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Caravan for Democracy College Student Leadership Mission to Israel


December 26, 2016 - January 6, 2017

December 28, 2016 - January 8, 2017

The Caravan for Democracy Student Leadership Mission is an extraordinary 10-day, all-expense paid educational program to Israel geared towards non-Jewish students who have never been to Israel before. This unique program provides the opportunity to explore Israel’s distinctive democracy through meetings with political, cultural and community leaders from all backgrounds and faiths. Participants for the mission are American students from colleges and universities in the United States who are significant leaders in student government, clubs, athletics or service activities and who will be sophomores, juniors or seniors.

Caravan for Democracy is a program of Jewish National Fund, whose goal is to facilitate constructive dialogue about Israel and the Middle East on college campuses across America. This program brings Israel to the forefront to address the country's unique contributions to the world, its vibrant democracy and its commitment to peace in the region.

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Participants are selected through a competitive application and interview process. Those selected will be required to participate in pre trip activities, as well as post trip follow up on their campuses regarding their experiences in Israel.

I feel privileged to have shared this experience with such unique and bright students from around the U.S…
Stephanie P., University of Alabama

“I am departing Israel a much more informed citizen of the global community...
Kolby L., University of Texas-Austin”


  • Applicants must have NOT spent time in Israel.
  • Applicants must exhibit notable student leadership and community service roles.
  • Applicants must be registered as a student for the full 2016-17 academic year (Fall and Spring semesters or Fall, Winter and Spring quarters).
  • Two faculty references, one for academics and one acquainted with your qualities as a student leader.
  • Finalists selected will be required to participate in video call interviews.
  • Applications are due Monday, June 13, 2016. No late applications will be accepted.

For more information please contact JNF Israel Advocacy & Education Department at 212.879.9305, x245 or

Please Note: Dates are tentative and subject to change.

Caravan for Democracy is generously supported by:
The David and Linda Stein Family
The Simon and Ethel Flegg Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Adam and Gila Millstein Family Foundation
The Milton and Beatrice Shapiro JNF Scholarship Fund
The David and Ruth Simon Family
The Sam and Joan Ginsburg Charitable Fund



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