• Pittsburgh

    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.

    On Pittsburgh Onward Israel, participants will develop their professional skills and build their resume thorough high-level internships while living in Tel Aviv, the cultural capital of Israel.


    Applications for Onward Israel Pittsburgh 2020 are closed.

    This 8-week Tel Aviv based program places participants in an internship based on their skills, interests, and future plans.  On top of interning, participants will have the opportunity to learn and experience what it means to live in Israel.  Spend quality time at the beach, with your Israeli coworkers, and explore the Tel Aviv nightlife and culture.  In addition, participants will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in contemporary Israeli society through breakout seminars, evening activities, Israel touring days and more.  Participants will also spend a weekend with the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Partnership2Gether communities of Karmiel and Misgav in the Central Galilee and a weekend program run by Onward Israel to meet participants from other programs.

    Tel Aviv is  filled with amazing restaurants, a vibrant arts scene, and an exciting nightlife, so much so that this beach town often feels like paradise.  Culture buffs will also love its abundant world-class museums, theaters, galleries, and orchestras.   

    Important Information

    June 1 – July 26, 2020


    Cost includes housing, insurance, modest food stipend (intended to cover approximately two meals a day), ground transportation and program costs.

    All participants are responsible for cost of and 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, private donors, Masa Israel Journey, and local Jewish communities and institutions.

    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

    Onward Israel Pittsburgh is for Jewish students and graduates ages 19 to 27 who live or attend university in Greater Pittsburgh and 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.  

    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.

    The number of participants to an apartment or room is dependent on the size of the accommodations and the number of participants on the program.   

    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.

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

    For More Information

    Isaac Minkoff, isaacM@hilleljuc.org

    Organizations That Make This Program Possible