Caravan for Democracy Student Leadership Mission to Israel
*Application deadline is June 26, 2023
December 27, 2023 - January 7, 2024
The Caravan for Democracy (CFD) mission is to facilitate constructive dialogue about Israel and the Middle East on college campuses across America by giving non-Jewish student leaders a unique opportunity to experience Israel firsthand. CFD allows participants to see Israel's history, contributions to the world, its vibrant democracy, and commitment to peace in the region. This is achieved by learning from diverse speakers, exploring the land, and creating productive and respectful discourse with peers. The program expects participants to ask questions and be challenged during the trip in order for them to return to campus with the self-confidence to share their experience as well as advocate for thoughtful and factually correct dialogue about Israel and the Middle East at their respective schools.
VISIT • LEARN • ENGAGE
The Caravan for Democracy Student Leadership Mission is a 10-day, fully subsidized educational program for student leaders beyond the Jewish faith who have never been to Israel before. This unique mission provides students with the opportunity to explore the Jewish and democratic country of Israel through meetings with political, cultural, and community leaders from diverse backgrounds and faiths.
Caravan for Democracy is interested in student leaders on college campus who are excited about expanding their worldview and experiencing Israel firsthand. Leadership is not limited to student government; applicants and alumni have held positions in many different types of organizations including, but not limited to, entrepreneurs, Greek life, environmentalism, social action, minority groups, journalism, LGBTQ+ groups, and more.
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Participants are selected through a competitive application and interview process. Those selected will be required to participate in pre-mission webinars in the fall semester and facilitate follow up campus activities in the spring semester. JNF covers transportation to and from Israel, accommodations, most meals, and all excursions. Participants are responsible for their own domestic transportation to and from the New York City area. Flights will be departing from John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Please Note: Dates are tentative and subject to change.
- Applicants must NOT have visited Israel before.
- Applicants must hold quantifiable leadership roles on campus and in their community.
- Applicants must be full-time college sophomores or juniors at the time of travel.
- Completed applications must include detailed answers, resume, profile picture, and two (2) reference letters.
- Reference letters may come from faculty, administrators, employers, community leaders, and student leaders. Please submit reference letters to [email protected] with the subject line: Caravan For Democracy Reference
- Finalists selected will be required to participate in a video call interview.
For more information, please contact Rene Reinhard at [email protected] or 202.750.0095 x295.
Caravan for Democracy Committee Members:
World Chairman’s Council
JNF Boruchin Israel Education and Advocacy Center
Harley Feldberg, Paradise Valley, AZ
The Harvey Hertz Fund, Tampa, FL
The David and Linda Stein Family, Jacksonville, FL
Bernice Friedman, Las Vegas, NV
The Sam and Joan Ginsburg Charitable Fund, Westchester, NY
Ellen Holtzman, Philadelphia, PA
Amy Iles, New York, NY
Stacy and Scott Lewin, Atlanta, GA
The Milton and Beatrice Shapiro JNF Scholarship Fund, New York, NY
Nancy Siegel, Englewood, CO
Geraldine Shatz (z”l)
Susan and Barry Tatelman, Boston, MA
The Fromkin Family Foundation, Morganville, NJ
Stacy and Barry Kalmanson, Orlando, FL
Laura and Steve Salzer, Tampa, FL
Lauren and Nelson France, Fairfax, VA - JNFuture
Michael Jacobson, Atlanta, GA
David Levitt, Longmeadow, MA
Ben and Sally Lewensohn Foundation, Media, PA
David Pearlman, Tampa, FL
Evelyn and David Snyder Foundation, Lakewood Ranch, FL
Barbara Kalmus, Beverly Hills, CA
Michelle Locker, Studio City, CA
Susan Sommer, Atlanta, GA
David Soloway, Los Angeles, CA - JNFuture