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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 a few hundred dollars plus airfare?

YES, you say? Well, you can have it all with Onward Israel, a summer internship and travel 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 help anyone based in or going to school in Philly to participate in one of 12 “Theme Based Programs” ranging from finance to engineering to government.  Through Onward, you will be placed in a cohort with other like-minded individuals creating a unique opportunity to network and engage with peers in different sectors of a career field. Work and live in Israel while exploring what makes Israel a global influence in the field of your interest.

2. WHO IS QUALIFIED TO APPLY?

Onward Israel is for Jewish young adults ages 19 to 27 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. For those living or attending college in the Greater Philadelphia, there will be special programing and additional stipend funds available for those who participate.

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 price includes housing, a modest food stipend, laundry services, most transportation, 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.

6. HOW CAN I APPLY OR FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION?

Click here for more information, or contact us at onwardisrael@jewishphilly.org.