For general inquiries about our program and non-emergency matters related to current Onward Israel participants, contacts us by email at We will do our best to be as responsive as possible. For EMERGENCIES regarding current Onward Israel participants, please call our Help Line at 1-888-994-7723.

COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 developments are highly dynamic and continually subject to change based on the directives of the government of Israel and Ministry of Health.

At this time, only fully vaccinated individuals are allowed to enter Israel. Although there is considerable time until our summer programs begin, participants who wish to understand how this recent decision may affect their upcoming Onward Israel program can do so in the context of their application interviews. We will update this page accordingly, as new information becomes available as to how future programs, if at all, may be affected. For more information or any questions, please contact

Click here to see our COVID-19 Response for Masa Programs.
Click here to see our COVID-19 Response for Non-Masa Programs.

Impact at A glance

Since its inception, Onward Israel has employed rigorous pre and post-program evaluation, designed to empirically assess the program's impact. The results are clear: Onward Israel works.


Number of Onward Israel participants in its most recent cohort in 2021.


Number of Onward Israel participants in the first cohort in 2012.


Onward Israel alumni are 59% more likely to educate others about Israel than they were before their program.


Percent of Onward Israel participants that attended the same or more Israel and Jewish activities and events after returning home. Contrary to the general trend of declining engagement among college students.


Demand is high: there are three applicants for every available spot on an Onward Israel program

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