The AZYC runs the Opening Seminar for all movement programmes in Israel. The 5 day seminar is designed to give the participants an introduction into what life is like in Israel and for participants to get to know each other.
In 2016, the program featured an evening activity in which the various movements presented their ideologies and answered questions, the participants spent the day at Ramat David visiting the combat F16 squadron. The excursion included a visit to the briefing room, a presentation about the squadron, unique squadron footage of the Iraq nuclear facility, round table discussions with the pilots and ground crew on similarities and differences between life in Israel and the Diaspora, and a close-up view of the jet.
The seminar includes an evening of a private performance in Yafo of Mayumana, an Israeli dance and rhythm troupe.
The final day of the seminar includes a visit to the Kotel and Machane Yehuda Market (“The Shuk”), with a special yachad shabbat (Shabbat celebration) at Ma’ale HaHamisha, a kibbutz outside of Jerusalem.