• Detroit

    Detroit Onward Israel offers young adults the opportunity to earn that extra edge and gain international work experience while living in the city of Tel Aviv, Israel’s cultural & economic center and one of the world’s leading cities for startups and innovation. Travel to Israel with fellow Metro-Detroiters to explore your professional interests, build your resume, and experience Israel like a local. Connect with Israel and the Detroit Jewish community in unique, fun and meaningful ways!


    Registration for this program has closed. Please visit our Pre-Registration page to be notified when new Onward Israel programs open for registration.

    Detroit Onward Israel helps young adults start up their professional and Jewish futures through immersive, resume-building internships and educational travel in Israel. Through the program, participants will connect with Israel and the Detroit Jewish community in unique, fun and meaningful ways while acquiring real-world, professional experience.

    This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to travel to Israel with fellow Metro-Detroiter’s, grow personally and professionally as you explore contemporary Israel, gain valuable work experience, and make new friends!

    An unforgettable Israel experience and an unforgettable resume, too. Develop your professional future in Israel this summer and build your resume through an internship based on your skills, interests and future. Intern four days a week and immerse yourself in Israeli society with a cohort of other Jewish Detroiters.

    Enjoy time visiting and being hosted at a home of an Israeli family in Detroit’s Partnership Region, the Central Galilee, a Home away from Home experience! Learn about the strong connection the people that live there have to Detroit through the impact of the Detroit Federation’s people to people programs .The Israel Now days, Chugim and Shabbatons will include visits to local NGOs and explorations of contemporary Israeli culture, environment, and politics.

    During your free time, explore Tel-Aviv’s exciting nightlife, beaches, foodie scene and culture. Enjoy a weekend with peers from around the world at an Onward Israel breakout seminar and explore all that Israel has to offer on free weekends.

    Join The Jewish Federation of Metro- Detroit’s Onward Israel program and have the summer of a lifetime!

    Important Information:

    Admission is rolling. Applications close on March 23, 2021. Apply now!

    If health and safety conditions allow. If not, the program will shift to being entirely remote. The decision will be made approximately two months before the program’s start date. Please note, if this happens, it will affect the types of internships available. Participants who do not wish to participate on an entirely remote program will be permitted to withdraw and receive a full refund for their program fee.

    This Onward Israel – Masa program is operated through a partnership between the Beacon and Shapira Foundations and other leading philanthropists and Masa Israel Journey. It is organized by Bina. Participants on Onward Israel programs that are run in partnership with Masa may return to Israel on long-term Masa programs after Onward Israel although the size of any potential scholarship may be influenced by prior participation on Onward Israel. For details please contact Masa Israel Journey directly.

    Important Information

    June 09 – August 3, 2021

    You MUST be available to participate for the entire length of the program.

    Note, there is a chance that health/safety conditions will require us to implement a 2 week quarantine upon arrival in Israel. There is also a chance that the program will shift to entirely remote if travel is restricted past a 2 week quarantine upon arrival. For more information, visit our FAQ responding to COVID-19.


    The program cost includes housing, medical insurance, a modest food stipend, and ground transportation. Participants will be required to submit $200 security deposit in cash or check upon arrival in Israel. Deposits will be refunded at the end of the program pending good standing.

    All participants are responsible for the cost of and arrangement of their own flights.  Participants should not purchase your flights until a decision has been made about the viability of the program. 

    *If this becomes a remote program, the program cost will change to reflect this shift in expenses. The program cost will then be $150.

    The actual cost of the Onward Israel program is much higher, and is subsidized up to 70% by Onward Israel, private donors, and local Jewish communities and institutions.

    Accommodations: Apartment or dorm-style housing in Tel Aviv.

    The number of participants to an apartment or room is dependent on the size of the accommodations and number of participants on the program. While meeting common standards, Onward Israel housing differs by and within each program. To learn more about this and other Onward Israel housing details, please visit our housing FAQ.

    Additional scholarships for those who require additional financial assistance are available on a limited basis. For more information, call Onward Israel or your local partner professional.

    *Before applying to Onward Israel, applicants should read through this full program page and the Onward Israel FAQ to understand program requirements and expectations, provisions (such as details regarding housing, educational commitment, etc.) and other important programmatic details.

    Acceptance Criteria

    Onward Israel Detroit is for Jewish students and graduates ages 19 to 27 with a permanent address in Metropolitan Detroit, with a preference for those that have been to Israel once before on Birthright Israel or another short-term program.

    To be eligible, participants must NOT have spent 3 or more months in Israel as part of an educational or peer-program (this includes semester abroad, gap year or any other Masa or Onward Israel programs).  Participants must be fluent in English. Previous participation in Taglit-Birthright Israel is encouraged for any eligible applicants, as participation in Onward Israel renders participants ineligible to participate in Birthright Israel thereafter. Want to go on Birthright Israel in May prior to Onward Israel starting? Contact Yoav Raban at raban@jfmd.org for more information.

    Sample Internships
    -Social Media and outreach internship with local NGO or non-profit
    -Business Development internship with social media start-up
    -Event coordination and promotion intern for management company
    -Public Relations internship with a museum
    Not sure what type of internship you are looking for or unsure if you can find it in Israel? Our internship coordinators work one-on-one with each participant!

    In the event that the program needs to shift to be entirely remote, there could be additional limitations on the types of internship placements available. Participants will be asked to be flexible under these circumstances and Onward Israel is committed to making sure participants still have a professional and positive work experience.


    Remote Internship Opportunities

    In the event that the program is shifted to remote, participants would be paired with an Israeli company or organization and assigned work projects to complete over the course of the program. It is expected that participants complete their work projects during the designated dates of the program and fully participate in all required enrichment activities. The type of work that participants would complete remotely might differ from what they would be doing in person. Additionally, some fields or internship types might not be available as hands-on work won’t be possible.

    Organizations That Make This Program Possible