• OU-JLIC Summer in Jerusalem

    The OU-JLIC summer in Jerusalem 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.


    Applications for this program have closed. Use our Program Finder to find another Onward Israel program this summer. 

    Who: College students ages 19-23, both men and women
    When: In Israel: June 22 – August 16, 2022
    Participants MUST be available to participate for the entire length of the program.
    Cost: $850 Early Bird (application received by January 15, 2022). $1050 Regular
    *$50 Application Fee

    If for public heath or security related reasons the program cannot take place in Israel, Onward Israel will make efforts to conduct the program remotely. Please note, if this happens, it will affect the types of internships available. Participants who do not wish to participate on an entirely remote program will be permitted to withdraw and receive a full refund for their program fee, within a week of the decision for the program to be conducted remotely. If a program is cancelled completely due to heath or safety conditions in Israel, participants will be able to receive a full refund of their program fee.

    OU-JLIC Summer in Jerusalem (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.

    ~Dorit and Ariel Coehn (OU-JLIC Directors at Brandeis) 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

    Before applying, please ensure you read our COVID-19 Response to understand the current entry requirements and other important information. Please be aware as you review our Covid-19 Response page that your program is considered a non-Masa program.

    This Onward Israel program is operated through a partnership between the Beacon and Shapira Foundations and other leading philanthropists and The Jewish Agency for Israel. Beginning in 2022, Onward Israel will merge with Birthright Israel and will operate as a division within Birthright Israel.

    Important Information

    Admission is rolling. Applications will close in March or earlier if the program fills.

    Note, there is a chance that health/safety conditions will require us to implement a quarantine period upon arrival in Israel for some or all participants. There is also a chance that the program will shift to entirely remote if travel is further restricted. For more information, visit our FAQ responding to COVID-19.

    Participants will be required to submit a $300 security deposit online via credit card. Deposits will be refunded at the end of the program pending good standing.

    *If this becomes a remote program, the program cost will change to reflect this shift in expenses. The program cost will then be $150 and the difference will be refunded.

    The actual cost of the Onward Israel program is much higher, and is subsidized up to 70% by Onward Israel, private donors, and local Jewish communities and institutions.

    There will be a group flight for SIJ participants leaving from EWR to TLV on June 21, 2022 and departing from TLV to EWR on August 16, 2022. OU-JLIC will book a flight for each participant.

    *Please note if you live within driving distance of EWR, the responsibility will be on the participants themselves to get to and from EWR. If you will need to fly into EWR, we will work with each student individually to accommodate you.

    More information about the group flight will be available upon request.

    Midreshet Torah V’avodah in Katamon, 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. While meeting common standards, Onward Israel housing differs by and within each program. 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
    ~Identify as Jewish
    ~Fluent in English
    ~ Have a valid Passport (passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the program finishes)
    ~Previous participation in Taglit-Birthright Israel is encouraged but not required
    ~Participants must be shabbat and kashrut observant

    Sample Internships
    ~Intern at a Startup Hub
    ~Emergency Medicine
    ~Software Developer
    ~Physical Therapy
    ~Assistant to Knesset Member
    ~Analyst Apprentice

    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!

    *In the event that the program needs to shift to be entirely remote, there could be additional limitations on the types of internship placements available. Participants will be asked to be flexible under these circumstances and Onward Israel is committed to making sure participants still have a professional and positive work experience.

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

    Remote Internship Opportunities
    Participants will be paired with an Israeli company or organization and assigned work projects to complete over the course of the program. It is expected that participants complete their work projects during the designated dates of the program and fully participate in all required enrichment and education activities. Note that there could be a shift in the type of work conducted after transitioning from remote work to in person. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding as even within a specific field, the nature of your work will change throughout the program.

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

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