What is I-Connect?

I-Connect provides young adults in Cleveland with opportunities to experience Israel in whatever way you choose — programs that last 10 days, two months, or one year — deepening your connection to Israeli life and culture and changing your life forever, for the better.


Connect with your Jewish identity

Boost your resumé

Volunteer

Have a (low cost) adventure abroad

Learn Hebrew

Advance your career

Personal & professional development

Immerse yourself in Israeli culture

Expand your network, both in the U.S. and Israel

Tour Israel with Birthright

Birthright is a free 10-day trip to explore Israel’s most remarkable tourist destinations and beyond with fellow Jewish Cleveland young adults. Spend your time hiking the rugged sites of Masada, strolling Ben Yehuda Street in downtown Jerusalem, and experiencing Tel Aviv’s cosmopolitan lifestyle.

Over 750,000 participants have taken part in this life-changing experience!

Now, it's your turn!

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Birthright

Jewish Cleveland young adults, ages 22 – 26
10-day trip to explore Israel’s most remarkable tourist destinations
Spend your days traveling across Israel, from Masada to Jerusalem to Cleveland’s sister city of Beit Shean
Summer Program
June 12 - 22, 2022
Free
Cleveland Birthright Israel
Contact:

Jack Fuchsman
jfuchsman@jewishcleveland.org

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Build your resumé with Onward Israel

Onward Israel is an eight-week summer internship program that provides college students and recent graduates with a meaningful internship in the field of their dreams. Plus, immerse yourself in Israeli culture, experience Tel Aviv’s vibrant nightlife and beautiful beaches, and learn about important issues facing Israeli society today.

Read past participants' experiences on Onward Israel

Onward Israel

Jewish college students and recent graduates, from or currently living in the Greater Cleveland area, with priority given to rising juniors and seniors.
June 9 – August 3, 2022
Eight-week summer internship in your field of interest
Live like a local in the heart of Tel Aviv
Applications for Summer 2022 now open.
$550 + airfare
Elle Henig
Cleveland Onward Israel
Contact:

Elle Henig
ehenig@jewishcleveland.org
216-593-2899

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Discover your passion
with Masa Israel Gap Semester or Year

Masa Israel’s Gap Year fills the gap between high school and college with new life experiences. You will feel part of the fabric of the Israeli community – traveling with new friends to destination spots in the city, sipping coffee in the cafes, hiking trails in the mountains, and buying local ingredients from the market.

Travel to a part of the world where your Jewish community is warm, welcoming, and waiting for you!

Your Gap Year program awaits

Gap Year

College-bound high school graduates
Acquire a global perspective and venture into independent living, while having an incredible Israel experience
Programs are offered across Israel, from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv
Semester or year-long programs
Dates and cost vary per program
Eligible participants will qualify for a Masa grant
Elle Henig
Cleveland Masa
Contact:

Elle Henig
ehenig@jewishcleveland.org
216-593-2899

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Live & learn like a local
with Masa Israel Study Abroad

Masa Israel’s Study Abroad Programs provide academic opportunities in your specific field of study at one of Israel’s distinguished universities. Take in the culture and become part of a global Jewish community. With more than 150 programs available, it’s easy to find the right one for you!

Return home with an impressive, international experience, a great education, and a lifelong social and professional network.

Study Abroad

College students, ages 19 – 35
Study at one of Israel’s elite universities’ undergraduate or graduate programs
Diverse programming is available, from dance to international politics, at campuses across Israel
Semester or year-long academic study
Dates and cost vary per program
Eligible participants will qualify for a Masa grant
Elle Henig
Cleveland Masa
Contact:

Elle Henig
ehenig@jewishcleveland.org
216-593-2899

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Jumpstart your career
with Masa Israel Post-College

Masa Israel’s Post-College programs give recent college grads and young professionals a competitive edge against fellow job seekers. Boost your resumé while living and working in Israel, a country known for its global leadership in the arts, science, and technology.

Be part of the innovation through an internship experience tailored to your timeline and talents.

Masa Israel Teaching Fellows is a 10-month fellowship for college graduates who want to make a difference. Teach English while immersing yourself in Israeli society and become an integral member of the city in which you live, teach, and volunteer.

Fellows can work in cities across Israel, but there’s no place quite like Beit Shean – Cleveland’s sister city – that’s known for its warm, friendly, and diverse community.

Post-College

College graduates, ages 22 – 35
Work an entry-level job with a leading Israeli company or volunteer to make a difference in the lives of others
Programs are offered across Israel, from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv to Israel’s periphery cities
5 – 10 month programs in your field of interest
Dates and cost vary per program
Eligible participants will qualify for a Masa grant
Elle Henig
Cleveland Masa
Contact:

Elle Henig
ehenig@jewishcleveland.org
216-593-2899

Visit the website
Fill out an interest form