Once you’ve visited Israel, the experience will stay with you forever. Our Israel and Overseas Affairs Department (IOAD) fosters the deep connection we feel to Israel and Jews around the world through local celebrations, education and advocacy. We also provide information about volunteer opportunities, internships and programs that offer unique ways to experience in Israel, and financial aid that can help make it possible.
If you are thinking of spending time in Israel or elsewhere in the Jewish world, these programs are worth exploring.
A thrilling way to visit Israel. If you are a Jewish Canadian between the ages of 18–26 you can visit Israel for free! Our Jewish Federation funds one-third of the cost of each trip. Each year, $100,000 from the Federation Annual Campaign helps send local teens and young adults on life-changing Birthright experiences in Israel. More…
March of the Living
Join thousands of young Jews from around the world for a profound shared experience as you spend Yom Hashoah in Poland and Yom Hazikaron/Yom Ha’atzmaut in Israel. “I thought it was an important trip for me to go on as a Jewish teen… one day soon there will be no survivors around and someone needs to be able to tell their stories.” – March of the Living participant. More…
Dragon Boat Israel
Dragon Boat Israel is a joint Canada-Israel initiative to introduce the sport of dragon boat racing to Israel. The idea originated with the members of a Canadian dragon boat team who thought it would be fun to combine their love of dragon boat racing with their love of Israel. More...
MASA: Israel Journey
Want to study, volunteer or develop your career in Israel? Masa Israel Journey can help find the program that suits the way you want to see the country. It can also provide grants and scholarships to help make the experience possible. Find the program that’s right for you.
Designed for North American and Israeli young adults 21-29 years old, Ma’ase Olam - Israel Teaching Fellows (ITF) is a joint service-learning program. Its focus? To teach English in Rehovot's underprivileged schools and serve the local community through volunteer work. Over the course of this 10-month program you will connect with a group of Israeli peers and immerse yourself in Israeli society. Learn more here.
A volunteer experience like no other. This national program provides a three-week experience on an IDF base. Learn more here.
The Gideon Program
Designed for active retirees, this volunteer opportunity takes place over four to eight weeks, and is hosted in a range of Netanya hotels. Share your experience – and your love for Israel – in one of many public institutions across the country. Learn more here.
Parliamentary Internship Program
Are you a university graduate interested in a career in politics? This year-long placement in an MP’s office will give you experience working with members in the House of Commons. It’s a valuable, career-building program; past interns have gone on to work for MPs all across the country. Learn more here.
Israel Government Fellows
The first program to enable non-Israelis to intern in the core of Israel's policymaking apparatus, Israel Government Fellows (IGF) offers firsthand experience working in government offices in Jerusalem. The ten-month program includes professional seminars, mentoring sessions, Hebrew language classes and tours. Learn more here.
Kibbutz Program Centre
Tailor-make your own Israel experience! This Kibbutz Movement program focuses on Hebrew language education while experiencing the unique society that is Kibbutz life. There are many opportunities for volunteers and students to take part in environmental or peace projects and social activism. Learn more here.
Avodah – The Jewish Service Corps
Spend a year working in a non-profit organization and living communally with other Jewish people. The Jewish Service Corps engages young people in direct work on the causes and effects of poverty in the United States. Program participants deepen their commitments to social change and Jewish life through a year of full-time work at anti-poverty organizations in Chicago, New Orleans, New York and Washington, DC. Learn more here.
JDC – Jewish Service Corps
From week-long trips to year-long placements, the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) offers four different volunteer opportunities for everyone from students to professionals. It’s a great way to engage with the largest Jewish humanitarian aid organization in the world. Volunteers are currently serving in Austria, Belarus, Ethiopia, Georgia, India, Moldova, Turkey and Ukraine. Learn more here.
Visiting Israel? Goisrael.com is a great resource for tourists.