MA in Jewish and Global Social and Environmental Justice at the University of Haifa

MA at Haifa University

The University of Haifa offers a new Master’s Degree in Jewish Social and Environmental Sustainability, including an internship in Zambia under the guidance of Israeli partner NGO Tevel b’Tzedek. The curriculum offers coursework in the fields of Judaism, social justice, the environment, and the connections and balances between them. This track will be open to international students as well as Israeli students. The students will study for two semesters in Israel, and in the third, those interested will specialize within the organization ‘Tevel b’Tzedek’ (in Zambia).

Location: Zambia
Starting: September 1, 2023
Ending: May 31, 2024

Program Partners

This program is funded in partnership with

Pears Foundation

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Shalom Corps

Who should apply?

Outstanding opportunity for aspiring development practitioners, farmers, entrepreneurs, educators and activists.

Students who have earned their BA and are interested in pursuing graduate studies in the field of Jewish Studies in one of Israel’s leading Universities, and are also interested in engaging their Jewish Values in a Global activism setting. The successful applicant should be ready for a fascinating and rigorous academic experience in Haifa, followed by a transformative experience serving vulnerable communities with piers in rural Zambia.

Logistics and structure


  • Support life-changing work - Participants will be assigned to specific projects, based on interests and aptitude, pertaining to economic development, agriculture, leadership, gender equality, and WASH. 
  • Education and thought - Learn approaches to international development and explore the environmental challenges Africa faces, how to foster community resilience, and social and environmental justice in the Jewish tradition. 
  • A network for change - The program creates a community of activists, advocates, innovators, and practitioners who consider the transformation of smallholder communities an urgent task for all humanity.


The Overall structure of the program will be divided between a full academic year – two semesters, with one whole day of courses per week- and a semester with Tevel b’Tzedek in Zambia.

The MA in Jewish Studies, is a 36 point (9 classes) degree. The MA is earned over two semesters at the University of Haifa (28 points) and a third semester abroad (8 points) in a Tevel b’Tzedek program. The Jewish Studies courses will explore topics relevant to Tevel b’Tzedek, including “Social Justice in the Hebrew Bible,” “Justice and Charity in Rabbinic Literature,” “Community and the ‘Other’ in Medieval Jewish History,” and “Jewish Esotericism: A Magical-Mystery Tour.” Suitable candidates may also take courses offered by the University of Haifa’s International Program  including the ‘MBA with Specialization in Sustainability,’ ‘Diplomacy Studies,’ and ‘Peace and Conflict Management.’

The Program in Zambia will be divided between a service element, and an academic curriculum.

Logistics and Costs

  • Scholarships (up to 4500$ off tuition) and Small grants for the semester in Zambia.
  • Hybrid study option (via Zoom for the academic part)


Further Details​


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