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Summer Success for Onward Israel, A Growing Internship Program in Israel

“This summer, I have gotten to do what I love most in a fascinating and beautiful country, while learning and growing in ways I never could have expected.”

“This summer, I have gotten to do what I love most in a fascinating and beautiful country, while learning and growing in ways I never could have expected,” Lia, a 22-year-old from Virginia, said of her summer with Onward Israel. Lia is one of 1,084 Jews aged 18-30 to participate in Onward Israel last summer. Lia did an internship at EcoTraders through Onward Israel’s Green Energy initiative, where she worked with solar energy.

Onward provides participants with an immersive and transformative experience in Israel, through internships, service learning, academic courses and fellowships. The program began in 2012 with 265 participants. This year, 1350 are scheduled to arrive as program organizers work to increase the number of Birthright and teen programs alumni who return to Israel for a second visit.

Onward includes housing, board, educational program, insurance, and more, and life changing experiences.

Sam did his internship at Shaare Zedek Hospital’s emergency department in Jerusalem. Sam appreciated the exchange with his local supervisor, Shaul. “Shaul showed me extreme kindness and warmth and, almost daily, brought me into his office to share a cup of coffee and a conversation,” said Sam. “The barriers of age, culture and (as much as possible) language were traversed solely because we were Jews and he wanted to make me as comfortable as possible.”

Onward Israel has another 200-250 participants heading to Israel this winter, with more signing up all the time for next summer.

Onward Israel is made possible by a partnership between The Jewish Agency for Israel, lead philanthropists, Federations and Jewish organizations around the world. Onward facilitates meaningful six to ten week experiences in Israel for students and young adults.

To learn more about how you can join an Onward Israel program, click here.

29 Oct 2015 / 16 Heshvan 5776 0
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