Student Leadership Mission to Israel

Students learned about the strategic importance of maintaing the Jordan Valley. They also learned about the economic benefit of Israel's control for both Jews and Arabs.

Registration for the 2017/2018 Winter trips will open on July 28th! This winter, the ZOA will host two (2) Student Leadership Missions to Israel. Both trips will start in Tel Aviv and will end in Jerusalem.

Trip (A) will commence on December 24th, 2017 and end on January 8th, 2018.

Trip (B) will commence on December 31st, 2017 and end on January 14th, 2018. 

The ZOA Student Leadership Mission to Israel is a fun and intense two weeks of education and advocacy training in Israel. Students will have the opportunity to travel throughout the Jewish state, including Jerusalem, Judea & Samaria, and many strategic border regions (Western Negev, Galilee, Jordan Valley, and Golan Heights).  Students will also meet with Knesset Members, journalists, policy experts, military experts, and much more. This trip is intended for students who are Israel activists on their campuses or are planning to become Israel activists in the near future. The trip will arm you with the facts and unique personal experiences you need to be a strong Zionist activist on campus.

Please view the sample itinerary for our student Israel trips. Please note that each itinerary is different, but this will give you a good idea of the programing on the trip.

By participating in this trip, you are committing to continue your Israel advocacy on campus after the trip and to work with ZOA Campus staff to bring Israel programming to your campus. Acceptances are given on a rolling basis, so applying early is strongly recommended. If you have any questions, please contact your ZOA Campus Coordinator.

The application process proceeds along the following steps:

  1. Fill out the application below.
  2. Once we receive your application, we may contact you for a video interview.
  3. If chosen, you will move on to a second video interview.
  4. In addition to the second video interview, we will require at least two recommendations. Examples of acceptable recommendations include professors, Hillel or Chabad directors, group faculty advisors, staff members of previous Israel trips, current or former employers, rabbis or other spiritual leaders, etc. Recommendations may NOT come from friends or family members. If chosen for this stage of the interview process, we will send you the form for the recommendations. The recommender must email the form directly to lbendavid@zoa.org with your name in the subject line.

***Note: Some of the questions below ask you about your views on certain issues. Please note that we do not accept students based on the views expressed in the answers. We ask these questions to get a better idea of your knowledge on the issues and your understanding of the region. We want to make sure you have a strong understanding of the region.

Summer 2017 Trip Application
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Last Name *
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First Name *
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Date of Birth *
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What college or university do you attend? *
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Email Address *
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Phone Number *
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When is your expected month and year of graduation? *
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Beginning in Fall 2017, how many semesters of undergraduate studies do you have left on your U.S. campus? *
Note: Please do NOT count the Spring 2017 semester. If you are on the quarter system, please indicate how many quarters you have left starting in Fall 2017. Also, please do not count any semesters or quarters you will be spending abroad.
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Campus Address *
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Home Address *
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Resume (Optional)
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We would like to know more about your academic status on campus. Please include your GPA, major (if decided), minor (if applicable), and relevant coursework. *
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Israel Advocacy Experience *
Please describe the extent of your involvement in Israel advocacy on campus and prior to college. Please include any clubs you are involved in, leadership positions you have held, events you have hosted, etc.
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Israel Travel Experience *
Please describe your prior travels to Israel. If you have been on an organized trip (i.e. Birthright, USY, NFTY, BBYO, NCSY, etc.), please include the name of the organization and rough dates of the trip. Previous experience in Israel is NOT a prerequisite for this trip.
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The following questions below ask you about your views on certain issues. Please note that we do not accept students based on the views expressed in the answers. We ask these questions to get a better idea of your knowledge of the issues and your understanding of the region. *
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In your opinion, what are the current prospects for peace between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs? *
Please keep your answer to around 250 words.
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What are your thoughts about a Palestinian state? *
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What are your thoughts on the idea that "settlements" (communities in Judea and Samaria) are an obstacle to peace? *
Please keep your answer to around 250 words.
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How much are you capable of contributing to the cost of your participation in the ZOA Student Leadership Mission to Israel? *
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Do you have any physical or mental health conditions that could affect or hinder your full participation on this trip? If yes, please explain below. *
We ask because the ZOA Student Leadership Mission to Israel consists of two weeks of long days that can be both mentally and physically exhausting. Please look through the sample itinerary linked above this application to decide whether you can fully participate in this program.
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Have you ever been convicted of a crime (felonies or misdemeanors)? If yes, please explain below. *
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I authorize the ZOA to conduct any background check, which, in the sole discretion of the ZOA, may be necessary. *
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It is our desire to maintain the highest standards and to expect the same from our trip participants. By completing this form, you understand and agree that ZOA has sole discretion to determine an applicant's suitability to participate in the Student Leadership Mission and maintains the exclusive right to accept or reject any applicant. *
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How did you hear about the ZOA Student Leadership Mission to Israel *
OPTIONAL: If you would like to be considered for the ZOA Campus Fellowship Program, please explain how you will help to facilitate bringing ZOA events to campus and what type of events you plan to host.
ZOA Campus Fellows receive a stipend of $1,000 upon completion of the fellowship. Fellows are required to host 4 ZOA events per academic year, 3 tabling opportunities with ZOA materials per semester, in addition to other duties. Please visit http://campus.zoa.org/events/paid-campus-fellowships/ for more information about this opportunity.
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