• Northern New Jersey

    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.

    Spend eight weeks living and interning in Tel Aviv. Work with an internship coordinator to develop a customized position at unique, innovative, and up-and-coming businesses and organizations.


    Applications for Onward Israel Northern New Jersey 2020 are closed.

    Intern four to five days a week alongside Israeli peers and immerse yourself in contemporary Israeli society. Take part in trips and experiences throughout Israel in order to learn more about the country. In your free time, explore Tel Aviv’s amazing nightlife, beaches, and culture with a cohort of other young adults from northern New Jersey.

    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 to find the internship best suited for them.

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

    Important Information

    June 10 – August 4, 2020

    $500 + cost of flights

    Cost includes housing, insurance, modest food stipend, transportation within city, and program costs.

    Participants are responsible for arranging their own flights.

    Participants will be required to submit a $250 participation and security deposit in cash upon arrival in Israel. 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, Masa Israel Journey, Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey and private donors.

    Northern New Jersey participants will live in a renovated building on Beit Hillel Street, located in Tel Aviv’s centrally-located Montefiore neighborhood. Participants will be a 10-minute walk from the famous Sarona market and neighborhood, as well as a 15-minute walk from the Tel Aviv Cinematheque, Rothschild Boulevard, Habima Square, and many of the internship locations.

    Accommodations are modern, co-op style dorm living, equipped with common areas for socializing, activities, and a large space for guest lecturers. There are communal kitchens on each floor where residents will be able to master the art of cooking local dishes, and a rooftop garden to hang out and relax in.

    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.

    Acceptance Criteria

    Open to students, ages 19-27, from the northern New Jersey community (Bergen, Hudson, and parts of Passaic and Morris County) or who are attending college in northern New Jersey.

    For students who have had at least one previous short-term Israel experience – Birthright or a teen travel program.

    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.

    Sample Internships

    -Deloitte Tel Aviv
    -Tel Aviv University Research Lab
    -Ichilov Hospital
    -Israeli Football League
    -Yawa Media
    -Lehamim Bakery
    -SPCA (The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)
    -Overstay Hostel

    For More Information

    Melina Rozenbaum, 201-820-3955, melinar@jfnnj.org

    Organizations That Make This Program Possible