Go to Israel

Let us help you get to Israel! The Federation’s Israel Center has the resources and expertise to find and, in many cases, help pay for your Israel experience. Check out some of the more popular programs that we’ve listed here and try the “Find Your Israel Program” tool below. For more information, and for help finding your ideal Israel experience, contact our community shaliach, Noa Gerassi today.

Young Adults
For All Ages
Find Your Israel Program (interactive tool)


Teen Mifgash – Teen Mifgash is summer student exchange program for 16- and 17-year-olds from Milwaukee and from Sovev Kinneret. They experience the differences and similarities in each other’s communities and make one-to-one connections that strengthen their Jewish identities. This program is organized in cooperation with Israel Center of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation and the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center. Contact Susie Rosengarten for more information. View the videos below to see the Teen Mifgash 2012 and 2013.

Na’ale – Na’ale, also called Elite Academy, is a Jewish high school that draws students from around the world. Students in 10th-grade can register for three years of tuition-free Israeli high school, leading to an Israeli “matriculation” diploma. Visit Na’ale.

Young Adults

Birthright – Are you 22 – 26? Connect with your peers from the Milwaukee area on this 10-day excursion. This trip is a gift from Taglit-Birthright Israel. Learn more and register at BirthrightIsrael.com. Check out the trip provider: Yael Adventures. This trip is facilitated by the Israel Center of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. Contact our Israel Campus Fellow, Heni Bizawi, for more information.

Kibbutz Programs –  The Kibbutz Program Center connects young adults across the United States and Canada with short- and long-term experiences on kibbutzim in Israel. Programs may focus on areas like Hebrew language, social activism, peace and co-existence, environmentalism — all experienced while living within the unique society of a kibbutz. Visit Kibbutz Program Center.

Onward Israel – This JAFI program gives young adults an opportunity to spend 6-10 weeks in Israel, building their resumes and getting to know the Jewish state in a deeper way. Onward offers internships, service-learning, academic study, and fellowships, in cooperation with Jewish organizations and communities overseas. In this highly-subsidized program, participants come from the same community or organization, allowing the creation of local networks and to maintain connections after the program. Many participants are “graduates” of Birthright trips. Visit Onward Israel.

For All Ages

Here are a few of our favorite sites for finding education, travel and volunteer opportunities in Israel.

Go Israel – The official website of the Ministry of Israel Tourism, Go Israel is a comprehensive guide to everything you need to know about visiting Israel. Visit Go Israel.

Jewish Agency for Israel – JAFI, a partner agency of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, helps you quickly select your ideal opportunities to experience Israel. Filter through hundreds of opportunities by age group, region or city, type of experience and more. Visit Jewish Agency for Israel.

Skilled Volunteers – This site matches experienced professionals with meaningful volunteer opportunities in Israel. Visit Skilled Volunteers Israel.

Trekking in Israel – This nonprofit website that helps you identify long treks in Israel with detailed explanations and everything a trekker wants to know about trekking in Israel. Visit Trekking in Israel.

Hike Israel from Sea to Sea (Yam L’Yam) – Explore the beauty of Israel and MJF’s Partnership region, Sovev Kinneret, on this once-in-a-lifetime trip with Partnership2Gether. You’ll hike Israel from the Mediterranean to the Sea of Galilee, learn about local ecology and water sources, visit local sites, and experience local hospitality. Visit Partnership2Gether. 

Study Abroad & Graduate Programs

Find Your Israel Program

The “Find Your Israel Program” is a service of the Israel Center. Visit Masa Israel Journey to find your Israel program today!