Israel Engagement Fellowship

Calling all Northern Virginia 10th - 12th Graders!**

Explore the trends on college campus and how Israel fits into broader conversations. Participate in activities, learn the importance of building allies and coalitions to impact change, and gain dialogue skills while practicing active listening.

Are you a future leader?

Are you interested in learning from peers and mentors with differing ideas, opinions, and narratives?

Are you looking for a unique addition to your college application?

The Israel Engagement Fellowship is just what you are looking for!

During this free eight-part seminar, you will:

  • Gain leadership and conflict resolution skills while learning the importance of building allies and coalitions to impact change
  • Examine the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
  • Explore trends, how Israel fits into broader conversations in person and on social media, and how to respond to misinformation
  • Graduate with the knowledge, experience, and confidence to engage with and advocate for Israel in your own meaningful way on your college campus and beyond
  • Develop a uniquely personal Israel story

Location, Dates, & Times for Fall, 2021 Cohorts:

  1. In person at Congregation Olam Tikvah in Fairfax, VA
    Sundays at 4:00 PM on October 3, 17, 24, November 7, 14, 21, and December 5, & 12
    Depending on the status of the COVID pandemic in the Fairfax area, this class may be moved online at any point. Notice will be provided in advance should the cohort need to move online.
  2. Online via zoom
    Sundays at 5:00 PM on October 3, 17, 24, November 7, 14, 21, and December 5, & 12
    A minimum of 15 registrants is required to ensure this option will take place.

Select this link to apply now for the Fall 2021 IEF Cohort.

Application deadline is Monday, September 27.

Participation is open to any 10th - 12th grader regardless of synagogue membership/affiliation. The Fall, 2021 semester is done in partnership with Congregation Olam Tikvah


Contact Adam Odesser at

The Israel Engagement Fellowship was created in partnership with The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

The program is free for participants and is funded by a generous contribution from The Margo and Yoram Cohen Family, the Jewish Community Relations Council, and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

**Maryland and DC students are invited to participate in the Spring, 2022 cohort. More information will be available in November. 

About the Israel Engagement Fellowship

The goal of the Israel Engagement Fellowship is to ensure that Greater Washington area high school students are connecting with Israel in an authentic way, receiving Israel education, and learning how to engage with and advocate for Israel in a way that makes sense for them as they move on to college campuses. Participants in the fellowship benefit from a space to ask tough questions, role play complex scenarios they may face on campus, and learn relational advocacy concepts and resources from dynamic speakers.

Participants meet for eight sessions participating in hands on activities learning how to design and execute a campaign, the importance of building allies and coalitions to impact change, and will gain dialogue skills while practicing active listening. The final session is a celebration honoring the students' achievement which takes place at the Embassy of Israel. At the conclusion of the course will graduate with the knowledge, experience, and confidence to engage with and advocate for Israel in a meaningful way on college campus and beyond.

As of 2019, more than 300 college bound students have graduated from the IEF program through 8 cohorts. Their diverse backgrounds represent every stream of Judaism - Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist - and more than 44 different area high schools. Each of the fellows has walked away from the course with a deeper appreciation for the unique relationship that American Jews have with a place as special and significant to our people as Israel.

Learn more about the impact the IEF has had on the graduates by reading a speech given by IEF alumna Sarah Sachar: Advocating for Israel in the Next Generation.