• South Palm Beach

    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.

    Have you been on Taglit-Birthright Israel or a teen summer program in Israel? Got a taste of Israel? Now it's time to go back with SPBC Onward Israel. Join our 8-week internship program in Tel Aviv - only $500 plus airfare!


    Applications for Onward Israel South Palm Beach 2020 are closed.

    Live, Learn, and Work in Tel Aviv

    • LIVE and immerse yourself in Israeli culture. Experience Tel Aviv’s vibrant nightlife, beautiful beaches, culture, and so much more!
    • LEARN about important issues facing Israel today.
    • WORK in a variety of fields based on your skills, interests, and future plans.

    This highly subsidized 8-week professional internship program allows Jewish young adults from our South Palm Beach community to live, intern, and connect in Tel Aviv, Israel. Beginning with an in-person pre-departure orientation and throughout the duration of the 8-week program, our cohort will have an opportunity to build meaningful relationships with one-another, our local community, and with Israel. In addition to a series of Israel seminar days offered throughout the summer, the program includes exciting evening activities, weekend retreats, and a special home-hospitality shabbaton experience in our partnership community, Zichron Yaakov.

    Important Information

    June 3 – July 28, 2020


    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 and additional spending money.

    ** Participants will be required to submit a $250 security deposit in cash upon arrival to 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, private donors, 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.

    *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

    The South Palm Beach Onward Israel program is open to young adults aged 19-27 that go to school in, and/or have a permanent address in the Boca Raton, Delray Beach, and Highland Beach area. The program is intended for eligible young adults who have had one previous short-term Israel experience including Birthright Israel or a teen travel program.

    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.

    South Palm Beach County participants will live together in apartments in small groups in Tel Aviv. While each bedroom is same gender (boys with boys, girls with girls), the apartments can be co-ed. Housing will include air-conditioning, Wi-Fi Internet service, basic furniture and kitchen supplies (cookware, silverware, dishware and glasses).

    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 Government of Israel, The Jewish Agency for Israel and Masa Israel Journey.  It is organized by Israel Experience.

    Sample Internships

    In the past, South Palm Beach Onward participants have interned in a variety of fields from business, marketing, high-tech, nonprofit, education and more! Our internship placement coordinator work one-on-one with each of the participants to find the best possible internship based on their individual goals.

    For More Information

    Melody DeSanto
    Senior Program Associate, Israel & Overseas
    Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County
    (561) 852-3239

    Organizations That Make This Program Possible