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 or call Shay at 054-770-0434.


This summer, TALMA Fellows will serve more than 2 dozen school communities across Israel. Teachers will live at one of 8-10 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. Locations will be finalized by mid April and preference forms will go out to accepted fellows following regional meetings in the spring. 


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.

Key Terms


Jezreel Valley: Kibbutz Mizra

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 at Kibbutz Mizra is 'The Original' TALMA experience. Since those 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 a variety of  yummy dinners 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: 13 Fellows + 3 Israeli Mentors. 1 Coach. 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. In summer 2021, this vision will be realized. TALMA will have 100 Fellows serving 'the salad bowl' of Jerusalem in secular and religious Jewish schools and Palestinian schools throughout the city.

Fellows on this independent track will be split among several hotels,  hostels, and apart-hotels that are all within a short walking distance of the famous Mahane Yehuda market and the sites of the Old City.


Fellows receive 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.

2021 Community Highlights: 100 Fellows + 10 Mentors. 5 Coaches. 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 the following cities: 


  • Ashkelon: This is our third summer in Ashkelon in partnership with The Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership.

  • Kiryat Malachi ("The City of Angels"): This is our 5th summer serving this city that plays home to many new immigrants from the former Soviet Union and from Ethiopia

  • Rahat: The largest Bedouin city in the world, Rahat is the only Bedouin township in Israel to have city status. This will be TALMA's first summer serving this fascinating clan-based community.

  • 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.

2021 Community Highlights: 29 Fellows + 4 Mentors + 1 Coach. Tourist Track. Fellows will have breakfast provided plus stipends for meals in the popular restaurants 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: 6-7 Fellows, 1 Mentor/Coach. Hybrid 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 reef, nightlife & desert landscapes make Eilat a desired destination. 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: 9-10 Fellows. 1 Mentor. Independent Track with a private dwelling with kitchenette. Some walkable schools, others requiring TALMA provided transportation.

Kibbutz Inbar

A 'Secret Heaven'


For the second summer, we will be in the Galilee region of Israel. Fellows placed here will get in touch with nature while enjoying the peaceful country guest house and B&B at Kibbutz Inbar - Israel's smallest Kibbutz!


Inbar's location is deemed a 'secret heaven' - but it's not so secret location is central to famous sites like 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 partnering with mostly Arabic speaking co-teachers from one of four Druze villages we'll be serving from here: Ram'e, Yarka, Mghar, and Julees. This is one of two TALMA locations where you can experience the wonderful, warm, and hospitable Druze community and their unique and fascinating history.

2021 Community Highlights:

Tourist track. 16 Fellows, 3 Mentors, 1 Coach. Most meals are provided by the amazing chef at the Kibbutz - though Fellows will often eat lunch in the community on the way home or can utilize a shared kitchen. 


Near the Sea-ya


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2021 Community Highlights: Details coming soon


Citrus in the City

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2021 Community Highlights:

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