Tichon Ramah Yerushalayim

TRY is a semester of study at Tichon Ramah Yerushalayim, the Ramah Jerusalem High School, a fully accredited international secondary school program. TRY offers 10th, 11th, and 12th graders two different opportunities to live and learn in the land of Israel:

TRY Classic (4 months)
TRYquarter (2 months)
USY HIGH (2 or 4 months)


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TRY Classic

For just over four months, TRYers experience every facet of the country. TRY students hike up Masada and down the Ramon Crater, bike through the desert and barbecue on the beach. They volunteer in community service projects, learn Hebrew intensively and undergo simulated army basic training. They participate in daily prayer and experience different synagogues each Shabbat in Jerusalem. They visit with friends and family, keep up a regular school schedule and spend a span of the Jewish calendar in a new and different atmosphere.

TRY students also visit Poland. Designed to incorporate into our studies the dual aspects of seeing the vibrant pulsating center of Jewish life and learning that was Poland pre-Shoah, and internalizing and memorializing the horrific planned annihilation of European Jewry prior to and during the Shoah, the trip will mesh perfectly with ICC.


This is an eight-week (academic quarter) option. Students participate fully in all that TRY offers for the two months they are with us, and receive credit for the quarter. The program is open to 10th-12th graders, and is especially suited to seniors who want to spend part of their final semester having an amazing learning experience in Israel prior to returning for graduation. TRY Quarter participants return to their home schools in the middle of the semester. There is an option for TRY Quarter students to apply to transfer into the TRY classic track, thereby staying through the entire spring semester.



USY High is a partnership between USY and Tichon Ramah Yerushalayim (TRY), where 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students make Jerusalem their home for either two or four months as participants in a fully accredited academic program within a setting of joyful Conservative Jewish living. Students are provided with a continuation of their required and elective courses, as well as an outstanding program in Israeli and Jewish history. And college admissions officers consistently report that they view a semester abroad during high school as an impressive experience demonstrating independence and initiative.

USY HIGH students  benefit from being full participants on TRY, while also being  exposed to additional learning and leadership opportunities with a trained and experienced USY HIGH educator.

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