• South Palm Beach

    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.

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    At this time, we have reached capacity and are only acceptng applications for spots on the waitlist.

    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.

    *Please visit our Covid-19 Response for the most up to date information regarding vaccination requirements and entry into Israel.*

    This Onward Israel – Masa program is operated through a partnership between the Beacon and Shapira Foundations and other leading philanthropists, the Birthright Israel Foundation and Masa Israel Journey. For more information about participating in a longer term Masa program after Onward Israel and the potential impact of participating in Onward Israel on future Masa grants view our FAQ here.

    Important Information

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

    Dates
    Wednesday, June 7 – Tuesday, August 1, 2023

    Participants MUST be available to participate for the entire length of the program.

    If for public health or security related reasons the program cannot take place in Israel, Onward Israel will make efforts to conduct the program remotely. Click here to review our FAQ, including information on remote programs regarding internships, programming and more.

    Program Cost
    $800

    The program cost includes housing, educational program, program staff, medical insurance, partial laundry provisions, and ground transportation within the city of residence. In addition, participants will be required to submit a $400 security deposit in advance via credit card. Deposits will be refunded at the end of the program pending good standing.

    All participants are responsible for the cost and arrangement of their own flights and spending money upon arrival in Israel (including for food). Participants should not purchase flights until approximately one month before the program begins and are encouraged to purchase flights with a good refund policy or flight insurance. Onward Israel is not responsible for the cost of flights should the program be cancelled or shifted to be remote. Note, participants will be told approximately a month or two before the program begins their expected arrival and departure times.

    Applicants participating in Birthright Israel trips ahead of an Onward Israel program must join their group on the first day of their Onward Israel program. Applicants will be responsible for their own accommodations if there is a gap between Birthright Israel and Onward Israel programs.

    The actual cost of the Onward Israel program is much higher, and is subsidized up to 70% by Birthright  Israel, private donors, 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, contact Onward Israel or your local partner professional.

    Accommodations
    Apartment, hostel, hotel, or dorm-style housing in Tel Aviv.

    The number of participants to an apartment or room is dependent on the size of the accommodations and number of participants on the program. Though Onward Israel housing can vary from program to program, it generally meets basic Onward Israel standards. To learn more about this and other Onward Israel housing details, please visit our housing FAQ.

    Acceptance Criteria

    -Applicants must go to school in, and/or have a permanent address* in the Boca Raton, Delray Beach, and Highland Beach area
    -Applicants between 19-30 years old (or at least one full year post-high school at the start of the program)
    – Be Jewish (please refer to our FAQ for more information)
    – Applicants must NOT have spent 3 or more consecutive months in Israel after high school (this includes semester abroad, gap year, or any other MASA or Onward Israel program)
    –  Must meet Masa Israel Journey Eligibility criteria (click here to review), including not having received Masa funding towards participation on a previous program. Note, Alumni of Onward Israel and Masa Israel Journey programs are typically not eligible to participate on a second Onward Israel program. In a small number of cases it might be possible for alumni of both initiatives and those who do not meet Masa Israel Journey criteria to participate (individuals can check with Onward Israel staff on a case by case basis), but program subsidies will be significantly lower and therefore the program fee will be higher.
    -Fluent in English
    -Have a valid Passport (must be valid for at least 6 months after the program end date)
    -Previous participation in Birthright Israel is encouraged but not required
    -Onward Israel alumni are not eligible for Birthright Israel trips. If you wish to participate in a 7- or 10-day Birthright Israel trip, consider participating in a Birthright Israel trip prior to an Onward Israel program.
    *In order to qualify under “Permanent Address,” students must live at the address while not in school. Please note: Grandparent, extended family, or family-friend addresses do not qualify. Proof of address will be required.

    Please click here to review the application process. Note: there could be slight differences between programs.

    Sample Internships:*
    In the past, South Palm Beach Onward participants have interned in a variety of fields from business, 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. 

    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! 

    Applicants interested in internships in the fields of Engineering, STEM, Green Energy, Computer Science, Finance, Law and Medicine please click here for some important information regarding placements:

    Contact
    Betsy Lampert
    Planning Associate, Planning & Allocations
    Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach
    BetsyL@bocafed.org


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