The third year of the Ziegler program takes place in Israel (currently at the Conservative Yeshiva of the USCJ). The purpose of the year is fourfold:
- To expose the students to the Land, cultures, and peoples of Israel
- To continue to develop their text skills and Hebrew
- To reflect on the role of Israel in contemporary Jewish identity in general, and in their own consciousness and identity as individuals
These goals are not separate and distinct, but intertwine through the academic and nonacademic aspects of the year.