Israel and Birthright
Taglit Birtright Israel - FREE 10 days trip to Israel
Who is eligible? All Jewish students between the age of 18 and 26 who have at least one Jewish parent or grandparent and have never been to Israel on an organized trip before, can go on the FREE 10-day Birthright Israel trip together with other Cleveland Hillel Jewish students this May 2013!
What is it?
Birthright is a totally free 10 day trip to Israel for young Jews who have never been on an organized trip to Israel before. We tour around this fascinating tiny country and see the heights of the desert fortress of Masada, float in the Dead Sea, be inspired at the Western Wall and remember the tragedy of the holocaust at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. We'll hike and swim in the beautiful north, go kayaking in the Jordan River, and see the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). We also get a chance to spend a night under the stars in Bedouin tents in the desert. Discover Israel, connect with Judaism in whatever way feels right and make friends who will last you a lifetime!
How do I sign up?
Masa program - Israel Journey
Masa Israel Journey offers young adults between the ages of 18 and 30 immersive, life-changing gap year, study abroad, post-college and volunteer experiences in Israel, connecting them to programs that meet their interests, offering scholarships, providing expertise, and supporting them throughout the entire process.
Masa Israel is a joint project of the Government of Israel and the Jewish Agency for Israel that is made possible by the generous contributions of the Jewish Federations of North America and Keren Hayesod-UIA.
For more details:
Study abroad - CWRU at Hebrew Uni.
The CWRU Jerusalem program partners with Hebrew University http://www.huji.ac.il/huji/eng/, a multidisciplinary institution of higher learning and research and a scientific center of international repute. The plan for this CWRU program features a course on Jerusalem, intensive language instruction in Hebrew, an internship experience that could possibly be turned into a SAGES capstone project, along with electives of the student's choice. CWRU Jerusalem will also offer a unique insight into Israeli life by pairing students with former Clevelanders and CWRU alumni living in Israel. Students will have ample opportunities to take advantage of rich cultural offerings inside and outside of classrooms.
For more info: http://www.case.edu/international/jerusalem/
Career Israel, the premiere internship program in Israel, enables you to boost your resume by gaining international work experience through a professional internship in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv. Through Career Israel, you can spend two months, five months, or ten months living in the heart of Tel Aviv or in Jerusalem, building your resume through an internship in your field and traveling around Israel with new friends from all over the world.
Each year we are fortunate to have an Israel Fellow on staff at Hillel. Our 2012-2013 Fellow is Lior Yafe, from Tel Aviv, who will represent Israel and be a resource for Israeli programming on campus. Lior will also be available to help students to travel to Israel for free on Taglit Birthright Trip or take part in internships and programs offered in Israel and will also be helping students to converse in Hebrew through Hebrew speaking club and special events.
Moreover, Cleveland Hillel Foundations sponsors many programs that educate and inform students about Israel. These include but are not limited to: Israel culture nights, Hebrew speaking table, Israeli movies, Israeli food events, science and technology, advocacy, speakers, forums, discussions, trivia and game night, Israel Independence Day celebrations and much more!
You can contact Lior here: [email protected]
Study or work abroad in Israel
There are a variety of opportunities available for studying, volunteering, learning Hebrew or getting a job or internship in Israel. For information about programs in Israel, be in touch with our Israel fellow by emailing [email protected]
For short-term (less than 5 months) options:
There are hundreds of opportunities available for short-term volunteering, studying, learning, interning, and much more. Below are a few links to programs.
Israel Travel Programs
Kibbutz living and Ulpan programs
Scholarships for Israel Programs: Various scholarships may be available for Israel programs from national organizations, organizations in your home town, or your local Hillel.
Want to keep up on the news and events happening in Israel? Here are a few great sites to check out:
Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Israel Tourism Ministry, North America