Adventure comes in all shapes and sizes. But we think the best kind of adventures let you give back while discovering something new. So, while a trip to Israel on its own might be filled with adventure: new (tasty!) foods, interesting people, exciting experiences, what if you added the opportunity to make a difference in the world, too?

That’s where the Conservative Yeshiva of United Synagogue, a place of Jewish study and exploration, and Skilled Volunteers for Israel, a volunteer placement organization come in. They’ve teamed up to provide a unique service-learning experience called (what else?) Volunteer & Study.

Open to college students and adults who want to enrich their knowledge and contribute their experience and skills to Israeli society, Volunteer & Study participants will spend half of each day learning Jewish texts at the Jerusalem-based Yeshiva (classes include Hebrew, Talmud, Jewish law, prayer, and Tanakh, a.k.a. the Hebrew Bible) and the other half volunteering with their choice of education, environment, community, and development nonprofit organizations. On top of all of that, participants will have the opportunity to explore Jerusalem’s ancient sites, its thriving culture and its delicious and diverse foods. Our guess? They’ll be pretty tired by the end of the day – but also exhilarated.

Interested? This summer’s program sessions will run from July 1-19 and July 22-August 9, 2012. Check one out…or, if you feel like an extra adventure, both!

Find more information at the Conservative Yeshiva’s website or Skilled Volunteers for Israel’s website.