This summer, TALMA Fellows will serve more than 2 dozen school districts from the base of our 9 living locations across Israel. Each site offers a unique Israeli experience. Details on the nine 2019 living communities are below, along with key terms to explain the set-up of each location. 


Independent Track: Fellows living on an independent track are based in apartment style housing that requires a higher level of autonomy. Fellows receive meal stipends for taking care of their own meals/cooking and may be responsible for travel between their living location and school using public transportation passes to get around.

Tourist Track: Fellows live in hotel, summer-camp, or boarding school style housing for which travel to schools is walkable or requires private transportation provided by TALMA. Most meals are provided (often buffet or dining hall style) and Fellows receive a basic living stipend for snacking/other needs.

Hybrid: Several tracks are hybrids of elements of both the  independent and tourist track and may be based in apartment, hotel, or kibbutz-style housing - with some meals provided and some purchased through TALMA provided stipends.


Jezreel Valley

The Original TALMA Track

In 2014, TALMA made history in Nazareth Illit and Migdal HaEmek when it successfully pulled off its first year of the program. Since then, TALMA's presence in this Northern region of Israel has gradually spread to surrounding communities in the Jezreel Valley, including Menashe.


Fellows placed in this region live two to a room in a hotel on the scenic country grounds of Kibbutz Mizra. Those on the Original Track are spared the hassle of worrying about grocery shopping or preparing food, as all creature comforts and meals are provided. Fellows enjoy buffet breakfasts, brown bag lunches, and a variety of fun and delicious dinners from surrounding establishments.


Organized transportation to placement schools is provided and teachers serve a variety of communities.

2019 Community Highlights: 10-12 Fellows + 3 Israeli Mentors. Tourist Track, with most meals and all transportation provided.


The Independent Track


The summer of 2015 marked the kick off our pilot program in Israel's Holy City of Jerusalem. Fellows represented TALMA in eight schools across Jerusalem and made a strong enough impression on Jerusalem's Mayor, Nir Barkat, that he publicly declared his intention to grow TALMA's presence in Jerusalem ten-fold. 2017 marked a milestone for Talma as we established our first school partnership within East Jerusalem - building a wonderful rapport with the students, community, and local Arab co-teachers.

Fellows on the Independent Track will be split between three hotels/ hostels all within a short walking distance to Mahane Yehuda and the Old City. Participants receive a stipend that enables them to  buy or cook the majority of their own food 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.

2019 Community Highlights: 40-60 Fellows + 4 Mentors. Independent with a meal/living stipend. Serving Jerusalem and East Jerusalem. Public transportation.

Mitzpe Ramon

The Desert Track


In the summer of 2016, TALMA expanded to the desert, and in 2017 - we chose Mitzpe as the pilot city for our full-year program: TALMA 2.0.


Our summer Desert Track Fellows reap the benefit of our full year presence in Mitzpe and will live in our TALMA apartments - each Fellow getting a bedroom to him or herself, but sharing a common area and kitchen. The apartments, located throughout this ibex-filled community on the fringe of the Makhtesh Ramon Canyon, offer a home-base from which fellows can enjoy all the beauty this nature-haven has to offer.

Fellows will ride on TALMA provided shuttles or public transportation to serve schools in neighboring communities such as Dimona & Yeruham.

You can read more about Mitzpe here.

2019 Community Highlights: 9-11 Fellows, Independent Track with meal and living stipends provided for independent food preparation, and public or private transportation for those working outside of Mitzpe.



Teach on the Beach

Ashkelon is a beautiful beach town known as a melting pot of local cultures. From this base, our Talma Fellows will serve the following communities:  


  • Ashkelon: This is our second summer in Ashkelon, the sister city of Baltimore, Maryland.

  • Hof Ashkelon: Just outside of Ashkelon is this neighboring community which is often afflicted by sirens due to its proximity to Gaza. Students may suffer from PTSD.

  • Kiryat Malachi ("The City of Angels"): This is our 4th summer serving this wonderful orthodox & Ethiopian community.

2019 Community Highlights: 25-30 Fellows + 3 Mentors. Fellows will have breakfast provided plus stipends for meals in the surrounding area.

Note: Please do your due diligence on Ashkelon when applying as this is a sensitive region less than 20 miles from Gaza. While we take every measure to ensure the safety of participants, Fellows will drill to prepare for a Red-Alert and it is possible that Fellows could experience a siren.


The Mystical Track


For the third summer, Talma will host Fellows in Safed, the world capital of Kabbalah. Fellows will live at a family-run Bed & Breakfast on Mt. Cana’an surrounded by sprawling gardens, fruit trees, and hammocks for relaxation...not to the mystical city is a short ride down the road.


Fellows will travel to schools using either TALMA organized transportation or car rentals that will be shared among teachers serving specific schools.


Breakfast will be provided at the B&B, and kitchens are available for lunch and dinner - with the grocery store a short walk down the road. Fellows will receive a stipend for lunch and dinner along with a suggested budget.

2019 Community Highlights: Approx 8-10 Fellows + 2 mentors. Serving Kiryat Shmona, Hatzor Haglilit and Merom HaGalil. 


Ben Shemen Youth Village

The Camp-Life Track

For the second year,  TALMA will run at Ben Shemen Youth Village which will offer our Fellows an experience reminiscent of sleepaway summer camp. A year-round boarding school, Ben-Shemen plays home to a diverse group of students - some from broken homes, some secular outcasts of religious communities, others new immigrants seeking immersion into the Israeli way of life.


An agricultural youth village located only 25 minutes from Tel-Aviv, Ben-Shemen features sprawling fields, farm-life, and a warm and loving

environment that encourages kids through music an hands-on-learning - while creating family and preparing youth for survival and leadership. 

We are privileged to be invited to join their community for the summer - and, for TALMA Fellows and alums who fall in love with Ben Shemen, 2019 marks the launch of TALMA 2.0 and our Full Year Community at Ben Shemen.

2019 Community Highlights: 6-7 Fellows, 1 Mentor. Tourist Track with all meals provided, and simple but comfortable dorm style living. Teaching locations  and dining facilities are on-site of the Ben Shemen campus.

Kibbutz Eilot

The Red Sea Track


One of our brand new living locations will be just outside the southernmost tip of Israel near the bustling seaside city of Eilat. A busy port and popular resort destination at the northern tip of the Red Sea, on the Gulf of Aqaba, the city's beaches, coral reef, nightlife and desert landscapes make Eilat a popular destination for domestic and international tourism. While  Eilat is made up of wealthy elites and tourists, the other half are the hotel employees and their families, who make up many of the classroom's we'll serve.

Fellows will live just 2 miles outside of the city at Kibbutz Eilot, the world’s southernmost kibbutz. Eilot overlooks the Red Sea to the South, Edom Mountains in the East , Eilat Mountains to the West and the Roded Wadi to the North. The site is linked to historic events such as the first import of date trees to Israel, and the signing of the Peace Treaty with Jordan...and now, the first summer of TALMA in Eilat!

2019 Community Highlights: Fellows, 1 Mentor. Tourist Track. 

The Green Mountains: Kibbutz Inbar

Serving Arab villages and the Druze communities of the North


Another new living location in 2019 will be in the Galilee region of Israel. Fellows placed here will get in touch with nature while staying at a peaceful country guest house and B&B at Kibbutz Inbar, (the smallest Kibbutz in Israel!). Inbar's location is central to famous sites - among them Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee, the Mount of Beatitudes and Capernahum.

From this base living location, Fellows will work with Arab and Druze populations while partnered with Arabic speaking co-teachers from one of six Druze villages we'll be serving. This is a unique opportunity to enter a wonderful, warm, and welcoming community, quite different from many of our other locations. While we have served several of these communities in past years, TALMA is more than doubling its presence in the Arab sector and we are excited to find the right TALMA Fellows to represent us as we amplify our impact in these areas!

2019 Community Highlights: 18-22 Fellows, 4 Mentors, Serving in Ram'e, Horfish, Yarka, Kisra Samia, Mghar, and Julees.

Urban living Track: Rehovot

Live in the heart of the hustle and bustle of Rehovot


From the time it was founded in 1890, Rehovot has attracted attention from abroad - though only 10% of the population speaks English! The world famous Weizmann Institute of Science, the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food & Environment (HUJI) and assorted hi-tech and biotech businesses define the character of this modern city, and the regular influx of visiting academics from abroad helps to infuse Rehovot with a truly international flavor. The city's easily accessible railway system makes it easy for those wishing to adventure to the Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem areas to get around.

Fellows will live in one of two hotel locations on the main street in town, surrounded by coffee shops, restaurants, a fun night life, and more.


While this will be TALMA's first summer with a living location in Rehovot, we have worked in the community's schools for several years.

2019 Community Highlights: 15-20 Fellows, 3 Mentors, Serving Rehovot, Bat Yam (by the beach), and the Kanot Youth Village.