Way More Than You Ever Imagined


Way More Israel is a program powered by Heritage House.  Heritage House was founded in 1985 by Rabbi Meir Schuster (OBM) to provide warm and comfortable accommodations for Jewish travelers on a budget in the heart of the Old City.  The Heritage House non-profit youth hostel provides Jewish young adults with the opportunity to explore Israel and Judaism in a home-like environment of mutual respect. Since its inception, over 60 000 guests from across the globe have made Heritage House their home in the Old City of Jerusalem.

WAY MORE ISRAEL was founded by the Heritage House as a way to come on an extended program in Israel.

We are an Internship program based in the Old City of Jerusalem We offer internships in yourfield of interest along with touring all over Israel, Hebrew immersion classes and Jewish exploration based in the Old City of Jerusalem just steps away from the Western Wall.

WMI runs 8 weeks winter and summer programs

  • Do not think twice!! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity!! Living in the old city of Jerusalem, (prime real estate, seriously) while getting an awesome internship and learning about life!! Such a memorable, valuable and incredible way to spend a summer!! I don't know why there aren't more programs like this!

    Rena Blatt WMI 2016
  • I have  staffed 19 Birthright trips and a few other   programs,  Way More Israel  truly captures all of the wants and desires of my past participants..it brings the   big highlights of Israel, touring, study, learning, and a deeper connection to the the land of Israel, our people and  heritage, …as well as Israel’s off-the-beaten-path charm.  I believe that the beauty of the land of Israel is  one of its greatest treasures. What makes THIS  program unique? It’s the  multi-faceted  experience with the perfect mix of informal education, an always laid-back atmosphere, and a spirit of adventure.  As  we  say on Wall Street, we have a winner here!!

    Steve Eisenberg Director/Co-founder of JICNY in NYC and Risk Arbitrage Specialist on Wall Street
  • My Way More Israel summer proved to be a transformative summer. I made amazing friends, I lived 20 steps from the two lions that are right by an entrance to the Kotel, and I had great classes with wonderful rabbis and teachers. The classes were great, but I always felt like I wanted more. These mornings were just a taste of the Jewish education I had never received. For only $350 (plus airfare) I was able live in the Old City, have an internship, and attend morning classes. It sounded too good to be true, but true it was!

    Olivia Burton WMI Participant 2015
  • For the last 30 years, Heritage House has been there for Jews travelling through Israel and looking to live in and experience Jerusalem, and the Old City  in particular. Their programs, like Way More Israel, provide a safe, insightful and comfortable way to spend extra time in Israel and give the participants a wonderful base from which to continue their journey. Check it out, you wont regret it.

    Jamie Cowland Founder/Director of Justifi (Jewish Social Action Destination Trips)
  • For me, the best part was meeting new friends, learning and growing with them through this experience. Gaining a better understanding of our Jewish identity and discovering common ground.

    Genna Radus, Toronto WMI Participant 2016



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