About Onward Israel

When you grow, so do your opportunities. Global experience gives you that extra competitive edge. Our programs take you Onward - personally and professionally - and allow you an authentic taste of modern day Israel while gaining experience and knowledge through an internship opportunity. Onward Israel is designed with the beginning in mind: The beginning of your success story. Start up your future in Israel.  

A majority of our programs are Onward Israel - Masa programs, carried out in partnership with Masa Israel Journey. First established in 2012 as a program of the Jewish Agency for Israel, Onward Israel is now an independent U.S. based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It operates in Israel as Onward Israel Internships and Opportunities Ltd. It is a partnership between lead philanthropists and foundations, Jewish communities and organizations from around the world, and continues its collaboration with the Jewish Agency.  

For general inquiries about our program and non-emergency matters related to current Onward Israel participants, please call 212-339-6941 or contacts us by email at inquiries@onwardisrael.org. We will do our best to be as responsive as possible.

For EMERGENCIES regarding current Onward Israel participants, please call our Help Line at 212-339-6945. Please visit this page to be updated on our ongoing Coronavirus policy.

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 2019.


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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