The Uniqueness of Yiftach:
The personal accompaniment at Yiftach focuses on four cycles:
What is the format for success?
One of the reasons for Yiftach’s success is its creation of a supportive framework that continues after the conclusion of academic studies, which is intended to strengthen the sense of self-competence by means of significant achievement.
In the afternoons Yiftach runs diverse enrichment activities that demonstrate creative abilities within the framework of a number of courses of study: music, art, photography, drama and agricultural-ecological work with animals. Each course enables at least 6-8 weekly hours of classroom activity. The experience of achievement is strengthened by the instructors who are considered the best in their fields.
The evening hours are dedicated to the acquisition of social and interpersonal skills by means of comprehensible input-output activities and free time for personal activity in the sports facilities, youth club and the domains of the various courses.
Apart from all the routine schoolwork, for the duration of the year there are diverse social activities including a three week break outside the boarding school for consolidation, survival exercises and other missions. The social activities also include joint Shabbatot, day trips and planning group evenings.
Weekly activities – afternoons
Agricultural-Ecological Work with Animals
Week of Consolidation
A week of activities that takes place at the beginning of the school year for the purpose of connecting and communicating between the teenagers. During the week all the students leave the school for various consolidation activities.
This week marks the height of the school year at Yiftach. The week progresses in the field in harsh conditions with backbreaking equipment. Groups consist of about 4 students who have to get from one point to another and make do for an entire week with the supplies in their backpacks. This week contributes greatly to the teenagers’ self-confidence.
The trip lasts 3-4 days and generally takes place in the middle of the year. It is full of attractions and activities such as a horseback riding, a jeep ride, hiking, rafting etc.
Week of Missions
Every class has ongoing missions. The purpose of this week is to get out of the routine and cope with various challenges that demand creativity, daring and mainly a lot of thought.
At the end of the year the 12th grade goes out on a trip, a meaningful experience that is part of the process of parting ways with the younger students at Yiftach.
– Group evenings including kumsitz hootenanny sessions, barbecues, night trips etc.
Day Trips Commemorating Special Events
External study days and trips on the Tenth of Tevet, Remembrance Day and Jerusalem Day. The objective is to enrich the students on the subjects that are relevant to the calendar.
Since we are in a very hot region we go out to a pool in the area once a week, giving the teenagers a chance to air out.
These outings and breaks from the routine enable the gathering of renewed strength in preparation for the continuation of studies, and they are a necessary condition for the teenagers’ scholastic success. The activities outside of Yiftach also contribute a lot to the consolidation of the teenagers as a group and a sense of cohesion and family in the village.