerusalem. Fellows made a strong enough impression that then Mayor Nir Barkat publicly declared his intention to grow TALMA's presence in Jerusalem ten-fold. TALMA Fellows at this location serve 'the salad bowl' of Jerusalem in secular, religious, and Palestinian schools throughout East and West Jerusalem.
Fellows on this independent track will live at a hostel/hotel with 2 to a room, kitchen access, and steps from hundreds of restaurants and the infamous Mahane Yehuda market...not to mention, sites across the Old City.
Fellows receive breakfast at the hotel plus a stipend that enables them to buy or cook the majority of their own meals or budget to eat out as they wish. Fellows receive public transportation passes that enable them to travel to their placement schools via bus or light rail as well as adventure on their own time. Those Fellows placed in East Jerusalem will be provided taxis to cut down on the commute.
2021 Community Highlights: 35 Fellows + 3 Mentors. Independent Track. Serving Jerusalem and East Jerusalem.
Teach on the Beach
Ashkelon is a beautiful beach town known as a melting pot of cultures. From this beachside base, TALMA fellows serve two municipalities:
Ashkelon: This is our third summer in Ashkelon in partnership with The Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership.
Eshkol Region: This community of kibbutzim and moshavim lies midway between Ashkelon and Beersheba, bounded on the west by the Gaza Strip. 2021 will be TALMA's first summer serving Eshkol.
Baltimore Fellows receive priority and get special experiences organized by their sister-city partnership including meet & greets with the Mayor, special community dinners, optional Shabbat hosts, and more.
2021 Community Highlights: 15-22 Fellows + 2 Mentors. Tourist Track. Fellows will have breakfast provided at their hotel plus stipends for meals in the surrounding popular restaurants and eateries in and around the harbor and beachfront.
Ben Shemen Youth Village
The Camp-Life Track
Ben Shemen Youth Village plays host to TALMA headquarters and our full-year fellowship, TALMA 2.0. A year-round boarding school, Ben-Shemen is home to a diverse group of pluralistic students - some from broken homes, some secular outcasts of religious communities, others new immigrants seeking immersion into the Israeli way of life.
Located only 25 minutes from Tel-Aviv, Ben-Shemen is an agricultural youth village featuring sprawling fields, farm-life, and a warm and loving environment that encourages kids through music and hands-on-learning - instilling a love of land and Israel, while also creating family and preparing youth for survival, adulthood, and leadership.
This special location offers our Fellows an experience reminiscent of sleep-away summer camp...with the benefit of our full-year fellow's personal tiny homes....lovingly dubbed 'TALMAtats.'
2021 Community Highlights: 5 Fellows, 1 Mentor/Coach. Tourist Track with all meals provided as well as private dwellings with kitchenettes ('Talma-tats'). Teaching locations and a dining hall are on-site at the Village.
'Desert By the Sea'
TALMA Fellows placed in this bustling seaside city will build upon the success and momentum created by our 2020-21 full-year Eilat fellows. This will be the second summer that TALMA summer school takes place in Eilat...a city that will continue to serve as a 2021-22 full-year location.
A busy port and popular resort destination at the northern tip of the Red Sea - the city's beaches, coral reefs, nightlife & desert landscapes make Eilat a desirable destination for those willing and able to handle the heat...temperatures can reach 110 over the summer...but A/C is plentiful!
Although Eilat is comprised of wealthy elites & tourists, the other half of the city is comprised of the hotel employees and their families that will make up many of the classrooms we'll serve.
Fellows will enjoy apart-hotel living in the private center city studios that serve as a home base of our full-year fellow throughout the school year.
2021 Community Highlights: 6 Fellows. 1 Mentor. Independent Track with a private dwelling with kitchenette. Some walkable schools, others requiring TALMA-provided transportation.
Rehovot (With base in Ashdod)
Citrus in the City with a Splash of Beach
Rehovot is a longtime and loved TALMA teaching community. Only 12 miles outside of Tel Aviv, this city hosts a large concentration of Russian, Yemenite, and Ethiopian Israelis. Fellows will enjoy the city experience of Rehovot while also benefitting from beachside living in nearby Ashdod.
There are numerous things to do in Rehovot, that will help you spend some amazing time in the city. Major attractions include the Ayalon Institue, Palmachim Beach, and the Bravdo Winery. You can also explore the streets and markets of the city and get the taste of some mouthwatering street food of Israel and learn more about the local cultures and traditions. Then, head home for some beach relaxation!
2021 Community Highlights:
10-20 Fellows. 1-3 Mentors. Hybrid track with 1 meal provided daily by the hotel and the rest of meals eaten in and around town. TALMA provides roundtrip organized transportation between the hotel in Ashdod and teaching sites in Rehovot.
Near the Sea-ya
A first-time location for TALMA, this will be our smallest community of only three - two TALMA Fellows and an Israeli mentor. Given that this is not a traditional-sized TALMA community, we encourage this placement for alumni who know the TALMA experience already and are in a better position to successfully pioneer a brand new location.
Teachers will live in a shared apartment in Nahriya with cooking facilities and the ability to get around to school and local sights on foot or via public transit. We encourage two alumni to apply for this location as a pair - ready to embrace your Israeli mentor/new roommate!
2021 Community Highlights: 2 Fellows. 1 Mentor. Independent track with ability to cook meals at home or eat out in the community.