• 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.


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    Who: Religious college students ages 19-23, both men and women
    *Please see below for full eligibility requirements
    When: In Israel: Wed, June 14 – Tues, July 31, 2023
    Remote workshop: August 13-15, 2023
    Participants MUST be available to participate for the entire length of the program.
    Cost: $950 + $100 health insurance Early Bird (application received by December 22, 2022). $1,150 + $100 health insurance regular.
    *$50 application fee

    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.

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

    OU-JLIC Summer in Jerusalem at TVA (SIJ) Onward Israel 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 Onward Israel program is operated through a partnership between the Beacon and Shapira Foundations, the Birthright Israel Foundation, and other leading philanthropists.

    Important Information

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

    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.

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

    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 canceled 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. 

    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 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 be at least one full year post-high school at the start of the program
    ~Be Jewish (If you have questions about your Jewish eligibility please contact Yonina Rosenthal at yonina@oujlicsummer.org)
    ~Fluent in English
    ~ Have a valid Passport (passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the program finishes)
    ~Participants must be shabbat and kashrut observant
    ~Previous participation in Taglit-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.

    Note, Alumni of Onward Israel programs (even if they are Masa eligible) are typically not eligible to participate on a second Onward Israel program. In some cases this might be possible (alumni 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.

    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 Engineering, STEM, Green Energy, Computer Science, Finance, Sustainability, Law and Medicine please click here for some important information regarding placements:

    For More Information Contact:
    Atira Zeitchik
    Atiraz@oujlicsummer.org or visit oujlicsummer.org

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