Israel Engagement Fellowship

Calling all 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. Graduate with the knowledgeexperience, and confidence to engage with and advocate for Israel in a meaningful way on college campus and beyond.

Are you a future leader?

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

Are you interested in strengthening your connection to Israel?

The Israel Engagement Fellowship is just what you are looking for! Participants will explores the special relationship between the American Jewish community and the State of Israel.

During the free eight-part seminar, you will:

  • Gain leadership and conflict resolution skills while learning how to impact change
  • Discover the many facets of Israel and explore the centrality of Israel in Jewish history
  • Examine the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and learn from differing narratives
  • Develop a uniquely personal Israel story

Location, Dates, & Times for Winter/Spring 2021 Cohorts:

  • Congregation B’nai Tzedek
    5:00 - 6:15 PM
    Sundays: 1/31, 2/7, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, & 3/28
  • Capital Camps
    6:00 - 7:15 PM
    Tuesdays: 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, & 3/23
  • B’nai Israel Congregation
    6:00 - 7:15 PM
    Wednesdays: 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, & 3/24
  • Beth Sholom Congregation
    5:00 - 6:15 PM
    Sundays: 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, & 5/9

Application Deadline: Tuesday, January 26

Select this link to apply now for the Winter/Spring 2021 IEF Cohorts.

If you have questions about the Fall, 2020 cohort, please email Adam Odesser.

Participation is open to any 10th - 12th grader regardless of synagogue membership/affiliation. The Winter/Spring, 2021 semester is done in partnership with Congregation B'nai Tzedek, Capital Camps, B'nai Israel Congregation, and Beth Sholom Congregation.


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.

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.