For more information about Shnat, contact Betar Australia’s Shnat Rekaz. You can find her contact details on our contact page.
What is Shnat?Shnat is a selective scholarship program designed for youth leaders from around the world. The program has a strong focus on e ducation, self-education and the acquisition of life-long leadership skills. As the program is offered exclusively to chanichim at the immediate completion of their high school studies, they are at a complex yet exceptional time of their lives when they are sufficiently mature and suitable to embrace their Jewish Homeland and gain an appreciation of Israeli culture and society whilst developing their independence. On return to Australia, a Boger (graduate) is responsible for the running of the movement. They are given the opportunity to carry on what they have learnt and give back some of what they have been given. As a Boger they learn invaluable life lessons and gain experience and responsibility that can be found in no other forum. Shnat is an investment in your child’s life.
Based on instilling the Betarian principals of Hadar and Tagar, the program is aimed at developing the self, leadership skills, Jewish identity and a deeper connection to the land and people of Israel.
What is Betar Shnat?The Betar Shnat program offers its participants a unique and powerful Israel experience. The year, while generally referred to as Shnat, is actually called Shnat Hachshara (year of training). This term is particularly relevant for a Betari as, during our senior years in the movement we are constantly training to better ourselves, to improve our Hadracha (leadership), our Chinuch (education) and our understanding of the movement. Shnat is the natural continuation of this training as it is designed to further improve these skills as well as gain new insights into Jewish identity and history, Zionism and Zionist history, Israeli culture and politics, and to extend and advance ourselves in terms of personal growth and independence. The skills and knowledge learned are designed to ensure that Betarim on Shnat are trained to return to their movement and their community as competent, capable and enthusiastic Bogrim who will contribute to both these elements of Jewish life in a way that will better them for the future. The impact of a successful shnattie on the movement and the community is invaluable, the love for Israel is inspiring and their dedication an asset.
Shnat is an important and defining life experience for any Betari.
The current Shnatties near the beginning of their adventure