A carnival-like atmosphere enveloped the area of the Sultan's Pool center in Jerusalem, as the youths watched a Kaperua show, and joined in with a hand drum and shofar musical group.
Ynetnews spoke to youths to get their take on their experiences.
"I chose to do Marva (IDF program), though when I started it, I questioned whether I was doing the right thing - I was bossed around by my commanders. Now I have no regrets and I think it was the best choice I made. After that, I lived in Bat Yam and volunteered for the community. I taught English to fourth graders from a pretty underprivileged area. I've been thrown into Israeli society. This has been amazing year, and I'm really sad to be leaving. I have gained a new appreciation for what Israel represents for the Jewish people."
Ronnie Ollo, 20, Montreal, Canada
"I took part in a year program to study abroad. I'm a student at Mcgill University, and now I am doing a year at Tel Aviv University. It has been amazing. This has changed my life. If you had asked me what my life priorities were before I did this, I would have given you a very different answer. I'm studying political science and my professor was a former Knesset Member. I've met some well educated people who know what they're talking about. I find it hard to leave or to book my flight home. I've been so amazed by my experience that it has opened my eyes to the possibility of living here. I would never have considered that before."
"I've been here for a year. I first came on the Taglit Birthright program. I feel like I've done the right thing, that I've come home. I live on a kibbutz where I learn Hebrew at an ulpan, as well as Israeli and Jewish culture and history. I would love to do the army. Although I miss my family back in India, this is where I really want to be."
Joanna: "I took part in a volunteer program. I've enjoyed it, and I'm thinking about making aliya.
Diego, 22, Uruguay
"I came to work in film in Tel Aviv. I am making aliya next December. I cam here a few months ago, and although there are a few problems here, I'm having a great time."
Josh, Michael and Ze'ev
Josh Avart, 19, Michael Feldman, 19, Maryland and, Ze'ev Marmorstein, 19, California, US
Josh: "We are here on a Young Judea program, where we have helped Ethiopian kids in Bat Yam. I'm really glad I was put in Bat Yam and not in Jerusalem because I feel its more real here, that I'm meeting real Israeli society. Its a side to Israel that I had not seen before.
Michael: "Volunteering has been really rewarding. I'm much more willing to come back, and I feel that I've made a difference.
Ze'ev: "I worked at Etgarim, teaching disabled kids and adults how to sail. This is a good way to spend time. If you're a Jew, take a few months and go to the Holy Land."