Are you ready to know Israel like an insider? Do you want real-world professional, resume-building experience? Would you like a life-changing summer of innovation, fun and adventure? And all for $400 plus airfare?
YES, you say? Well, you can have it all with Onward Israel, an eight-week summer internship program abroad. Have questions? We’ve got answers.
1. WHAT IS ONWARD ISRAEL?
Onward Israel is a highly-subsidized travel and internship opportunity for Jewish young adults. Our Jewish Federation has partnered with Onward Israel to send a crew from Philly to live in the city of Be’er Sheva — Israel’s Silicon Valley — and be matched with meaningful internships that connect each student to their field of interest while giving them an authentic Israel experience.
2. WHO IS QUALIFIED TO APPLY?
Onward Israel is for Jewish young adults ages 19 to 27 living or attending college in the Greater Philadelphia, who have also already had a short-term Israel experience, like Birthright Israel. Many participants choose to attend Onward Israel at the tail end of their Birthright trips.
3. HOW CAN IT BE SO INEXPENSIVE? AND WHAT DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE?
Right!? You pay only a fraction of the actual cost. The rest is subsidized by Onward Israel, private donors and local Jewish institutions like ours. The $400 price tag includes housing, room and board (most participants get modest food stipends), laundry services, transportation for activities and programs, educational programming, insurance and program and staff supervision. It does NOT include spending money, additional weekend travel, or an Israeli SIM card or cell phone.
4. IS THIS A RELIGIOUS PROGRAM?
Onward Israel welcomes participants from all Jewish backgrounds and is not specifically a religious program, although there are opportunities to explore your Jewish identity and your relationship to your heritage.
5. WHAT’S MY COMMITMENT AFTER THE PROGRAM TO ONWARD ISRAEL?
We and Onward Israel hope that your connection with Israel will deepen, and that when you return, you become more involved in Jewish life in whatever way feels right for you. To that end, we hold a couple of post-internship activities and get-togethers, including one session talking about post-program engagement with the Jewish communities.