Creating a Community Based on the Joy of Giving


“Tzedakah and acts of kindness are the equivalent of all the mitzvot of the Torah.”

– Jerusalem Talmud, Pe’ah 1:1

Our mission

Kedma, which is in its twenty-third year, works with seminary students by creating programming that is both individually fulfilling and community building. Kedma enables gap year students to give back within Israeli society by partnering with schools and non-profits throughout Israel, thereby offering meaningful weekly volunteer activities as well as special service learning events throughout the year. Kedma’s programs are also a forum through which seminary students come together and form an inter-seminary community based on the joy of giving.

Our programs

Kedma seminary program

Kedma's chesed program for seminary students offers a variety of meaningful volunteer opportunities.

kedma cohort program

Kedma's new program for gap-year students to volunteer beyond their seminary's chesed time.


The Kedma-YU Inter-seminary Choir Competition is a hallowed tradition for gap-year students.