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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. Onward Israel continues to require all participants to be vaccinated* to participate in an Onward Israel Program this summer. Although the Government of Israel allows all foreign nationals to enter regardless of vaccination status, we are requiring vaccinations in order to provide a safe and secure environment for all participants. *Vaccinated, for the purposes of Onward Israel programs, is defined as vaccinated with 2 Doses of a WHO recognized vaccine (or 1 Johnson & Johnson) and 14 days or more have passed since the date of the second dose, not including the day of vaccination; or: vaccinated with a booster dose and 14 days or more have passed since the date of the vaccination, not including the day of vaccination. For more information on entry and isolation requirements, please refer to your relevant program page below or for any questions, please contact Click here for more information.

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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