Am I Eligible for IsraelPro?
IsraelPro is open to self-identifying Jewish college or university graduates between the ages of 19-35. Participants can be single or married without children. In order to participate in the program you should have a decent level of English. This ensures that you will be able to understand, speak, read and write on a level that will allow you to participate in discussions and to communicate with the staff and your peers.
Should I do IsraelPro if I'm Planning to Make Aliyah?
We think so! IsraelPro is a great stepping-stone for someone who is considering Aliyah. Spending five months in Israel before Aliyah can help ease your transition to Israeli life. Additionally, being on IsraelPro will help you build professional and personal connections as well as a sense of community. IsraelPro makes special efforts to expose its participants to Israeli society and to help them feel comfortable in their surroundings.
Will I Earn a Certificate?
Upon successfully completing the program, you will receive a certificate of completion from IsraelPro. In addition, you will receive a letter of recommendation from the IsraelPro staff and the internship in which you were placed.
Do I Need to Speak English?
All classes and activities are conducted in English, apart from the Hebrew language ulpan. While IsraelPro participants come from around the world and speak a variety of languages, all of the official communication between the staff and participants is in English. Those participants who can communicate in Hebrew will have a wider choice of internship placements available to them.
I'm Religiously Observant. Can I Do IsraelPro?
Absolutely! If possible, we will try to create separate apartments for all those who keep kosher. In cases when this is not possible, we will provide you with your own utensils. In regards to Shabbat, all program activities will be “Shomer Shabbat” but participants are allowed to behave according to their own beliefs in their apartments. Being religious can mean different things to each person and the level of observance can vary significantly. If you have more specific questions on that matter, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will I have the Chance to Meet Israelis?
Yes, but it will depend on your own efforts to take advantage of the opportunities. Depending on the number of applicants who come on the program we invite Israeli peers – either participants or young professionals – to take part in some IsraelPro programming. The program also tries to build connections with Israelis through events and combined activities. These opportunities allow participants to meet Israelis of similar age, to learn about Israeli society and culture, and create new friendships with Israelis that will last a lifetime. Participants also live in rented apartments which are surrounded by Israeli neighbors.