Kedma has been helping gap-year students find meaning and connection since before the coronavirus pandemic.
As a result of the ongoing coronavirus crisis, funding was cut to many programs of the Jewish Agency for Israel, Masa included.
"Because of the great uncertainty that COVID-19 caused, I decided I’d use this year to do something meaningful instead of wasting it by staying at home."
Frontier Israel, a gap semester program for recent high school graduates, will run from September 2 – December 25, 2020.
According to EMA Care, an estimated 80% of programs will close down permanently if they are not able to reopen in the fall.
“As young American Jews, who spent a formative year of our lives in Israel, we unequivocally condemn the threat of unilateral annexation."
Fellows who arrive in Israel will be required to remain in quarantine for 14 days, during which they will receive orientations, Hebrew-language course and educational seminars.
As the Israeli government begins to loosen social distancing regulations, gap year programs are now faced with the question: What next?