Hillel Onward Israel

Student on Hillel Onward Israel trip.

Register for Summer 2021 at www.onwardisrael.org

Onward Israel participants will be matched with internships that connect to their creative passion and offer real-world experience in unique fields. In addition to living in shared accommodations with other participating students, participants will explore Israel and experience living like a local!

Acceptance Criteria

Open to Jewish students on North American campuses who have had one previous short-term Israel experience- Birthright or a teen travel program.

Select Hillels offer Onward Israel programs for participants who study on their university campus. Learn more about these programs here: 

More opportunities for students from other campuses are available here. Priority will be given to students returning to campus.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.


"I found out about Onward through friends on my Poland trip, and decided to go on it. It has been one of the most amazing experiences of my entire life, and I am eternally grateful to the program. I not only have met so many great people and have traveled to incredible places, but I have learned so much about myself on this trip. This experience gave me the opportunity to learn stuff that just can't be taught in a classroom." — Jess, Hillel Onward Israel Participant 2016

"This summer Hillel Onward Israel gave me the opportunity to have the summer of a lifetime. Living and working in Tel Aviv was a crazy unique experience giving me skills and personal growth I have been able to use immediately back at school. I interned for Mesila, a branch of the Tel Aviv Municipality working to provide humanitarian aid to the Refugee and Asylum Seeker population in South Tel Aviv. I met amazing Israeli professionals at Mesila and got to work with really interesting children living in the Levinsky and Hatikva Market area. Outside of work, I loved to explore the city. Living around the corner from the beach and 5 minutes from the heart of the city, I got to see everything. I never thought I would feel like I knew a city outside of the US, but through my Onward Tel Aviv experience I definitely feel like Tel Aviv is now another home." — Lexi, Hillel Onward Israel Tel Aviv Summer 2017

For More Information

Email: onward@hillel.org     

This Onward Israel program is operated through a partnership between the Beacon and Shapira Foundations and other lead philanthropists, The Jewish Agency for Israel, and Hillel International. The programs offered by the above campuses are organized by The Israel Experience and Israel Global Travel.

Jewish Experiences - Hillel & Israel - Masa Israel Journey

In partnership with Masa Israel Journey, Hillel connects Jewish students to more than 200 opportunities for an immersive and life-changing 2-12 months in Israel. Masa offers a variety of 2-12 month study abroad, career development, volunteer, teaching fellowships and graduate degree programs.  

These immersive experiences in Israel create high-impact, deep experiences for students that foster meaningful, long-term relationships with Israel throughout their college years and beyond. 

To learn more about what Masa opportunities you are eligible for and to apply: http://join.masaisrael.org/masa-hillel-2021