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Israel Resources 

There are plenty of ways to feel like you're in the holy land even when you're on campus! Get involved with one of our student-run Israel organizations or find out more about a free trip to Israel on Birthright. Questions? Email our Jewish Agency Israel Fellow, Waga Brok.​

Student Organizations

Illini Students Supporting Israel empowers the student body to improve the University of Illinois campus community. ISSI actively and publicly supports the state of Israel while promoting critical thinking and respectful dialogue on complex issues related to Israel.

For over three decades, Illini Public Affairs Committee (IlliniPAC) has strongly supported the U.S.-Israel relationship at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We do so by advocating for elected officials to support a strong U.S.-Israel alliance, educating the student body about the benefits of strong ties between the two nations, and engaging student leaders across campus to promote a pro-Israel environment at the University. 

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Programs in Israel

Birthright Israel is an innovative partnership between the Government of Israel, private philanthropists, and thousands of donors and Jewish communities around the world, including North American Jewish Federations through the Jewish Federations of North America, the Jewish Agency for Israel, and Keren Hayesod. Since 1999, more than 500,000 young adults from 60 countries have taken advantage of a Birthright Israel sponsored trip opportunity. Shorashim customizes experiences; we make it easy to find the perfect option for you! Our variety of departure dates, departure cities, and customizable program options cater your schedule, interests, and needs.

Masa Israel Journey is the leader in immersive international experiences in Israel for young adults (18-30). Our diverse portfolio of study abroad, internship, service learning, or Jewish studies programs help you grow—as a person, a professional, and a leader— while also developing a robust global professional network. Since its founding in 2004 by the Prime Minister's Office of the Government of Israel, together with The Jewish Agency for Israel, over 120,000 young people from more than 60 countries have participated in Masa Israel programs.

Onward Israel offers a competitive and attractive venue for young people seeking such experiences at affordable prices, and for time periods ranging from six to ten weeks. While meeting the individual needs of the participants and allowing them to advance their resumes, Onward Israel programs will also feature inspiring educational modules, with special attention dedicated to activism opportunities within local communities and institutions after program completion and to the development of a deeper un

Travel to Israel over winter or summer breaks for a crash course in Hebrew in Tel Aviv. Learn more about the program online at https://www.avivbertele.com/who-is-aviv.

Career Israel program is a summer and five-month professional internship program open to Jewish college/university graduates from all over the world. The program provides internship placements in leading companies and organizations in the private and public sectors in Israel in every field including law, medicine, media, economics, politics, public relations, education, social work, engineering, computer science, advertising, business and more. The program also includes accommodations, a Hebrew study program, tours and extracurricular enrichment activities. A professional internship in Israel is an impressive and prestigious addition to your resume and will enhance your future career development.

On Pathways Israel, you’ll tour Israel from North to South. In the lush, green Golan Heights, you’ll learn about the history of the State of Israel and understand Israel’s relationships with its neighbors. You’ll have quiet time for reflection in the Negev desert, where you’ll climb into the world’s largest crater of its kind. Experience the night life of Tel Aviv, take a dip in the Dead Sea, and explore the religious sites of Jerusalem – all in about two weeks of action-packed days! In the evenings, there is ample free time to hang out in Jerusalem or see family and friends.

Pardes is an open, co-ed and non-denominational Jewish learning community, based in Jerusalem and with programs worldwide. Students encounter and grapple with classic texts and traditions of Judaism, while exploring their relevance to today’s most pressing issues. Pardes empowers students with the knowledge and tools to take ownership of their Jewish experience.

Destination Israel programs help you experience a fantastic and meaningful journey in Israel. Our Israel programs include internships, volunteering and others. Use your passions and talents to inspire and to serve Israel. Through our long-term Israel programs and our short-term Israel programs, you can become part of the Israeli community; living among friends who share your adventurous spirit and desire to give. You can learn to speak Hebrew like a Sabra, explore Israel like never before, and make life-long friendships. Our most important goal is being able to create a meaningful and special experience in Israel for everyone, in every age group.

Alternative Winter Break is an incredible opportunity to volunteer in Israel and do something you would not do on an ordinary trip. Join JNF and other Jewish young adults, ages 18-30, for a week of community service in Southern Israel and connect to the land and people of Israel in a meaningful way.

Livnot offers an integrated Israel experience of volunteering, hiking, and community building that allows participants to explore themselves and connections to their Jewish roots and heritage. Livnot U’Lehibanot (Hebrew for “To Build and Be Built”) has been providing short term Israel programs for young Jewish adults and enhancing Israel and Diaspora communities for 35 years with over 7,000 alumni and 25,000 volunteers. Whether you are extending a Birthright trip or returning to Israel looking for a program where you can explore and challenge yourself, Livnot is the program for you. All of Livnot’s programs offer spectacular hikes and meaningful volunteering projects in northern Israel. Our learning sessions give participants the opportunity of exploring Judaism in a safe space, in the magical setting of Tzfat’s Old City, in the heart of the beautiful Galilee.

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Scholarship Opportunities 

The Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation provides need-based scholarships for college students and young adults (up to 28 years old) to participate in an approved Israel Experience program. The purpose of these scholarships is to strengthen Jewish identity and to nourish greater commitment to Israel and the Chicago Jewish community. 

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The Margie K. and Louis N. Cohen Center for Jewish Life

503 E. John St. Champaign, IL 61820

Tel 217-344-1328

Hours 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

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