17 Rechov Brodetsky

(across from the Brodetsky dorms)

The Jeff Seidel Center for Overseas (OSP) Students

Please let us know if we can help you with anything. Feel free to call us any time.

Jeff Seidel Student Center
17 Rechov Brodetsky, Tel Aviv


*The Jeff Seidel’s Student Centers are in no way affiliated with Tel Aviv University and are not empowered to act and/or represent itself as acting on behalf of Tel Aviv University in any matter whatsoever.

Programs for Students at Tel Aviv University

We organize a wide range of programming for students studying abroad at Tel Aviv University, including guest speakers, lunch-and-learns, weekend trips, and Shabbat dinners with local families. We work to incorporate the true Israel experience with each student’s study abroad experience, exposing students to Israeli culture and Jewish life in Israel while helping them foster lifelong friendships with one another.

Weekly Lecture Series With Dinner

Weekly Lecture Series

Come listen to a wide variety of Jewish experts in their respective fields speak about their lives and their work. From soldiers to politicians, journalists to athletes, this is a unique opportunity to hear about the careers and lives of the Jewish leaders of Israel.
TAU Speakers

Men’s Dine & Learn

Men's Dine & Learn

Throughout the semester we arrange small group and one-on-one learning sessions on a variety of topics to give the students an opportunity to learn about Jewish concepts from Jewish texts.

Super Bowl Party

Super Bowl Party

Come root for your favorite team while enjoying all-you-can eat food and drink, on us!

Sushi Open House

Sushi Open House

Come kick off the semester with a sushi social! Meet our staff, get the lowdown on our social events, and meet other students studying abroad in Tel Aviv, all while enjoying sushi and drinks on us.

Women’s Leadership Programming With Dinner

Women’s Leadership Programming

This fellowship is a unique opportunity to learn about women’s issues in contemporary Judaism. Once per week, participants get together as a group, eat dinner (on us!), and discuss a different topic brought forth from the Torah and how it applies in the modern day.

The Poland Trip

Poland Mission Trip

Every spring semester we conduct a student trip to Poland for the overseas students studying at Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University and Ben Gurion University. Our student mission is led by one of the premier educators of Yad Vashem, Ms. Hazy Flint. This four-day trip of 36 students includes visiting concentration camps such as Treblinka, Majdanek & Auschwitz, and spending Shabbat is in Krakow. You will get to learn about the once-vibrant Jewish communities of Poland and how they were decimated by the Holocaust.
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Prague Trip

Prague Mission Trip

During the fall semester, we conduct a 3-day shabbaton in Prague for 26 overseas students studying at Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University and Ben Gurion University. This shabbaton will allow students to explore the Jewish historical sites such as the Maharal Synagogue and the Terezin (Theresienstadt) Concentration Camps, as well as the Prague Castle and the Charles Bridge.
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Italy Trip

Italy Student Mission

We conduct a 3-day shabbaton in Italy for 36 overseas students studying at Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University and Ben Gurion University. This shabbaton will allow students to learn about the history of Jews in Italy, interact with the thriving Jewish community there, and take in the famous landmarks of Venice and Rome.

Meet Our Staff

Akiva Gersh


Akiva Gersh is a Jewish and Israel Studies Educator and has been sharing his passion for Judaism and Israel with students of all ages since 2000.

Originally from New York, he moved to Israel in 2004 and from 2007-2020 taught Jewish History and Modern Israel to visiting groups at the Alexander Muss High School in Israel.

He has since taken his Israel education work online through his business @Israel, providing courses, classes and virtual tours of Israel for Jewish institutions throughout the U.S.

Akiva is also a contributing blogger at the Times of Israel and in 2017 published his first book, “Becoming Israeli”, about the experience of making aliyah and acclimating to life in Israel. He is also a musician and loves bringing music into any gathering. Akiva holds a BA in Religious Studies from Brown University and an MA in Jewish Education from Yeshiva University. He and his wife Tamar live in Pardes Hanna with their four children.


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Akiva Gersh