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

For over twenty three years, Kedma has been working 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 volunteer program

Kedma’s Volunteer Program for seminary students enables gap year students to give back in a meaningful way by partnering with non-profit organizations and schools. For 2019-20, Kedma will be working with students from Midreshet Moriah, Midreshet Torah V’Avodah, Midreshet Eshel, and Ba’er Miriam

kedma cohort program

Kedma’s new program will work with a select group of gap year students from seminaries all over Israel, who share a passion for volunteerism and are interested in giving back beyond their schools’ weekly chesed time. This group will develop their interest in volunteering by taking service learning trips, hearing from super-givers, and by being introduced to different resources in Israeli society.


The Kedma-YU Inter-Seminary Choir Competition is a hallowed tradition for gap-year students. In preparation for the competition, students spend weeks investing in their creativity by developing programs rich with song, dance, and design that are related to the theme of gemillut chasadim. Additionally, this competition fosters the building of an inter-seminary community by bringing together over 1500 women.