• OUJLIC Summer in Jerusalem

    Come live, learn and work this summer in Jerusalem!

    An amazing opportunity for college students to live, learn and work in Jerusalem. Join us as we create an exciting social and religious summer community in Jerusalem!


    Registration for this program has closed. Please visit our Theme Based and Hybrid Programs listing to find an open program and apply. 

    Who: Religious college students, both men and women.
    When: June 14 – August 4, 2021
    Cost: $750 Early Bird (application received by January 15, 2021). $950 Regular. You MUST be available to participate for the entire length of the program.

    JLIC Summer in Jerusalem (SIJ) Onward Israel offers a professional internship during the day (4-5 days per week) and a vibrant evening program offering a full array of teachers, social events and learning opportunities.

    ~Rabbi Isaac and Tal Attia (OUJLIC and Yavneh at Binghamton University) will be directing the program.
    ~Spend the summer at the Midreshet Torah v’Avodah campus in the Katamon neighborhood of Jerusalem.
    ~Vibrant Beit Midrash: there is a focus on both chevruta learning and shiurim on a variety of topics with amazing teachers from TVA, OUJLIC and all across Israel and America. The learning program is accessible for people of all learning backgrounds and skill levels.
    ~Internship program designed to build your resume and develop work skills. Our professional internship team will find you a great summer internship!
    ~One week in the Galilee volunteering with children, the environment, people with special needs, and minority communities with the JNF (see more details below). As part of our volunteering, each participant is responsible for raising a minimum of $1,150 from at least 5 unique donors for JNF’s Blueprint Negev Campaign. We will be working together as a group to fundraise for the projects we are going to be working on!
    ~Incredible weekend excursions across Israel.
    ~Fun social programming to explore Jerusalem and build community.

    The program includes
    ~Group flight direct from NYC (participants are responsible for the cost and arrangements of transportation to and from NYC)
    ~One-week service trip in the Galilee with JNF
    ~Housing (including WiFi, AC, and kitchen)
    ~Health insurance
    ~Professional and personalized internship placement 4-5 days per week in the field of your choice
    ~Educational staff and programming
    ~Trips exploring Israel
    ~Shabbat Meals and Programming
    ~Dinner 4 nights a week
    ~Rav Kav – Bus pass to get around Jerusalem

    This Onward Israel program is operated through a partnership between the Beacon and Shapira Foundations, the Jewish National Fund and other leading philanthropists and The Jewish Agency for Israel. Internships are organized by Tlalim.

    If health and safety conditions in Israel do not allow for the program to take place, the program will shift to being entirely remote. The decision will be made by approximately 2 months before the program begins. Please note, if this happens, it will affect the types of internships available. Participants who do not wish to participate in an entirely remote program will be permitted to withdraw and receive a full refund for their program fee.

    Important Information

    Admission is rolling. Applications will close in March or earlier if the program fills. Apply now!

    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.

    June 14 – August 4, 2021

    Program Cost
    $750 Early Bird (application received by January 15, 2021). $950 Regular.

    Participants will be required to submit a $300 security deposit submitted online via credit card. 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 transportation to and from NYC for the group flight to Israel.  Transport should not be booked 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 and the difference will be refunded.

    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.

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    Acceptance Criteria

    ~Applicants between 19-27 years old (or at least one full year post-high school at the start of the program)
    ~Identify as Jewish
    ~Fluent in English
    ~Previous participation in Taglit-Birthright Israel is encouraged but not required
    ~Participants must be shabbat and kashrut observant

    Apartment or dorm-style housing in Jerusalem. 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.

    Sample Internships
    Intern at a Startup Hub
    Emergency Medicine
    Software Developer
    Physical Therapy
    Assistant to Knesset Member
    News and New Media Fellow
    Analyst Apprentice

    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.

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