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Program Details

Dates: June 20-August 14 2018

Cost: $400

What’s included? Housing, insurance, modest food stipend, ground transportation and program costs. All participants are responsible for cost of and arranging their own flights.

Accommodations: Apartments or dorm-style housing in Be’er Sheva

Participants will be required to submit a $200 participation and security deposit in cash upon arrival in Israel. Deposits will be refunded at the end of the program, pending good standing.


This program is open to young adults aged 19-27,

  • who live or attend University in Greater Philadelphia

  • who have been to Israel at least once before on Birthright or another short term Israel experience 

  • who have NOT participated on another Onward Israel or MASA program


Admission is conducted on a rolling basis. Applications will close on March 15, 2018 or earlier if the program fills.



  • Sunday – Internship

  • Monday – Internship

  • Tuesday – Internship + Evening Group Meeting

  • Wednesday –  Israel Seminar Day - Travel with your group to experience Israel culturally and historically on a more in-depth level.

  • Thursday - Internship

  • Friday – Free Day

  • Saturday – Free Day


*Participants will also take part in mandatory orientation and closing sessions, a group Shabbaton during the first weekend of the program and at least one weekend-long overnight Onward Israel seminar. Participants will be able to sign up for their preferred Onward Israel weekend seminar - seminars will vary in dates, topics and locations. Itinerary subject to change.



Additional Information


  • In order to ensure a timely placement process, please make sure to respond to all emails from your placement coordinator within 24 hours.

  • Internship dress code – casual work clothes.

  • Internships take place 4 days a week, for approximately 7.5 hours a day.

  • Your participation at your internship on all internship days is MANDATORY.


  • Participation on all educational programming is MANDATORY.

  • An orientation and closing session will be held as part of the program. The orientation will familiarize you with your surroundings and provide you with all the information you need to have a great summer! The closing session will help you process your summer and allow for us to gather feedback and learn from our program participants.

  • Four educational days and four evening workshops will be held during the program. These programs will enrich your Israel experience and provide you with unique and exciting programming.

  • The first weekend during the program will be dedicated to a group Shabbaton, to be held in the apartments. This weekend will give you the opportunity to meet your fellow program peers and get you settled into your surroundings.

  • Onward Israel is organizing a series of exciting weekend retreats, covering different topics and geographical regions in Israel. You are required to sign up for and attend one Onward Israel Seminar this summer. You will receive an email from Onward to register for a seminar once the summer approaches.




This Onward Israel program is operated through a partnership between the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, the Beacon and Shapira Foundations, and other leading philanthropists alongside The Jewish Agency for Israel and is organized by Israel Experts.


If you have questions about your eligibility or for more information about this program, please contact Anat,

Onward Israel Philadelphia helps young adults jumpstart their professional and Jewish futures through immersive, resume-building internships and educational travel in Israel. Together with the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, Onward will provide  participants a chance to connect with Israel and the Philadelphia Jewish community in unique, fun and meaningful ways while acquiring real-world, professionally relevant experience.


Onward Israel participants will also get to travel around Israel as a group and individually, getting to know the country, its culture, politics and landscape, intimately.

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