Write On for Israel is the premier Israel education and advocacy program for highly motivated, committed and passionate Chicagoland Jewish teens. This two-year program combines:
- Study of history, culture, politics and current events
- Practice of writing, public speaking and grass-roots organizing
- Experience of a unique trip to Israel
Write On for Israel Fellows attend seven day-long seminars during their junior year of high school. These seminars, held on one Sunday per month, teach the ancient and modern history of Israel and the Jewish people’s connection to the land, and equip participants with advocacy skills that will serve them on college campuses and for the rest of their lives.
Fellows travel to Israel during the summer between junior and senior years for a remarkable encounter with journalists, politicians, military officers, and Israeli and Palestinian teenagers. The trip deepens Fellows’ understanding of the complex issues that make Israel’s reality so challenging, and prepares them to stand up for Israel after high school.
As Senior Fellows, 12th graders participate in skills-building workshops and enjoy opportunities to apply their new knowledge and skills to real-life advocacy situations. The 2010 graduating cohort put together a special JUF News supplement of stories about their experience in Write On and as young Israel advocates.
After completing this rigorous two-year program, Write On for Israel Fellows are prepared to take on leadership roles in pro-Israel activities and organizations. Our alumni have lobbied on Capitol Hill; organized pro-Israel rallies; garnered grass-roots support for a strong, democratic Israel; promoted Israel advocacy and education to Jewish student groups; written in their campus newspapers; addressed campus and community audiences; and engaged in other activities to share their passion for Israel.
Since its Chicago launch in 2004, Write On for Israel has earned a reputation as the area’s leading Israel education and advocacy opportunity for high school students. If you believe you are up to the challenge, we hope to hear from you!
Who Can Apply?
Current sophomores in public or private schools throughout the area may apply to become Write On for Israel Fellows. Click here for more information and application materials.