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    1st of October 2019

    Looking Onward: Summer ’19 – Bigger & Better

    Beware of Spoilers In the previous issue of Looking Onward, I was proud to update regarding the growth in applicants and participants in 2019- the seventh consecutive year of such expansion. Certainly making the Onward Israel opportunity available to growing numbers of eligible young people is one of our chief strategic objectives. It is not […]


    7th of August 2019

    6 Lessons Learned When Spending Time Away From Home: ​Israel Edition

    by Julia Cordover, Onward Israel University of Florida, Summer 2019 Let life take you on a (camel) ride and don’t let the humps stop you from   having an enjoyable experience. Hello & Shalom!    It was an opportunity for me to better myself. To genuinely learn about  the basic things of life we (students) […]


    17th of July 2019

    The FutureIL was Now

    by Ilan Wanger After months of planning, outreach and preparation, the first ever FutureIL Job and Opportunity Fair took place in Tel Aviv on June 24 with the attendance of 2750 young people- participants from Onward Israel, Masa programs, new immigrant programs and internationals living, working and studying in Tel Aviv. The event featured job […]


    17th of July 2019

    Not Just a Summer Internship Program

    by Ilan Wagner Certainly, the internship is at the heart of the Onward Israel Experience for most participants. But to say that Onward Israel is only an internship program is a bit reductionist. Last weekend for example nearly 700 participants took place in a wide variety of educational activities within the framework of Onward Israel’s […]


    17th of July 2019

    The Results Are In

    by Ilan Wagner Now that the dust has settled (until the next Hamsin that is…), I can offer an overall assessment of Onward Israel Summer 2019, our biggest year ever (until now at least). 6300 young people applied for an Onward Israel program in 2019, up 9% from 2018, resulting in 2811 participants, a growth […]


    30th of May 2019

    The Growth of the Campus Initiative

    Two years ago, after consultations with our funders and partners, Onward Israel partnered  with Hillel on an exciting new program line: the campus initiative. Several insights inspired this direction: many prospective participants go to school outside of large Federation catchment areas; 90% of Onward Israel participants are on campus as they come on the program: […]


    30th of May 2019

    Future IL is almost Present

    In previous updates I have written about the Future IL Job and Opportunity Fair. The purpose of Future IL is to foster the connections between young Internationals (among them of course our Onward Israel participants) and Israeli companies, with a lead goal to mutually expose these two groups to future employment opportunities. We know how […]


    30th of May 2019

    The First Ever Onward Israel Hackathon

    Several months ago, the Onward Israel staff suggested that we stage a Hackathon for Onward Israel participants. After a few short months, a partner was identified, Impact Labs, and intensive planning began. The Hackathon was integrated into the menu of choices offered to  participants for their Breakout Seminars and a brief marketing campaign was launched. […]


    30th of May 2019

    Summer 2019 Begins

    Our very first program of the summer has begun, with the arrival of the first cohort of the Camp Counselor program. This small group is the harbinger of the main section of this program who will arrive a week later. Representing eleven different camps, these forty eight participants (the largest cohort ever), will return directly […]


    4th of April 2019

    Looking Onward: Our 8th Summer Taking Shape

    As the elections in Israel draw closer and the first blossoms of spring begin to add color to Israel’s beautiful landscape, I wanted to take this opportunity to feature some highlights of our largest ever winter season and to give an advance taste of what we hope will be an equally exciting summer. And I […]