• OU-JLIC Summer in Jerusalem at TVA

    The OU-JLIC summer in Jerusalem at TVA program is an amazing opportunity for college students to live, learn and work in Jerusalem. Join us as we create an exciting social and religious summer community in Jerusalem! Come intern during the day and learn Torah at night. Be a part of our beit midrash program at Bnei Akiva’s Torah V’avodah (TVA) campus. This program is designed for students who want to combine their internship with high-level serious Torah learning.


    Early bird applications will close December 18, 2023, and regular applications will close January 4, 2024.

    Who: Religious college students ages 19-23, both men and women
    *Please see below for full eligibility requirements

    When: Wednesday, June 19 – Wednesday, Aug 7, 2024

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

    Cost: Early bird rate is $1,250 (apply before December 18, 2023) and regular program rate is $1,500 (apply before applications close on January 4, 2024).

    OU-JLIC Summer in Jerusalem at TVA (SIJ) Birthright Israel Onward offers a professional internship during the day (4-5 days per week) and a vibrant evening program offering a full array of teachers, social events and learning opportunities.

    ~OU-JLIC Directors will be directing the program.
    ~Spend the summer at the Midreshet Torah v’Avodah campus in the Katamon neighborhood of Jerusalem.
    ~Vibrant Beit Midrash: there is a focus on both chevruta learning and shiurim on a variety of topics with amazing teachers from TVA, OU-JLIC and all across Israel and America. The learning program is accessible for people of all learning backgrounds and skill levels.
    ~Internship program designed to build your resume and develop work skills. Our professional internship team will find you a great summer internship!
    ~Fun social programming to explore Jerusalem and build community.
    ~The remote portion of the program allows participants to reflect on their summer learning about how to bring what they have learned onto their campuses through different speakers and educators. 

    The program includes:
    ~Housing (including WiFi, AC, and kitchen)
    ~Health insurance
    ~Professional and personalized internship placement 4-5 days per week in the field of your choice
    ~Educational staff and programming
    ~Trips exploring Israel
    ~Shabbat Meals and Programming
    ~Occasional weeknight dinners
    ~Rav Kav – Bus pass to get around Jerusalem

    This Birthright Israel Onward program is operated through the philanthropic support of leading North American Foundations through the Birthright Israel Foundation, the Government of Israel and the Jewish Agency, along with Orthodox Union – JLIC. It is organized by Orthodox Union – JLIC. For more information about participating in a long-term Masa program after Birthright Israel Onward and the potential impact on future Masa grants, view our FAQ here.

    Important Information

    Participants will be required to submit a $400 security deposit in advance via credit card. Charges will not be made if participants complete the program in good standing.

    Participants are responsible for the cost of flights, food, and phone coverage. To learn about this and other Birthright Israel Onward program details, please visit our FAQ.

    *Participants are encouraged to purchase flights with a good refund policy or flight insurance. Birthright Israel Onward is not responsible for the cost of flights should the program be cancelled. Note, participants will be given their expected address approximately two weeks before the program begins, if not earlier.

    *Scholarships to help offset the program cost may be available to for those who need additional assistance and meet Birthright Israel Onwards’s eligibility criteria. For more information, contact Birthright Israel Onward or your local partner professional. 

    Accommodations: Apartment at Midreshet Torah v’Avodah campus in the Katamon neighborhood of Jerusalem.

    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 Birthright Israel Onward housing can vary from program to program, all housing units meet Birthright Israel Onward standards. To learn more about this and other Birthright Israel Onward housing details, please visit our housing FAQ.

    Acceptance Criteria

    • Applicants must be at least one full year post-high school at the start of the program
    • Must be Jewish (please refer to our FAQ for more information)
    • Fluent in English
    • Have a valid Passport for at least 6 months after the program end date
    • Please note: If you wish to participate in a 10-day Birthright Israel trip, consider doing so prior to an Onward program. You will not be able to participate on Birthright Israel trip after participating on Onward. Additionally, participants are not allowed to participate in more than one Birthright Israel Onward program.

    Please click here to review the application process

    Internship opportunities include the following fields*: 
    Business development
    Law related internship
    Medicinal related internship
    Working with vulnerable populations
    *Internship opportunities will depend highly on past experience and resume of each individual participant.

    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 STEM, Finance, Law, and Medicine please click here for some important information regarding placements: 

    For More Information Contact:
    Yonina Rosenthal
    Yonina@oujlicsummer.org or visit oujlicsummer.org

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