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Academic Programs


We offer college-aged and graduate students a chance to join us on a variety of programs within local communities, volunteering alongside passionate non-profit groups. We specifically design these programs as a way for students to apply what they have learned in the classroom to real world scenarios, resulting in a learning experience that will stay with them long after the program has ended. Hillel and other campus professionals can plan fully immersive alternative breaks that bring their students face-to-face with local communities and involve them in meaningful service work.

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2022-2023 Programs:

Service Corps

Spend this winter break in Israel doing meaningful work with Arab communities in the North of Israel. During this 4 week community-based service program, you will volunteer alongside Druze young adults in different Druze communities. This is a unique opportunity to get to know the Druze community, learn/practice Arabic, gain experience working with children and learn about community-based social change work in Israel. 

This program is built together with Horizons for the Future and will include Israeli Druze youth and young adults who will join together with international volunteers in support of local community initiatives. This program will be based in the Carmiel area and include 30 volunteers - 20 international and 10 Israeli volunteers. 

Program Dates: TBD

Onward Israel Social Justice and Community Services gives young adults the opportunity to live and intern in one of Israel’s most diverse cities and to be a part of the rich diversity that exists in Israeli society while gaining professional development skills in the field of community-based social action and change. 

The Social Justice and Community Services program is an 8-week internship program based in the mixed and multicultural city of Haifa.


Come spend 8 weeks exploring the many political, social, economic, and cultural challenges that exist within Israel. In the form of an internship, you will join NGOs, non-profit organizations, private companies, and government institutions that are working on shared society and community-action-related projects on a daily basis. Develop an understanding of the complexity of Israel from within, while making a difference, gaining professional experience, and exploring Israel on your own terms.


Program Dates: June 14 – August 8, 2023

Learn more and apply at Onward Israel's website

UC Berkeley Global Internship

Yahel and UC Berkeley are partnering for a summer internship and service-learning program in Haifa through the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies! Students will get the unique opportunity to work in public-sector internships, advancing equality for Haifa’s diverse population while learning about social challenges and social change efforts from some of Israel’s best known activists. Additionally, students will receive academic credit via an online course through U.C Berkeley and an onsite course on Law and Social Change in Israel.  This is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn first-hand about social issues in Israel while exploring Israel’s complexities and living abroad in multicultural Haifa!

This program is open to all college students in the US. Funding is available to any US undergraduate student for up to $5,000 USD.

Program Dates: June 19, 2023 – August 11, 2023

Learn more and apply at Berkeley's study abroad website 

Yahel and Rutgers School of Social Work are partnering for an academic-credit summer program in the Ramat Eliyahu neighborhood of Rishon LeZion! Social work students will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through supervised placements such as working with the elderly in support groups, special-needs schools, and a program for adults with mental and physical disabilities. Additionally, students will be exposed to Israel’s toughest social challenges, while traveling around the country to meet with marginalized communities and social change makers.  Students will receive field practicum credit or elective credit upon completion of the program. 

Accommodation: Apartments provided by Yahel Israel in the Ramat Eliyahu neighborhood of Rishon LeZion. 

Program Dates: July 4, 2023 – July 28, 2023

Learn more and apply at the Rutgers Global website.  

Yahel provided me with a new perspective of community and the importance of having a diverse community. Even though each fellow had a different experience we had a shared experience of being in the program and being able to share in some of the life moments with one another.

Felecia Chatman

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