• New York

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have unfortunately chosen to cancel this Onward Israel program for summer 2020. To receive information for the summer 2021 season, please visit www.onwardisrael.org/prereg.

    Build your resume through a high-level internship based on your skills, interests and future plans.


    Applications for Onward Israel New York 2020 are closed.

    Intern 4-5 days a week, and immerse yourself in contemporary Israeli society through the Israel Seminar Days, group activities, with a cohort of other young adults from New York City, a weekend seminar with participants from other Onward Israel programs and more. The Israel seminar days 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.

    Important Information

    Track 1:  June 3 – July 28 (25 people) 

    Track 2:  June 10 – August 4 (50 participants split between two cohorts)

    Track 3:  June 17 – August 11 (25 people)

    Program Cost
    Program cost includes housing, insurance, modest food stipend, ground transportation and program costs.

    All participants are responsible for cost of and arranging their own flights.

    Participants will be required to submit a $300 cash upon arrival as a participation and security deposit.  Deposits will be refunded at the end of the program pending good standing.

    The actual cost of the Onward Israel – Masa program is much higher, and is subsidized up to 70% by Onward Israel, private donors, Masa Israel Journey, and local Jewish communities and institutions. Participants are responsible for arranging their own flights.

    Masa-eligible participants in programs which are part of the Onward/Masa partnership may qualify for additional scholarships. For more information, call Onward Israel or your local partner professional.

    Participants on Onward Israel – Masa programs may return to Israel on long-term Masa programs after Onward Israel. They may also be eligible for additional scholarships from Masa to help fund their participation, although the size of that scholarship may be influenced by prior participation on Onward Israel. For details, please contact Masa Israel Journey directly at masainfo@masaisrael.org.

    Acceptance Criteria

    Applicants must be on campus in the five boroughs of New York City, Long Island, or Westchester or a have a permanent address in any of these locations.

    Students must have been to Israel before on Birthright or a similar short-term trip.  Students that have spent more than three months living, participating on an organized trip, or gap year are ineligible.


    This summer, participants will live in brand new apartment-style dorms on the Tel Aviv University campus in Ramat Aviv, an upscale neighborhood of Tel Aviv, in the same complex as other Onward Israel participants and Israeli students.  Ramat Aviv is where former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir lived for the last years of her life, and today boasts both the famous Museum of the Jewish People as well as one of Israel’s fanciest shopping malls.  It is approximately a 20-25 minute bus ride (with no traffic) from the center of Tel Aviv, and a short ride to the beach and the port where the best night-life options Tel Aviv has to offer can be found, or dorm-style housing in the Tel Aviv area.

    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 program and even within a program. To learn more about this and other Onward Israel housing details, please visit our housing FAQ.

    This Onward Israel – Masa program is operated through a partnership between the Beacon and Shapira Foundations and other leading philanthropists, The Jewish Agency for Israel, the Government of Israel, and Masa Israel Journey.  It is organized by Young Judaea.


    Contact Eliana Rohrig at elianar@onwardisrael.org

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