U.S. Professors Prepare for Bridge-Building Mission to Israel

33 Participants to Take Part in Academic Exchange Exploring Israel’s History, Politics, Culture, and Economy


New York, NY: April 27 2022 – Following Jewish National Fund-USA’s (JNF-USA) MoU signing with the University of Arizona and Israel’s Arava region, JNF-USA is continuing to boost collaboration between Israeli and US institutions as 33 participants from universities and colleges across the U.S. prepare to travel to Israel on the 2022 Summer - May Faculty Fellowship Program.


Participants will take part on the trip (May 21, 2022 – June 3, 2022) where they will travel throughout Israel, meeting Israeli professors from their respective disciplines and with the same, or similar, research interests, all with the goal of developing collaborations, research projects, co-authoring articles, and establishing exchange programs between faculty and students. The tour, which more than 300 have already taken part in, is a fully-paid intensive program to Israel for full-time U.S.-based academics from a recognized university/learning institution. JNF-USA also runs the annual Caravan for Democracy Student leadership Mission to Israel, of which 80 college students will travel to Israel in May/June, the Summer Faculty Fellowship Program in Israel, and a host of other trips and missions. 


Faculty Members in Israel


Through the support of JNF-USA’s Boruchin Fund and individual donors, hundreds of professors and faculty members from universities and colleges across the nation have taken part in the annual Summer Faculty Fellowship Program in Israel. “The Faculty Fellowship program in Israel is a life changing experience that tantalizes all the senses,” said Professor Molina Walters, STEM Education, Arizona State University. “One sees the life of Israel, hears the history of Israel, tastes the flavors of Israel, smells the aromas of Israel and feels the heart of Israel.”


Participating US-based schools for this trip include:  Drexel University, Valparaiso University, Auburn University, Northwest State Community College, Rowan University, University of Central Florida, Arizona State University, New Mexico State University, California State University-Fresno, Boston University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University of Wisconsin, University of Mississippi, California State University-Fullerton, Bryant University, Virginia Tech, North Carolina Agricultural & Technology State University, University of Texas-El Paso, Michigan Technological University, Cleveland State University, University of Miami, Penn State University, Clemson University, Thomas Jefferson University, University of Georgia and University of Chicago.


“It has been a while since I’ve been so deeply challenged physically, academically and emotionally as the two weeks I spent experiencing Israel with the JNF Faculty Fellowship,” said recent participant and Animal and Poultry Sciences, Virginia Tech Professor Vitor Mercadante. “This is a truly transformative program and I will forever cherish the people I met and the moments I experienced in Israel.”


During the trip, the 33 participants will meet Israelis from all walks of life and hear from a variety of speakers. They will also be exposed to contemporary Israeli society, culture, historical sites, the people and the way of life in Israel.  The academics meet with professionals and experts involved in government, industry, education, media, and other sectors to understand the many facets of Israel's evolving national and international policies. Those who take part will gain a deeper awareness of Israel as a ‘start-up nation,’ its success in water innovation, and how the country addresses regional and global challenges.


To learn more about the universities and professors taking part in the 2022 Summer-May Faculty Fellowship Program in Israel or from prior years’, or to register for future programs, visit http://www.ff2israel.org/ or contact Rene Reinhard at 212.879.9305 ext. 235 or Eileen Wedeen at 212-439-7855.



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About Jewish National Fund-USA

JNF-USA is the leading philanthropic organization for Israel that supports critical environmental and nation-building activities in Israel’s north and south. Through its One Billion Dollar Roadmap for the Next Decade, JNF-USA is developing new communities in the Galilee and Negev, connecting the next generation to Israel, and creating infrastructure and programs that support ecology, individuals with special needs, and heritage site preservation.