ZOA Leadership Mission

Registration for the 2017/2018 Winter trips is open! 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 7th, 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 [email protected] 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.

To learn more and apply, visit  www.campus.zoa.org/student-leadership-mission-to-israel/ or contact Penn State Israel Fellow, Alona Lipetz, at [email protected]