The city of Jerusalem and the Holy Land more broadly is full of extracurricular activities for our students to enjoy, including: hiking trails that span the entire country, fresh and saltwater beaches, museums, festivals and cultural attractions, major religious holy sites, delicious street food, and many other diverse opportunities.
We host on- and off-campus activities for our students throughout the semester, including a student activity day trip. Our students enjoy movie and game nights, as well as weekly ultimate frisbee games.
Every Friday before the start of Shabbat, our students play ultimate frisbee together in the Hinnom Valley below our campus. Enjoying a frisbee game in the shadow of the Old City walls is a great way for our students to bring the week to a close.
Every semester, we set aside a day for our students to do something around the country that is not easily accessible to them from Jerusalem. We enjoy taking students to water parks, hiking trails, days at the beach, and everything in between. This excursion is always a highlight of the semester and a great way for students to connect with each other.
Hiking and outdoor activities are a big part of Israeli culture. The country is full of long and short trails that span desert, Mediterranean, and mountain climates. Our students regularly hike and camp around the country, including popular routes like the Jesus Trail through the Galilee, a nationally recognized trail created by a former JUC short-term student.
Jerusalem is loaded with museums featuring ancient and modern exhibits. With significant artifacts from archaeological excavations, as well as art and history exhibits, access to these museums is a valuable first-hand resource for our students.