The shnat sign up process can be long and confusing. Here is a step by step guide to help you on your way to Shnat 21!
Each participant is required to register with MASA. In doing so, you will automatically receive a $200USD grant. In the program drop-down menu, select 'Shnat Hagshama'. There is a $50 registration fee that you will get back at the conclusion of the shnat program.
*Note: it is very important to select the correct program when registering with MASA
Flight information will be released at a later date.
The AZYC portal is linked below.
Please email Meg at firstname.lastname@example.org once you have completed registration for AZYC.
All Shnat sign-ups go through the Australian Zionist Youth Council. The majority of forms are available through the AZYC portal.
Click below to access the relevant documents:
If the participant is considered ‘Israeli’ according to the criteria outlined below then they are required under Israeli law to enter Israel on an Israeli passport and hold a valid Israeli Army Exemption. Failure to do so can result in the participant being detained and questioned in Israel upon arrival/departure and may face other more serious consequences.
A participant is considered ‘Israeli’ if they meet one or more of the following criteria:
1) They were born in Israel
2) One or both parents were born in Israel, or at some stage in their lives made Aliyah
3) The participant holds an Israeli passport
4) The participant has previously made Aliyah
It is the participant or their parents’ responsibility to contact the Consular Department of the Israeli Embassy in Canberra to confirm their Israeli status and organise their Israeli passport and Army Exemption. Please note this is a law of the Israeli Government and there are no exceptions to the rule.
PLEASE NOTE: It can take up to 3 months to process an Israeli Army Exemption. You should make arrangements with the Israel Embassy in Canberra regarding these matters before August 2019.
The Israeli Embassy in Canberra
Phone: 02 6215 4510
All chanichim will require a police check in order to volunteer in Israel. Please apply for a Volunteer Police Clearance by clicking on the link below.
The purpose of the check is number 37 from the drop down menu.
The clearance costs AUD$42
Get the document sent to your home address, scan it and email to
You will still need to apply for a Police Clearance if you have a Working with Children Check
Habonim Dror believes that every child should have the opportunity to experience the Shnat program. It is, however, a large expense, and together with you, we can work to find viable solutions to securing funds for this program. Below are the steps you need take if you need to seek financial assistance.
Masa Israel Journey is a joint initiative by the Government of Israel and the Jewish Agency for Israel with the aim of making long-term Israel programs more affordable by providing universal grants and means-tested scholarships to those going on Masa Israel Programs.
There are two types of subsidies available. The first being the Universal Grant of $US200. This is rewarded to all Masa participants who go on a long-term Israel program including Shnat. It is rewarded to every applicant regardless of financial standing.
In addition, there is a means-tested scholarship you can apply for to receive extra funding up to US$6,500. The scholarship amount allocated is dependent on each applicant’s financial situation
Attached is a document which outlines in detail the process for applying for means-tested scholarships
Jewish Care - VIC only
Shnat participants are eligible for Jewish Care Empower Loans under the Jewish Identity Loan (Travel) category. The loan is interest-free and has a cap of $10,000.
Loans are interest-free and undergo a serviceability assessment (ability to repay) based on the clients’ individual/family circumstances. Any loan of $10,000 requires 2 guarantors.
A guarantor can be a family or non-family member, however, must be financially independent of the borrower and the other guarantor.
Contact Jewish Care’s Front Door on 8517-5999 where you will be asked some brief screening questions and will then be forwarded to a lending relationship officer.
If all paperwork is in order following an assessment, the loan will be presented to Jewish Care’s volunteer loan allocation committee who approves, declines or requests more information from you.
Meetings are held monthly.
Due to the somewhat complicated nature of this process, please apply for this loan ASAP. You do not need to wait for MASA approval.
Millie Phillips Jewish Educational Fund - NSW only
The Millie Phillips Jewish Education Fund is run by the Jewish Communal Appeal which offers extra financial assistance (up to $5000) for those wanting to go on a gap year program to Israel.
If you would like to apply for this fund you must have also applied for a scholarship from MASA and received a response. Therefore if you require funding from Millie Phillips you must apply for MASA immediately. Once you have received a response from MASA and are interested in receiving additional help from the Millie Phillips fund please contact me. Applications for Millie Phillips scholarships open later in the year.
Habonim Dror Financial Assistance
If after exploring (and applying to) all the relevant options above additional financial assistance is still required, Habonim Dror Australia can allow for an extended payment plan, where the remaining costs of Shnat can be paid over a 2-3 year period, rather than the standard 13 months.
Please contact Nick Gerstel at or 0411 478 571
SIM Cards and Phones
All chanichim will require a working mobile phone and Israeli SIM card when in Israel. The AZYC is providing phone plans through Talk n Save which we highly recommend.
Please apply for a Talk N Save SIM Card by clicking on the link below.
More information will be provided on this once the website is up and running! It is currently under construction
For any form that requires an address in Israel, please use:
1 Hayasmin st.
Ramat Gan 5296000