The Jewish Federation of Cincinnati—in partnership with The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati and the Jewish Agency for Israel—will once again offer summer internships in Tel Aviv through Onward Israel. This eight-week program, June 10–August 6, is designed as a follow-up peer experience for young adults who have already traveled to Israel. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students, ages 19-26, who are originally from Cincinnati.
The students will work closely with an Onward Israel coordinator to find internships in their fields of study, with the goal of benefiting their future careers by gaining experience in the areas where Israel has a global competitive edge.
Cincinnati participated in Onward Israel for the first time this past summer, sending a group of 24 young adults to join more than 1,000 others from around the world.
“I had the opportunity to go to Israeli schools and teach Israeli kids baseball for the first time in their lives, and I helped out the National Team as they prepared for the European Championships in Slovenia,” said Onward Israel participant Aaron Goldhoff, a University of Arizona student who interned at the Israel Association of Baseball. “It felt like I was truly helping to do something good for one of the first times in my life.”
Onward Israel interns live in newly constructed single studio apartments in a student village at the University of Tel Aviv. They work four days a week, with one day of group education and most weekends available for independent travel. Cincinnatians will spend one weekend living with host families in Netanya, our community's partnership city in Israel. In addition, students can take advantage of optional enrichment activities, including intensive Hebrew classes.
“My experience in Israel was nothing short of amazing,” said University of Southern California student Aaron Frankel, who interned at a consulting firm for high-tech and life-science startups. “Actually living in Israel, and being on my own, with some great people from Cincinnati, has really let me see a different side of Israel.”
Program, travel, and living costs will be 100% covered for Cincinnati participants who are eligible for a Cincy Journeys Israel Grant, funded by the Jewish Foundation and administered by the Jewish Federation. This unique partnership enables hundreds of young adults to travel to Israel every year with the most generous grants program in the country. Additional funding for Onward Israel is provided by the Jewish Agency for Israel.
Back (L-R): Jordan Della Bella, Justin Kirschner, Jake LaFrance, Daniel Valentini, Micah Slaton, David Mintz, Daniel Roth
Middle: Aaron Frankel, Michelle Glazer, Max Wildenhaus, AJ Goldhoff, Ari Shifman, Chad Chessin, Jeremy Dock, Noah Zelkind
Front: Emily Gilgoff, Shira Spiegel, Eli Goldweber, Sylvie Hayes-Wallace, Tessa Rothfeld, Nikki Fisher, Liora Bachrach, Nikki Cohen, Abby Liebowitz, Sarah Deutsch