Israel programming at Yale ranges from the political to the social and cultural. We strive to create a community where people with various viewpoints can feel comfortable and have their voices heard. These organizations hold regular discussions and planning meetings and also host a wide variety of guests including speakers, musical artists, filmmakers, and writers. Yale Friends of Israel serves as the umbrella organization for other Israel groups on campus. Every year, Slifka Center hosts multiple trips to Israel including Birthright.

If you have any questions about Israel programming at Yale, please do not hesitate to email Uri Cohen at


Birthright, Peace and Dialogue Leadership Initiative, Yalies in Israel; There are plenty of opportunities to travel to Israel with Slifka Center – To get involved, contact Uri Cohen –


Register Now to Travel to Israel this Summer! 

Registration is open for Netivot/Pathways – Yale’s Birthright Israel Trip with Optional West Bank Extension, May 2022. Netivot is a free ten day trip to Israel, with an optional one day extension in the West Bank – designed and led by Slifka’s staff. We will leave from JFK airport on May 12 and return May 23-24, depending on West Bank itineraries. Our group will be 30 Yale students guided by Aviva Green and Rabbi Jason Rubenstein. 

To register: 

  1. Go to create an account (with a non -edu email address), and fill in the application and submit your $250 deposit (refunded upon your return from Israel).
  2. After you complete the application, you will receive an email to schedule a one-on-one chat with a staff member.
  3. Pre-trip you will indicate your choice of participating in the Slifka-Sponsored West Bank extension or returning home on May 22

Questions? Reach out to Aviva ( or Rav Jason ( 


    • What are the COVID policies? 
      • In order to travel to Israel, you must be fully vaccinated and your last planned day needs to be within 180 days of your last dose. 
    • How do I know if I am eligible? 
      • We strive to make this a pluralistic experience. Birthright trips are open to all Jewish young adults between 18 and 32, who haven’t been to Israel on an educational trip since turning 18 and/or lived in Israel past the age of 12. Birthright defines Jewish as having at least one Jewish parent or having completed conversion through a denomination. 
    • Are there any costs I have to cover? 
      • Financial aid is available for personal costs
      • Refundable 250 USD deposit – refunded upon your return from Israel 
      • Most lunch meals
      • Personal purchases (like souvenirs)
      • Travel/health insurance 
      • Optional international phone plan
      • Transportation to and from the airport
      • Estimated personal costs on top of deposit: $200-500
  • How is the trip funded?
    • The trip is a gift from Birthright Israel
    • The trip is funded by both private donors and through partnerships with the Government of Israel, the Jewish Federations of North America, the Jewish Agency for Israel and Keren Hayesod.
  • How was the itinerary developed? 
    • We want to put together a unique itinerary to create a special and meaningful experience. The care and effort put into choosing the sites and the people we will meet is all in service to cultivating an exploratory trip of making connections, Jewish identity, and deep engagement. 

Education and Learning 

Marilyn G. and Joseph B. Schwartz ’62 Israel Education Fellowship – This is your Israel 101 course at Slifka Hartman Fellowship – This is your deep dive into all things Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.

For more information on Israel Education and Learning, please contact Uri Cohen –

Perspectives: The Yale Journal on Israel and Palestine – “From Dogma to Dialogue.” A project of Yale Friends of Israel, Perspectives is a non-partisan publication providing a space for the discussion of and education on all issues pertaining to Israel and Palestine, including arts, literature, history, politics, disparities between populations, and political conflict.

For more information contact Mati Zeff –

Arts and Culture 

Slifka hosts a wide variety of Israeli musicians, artists, perfumers, speakers, and movie viewings. For more information, or to submit ideas, please contact Gabe Diamond – or Yaakov Huba –


J Street U at Yale a pro-Israel and pro-peace organization at Yale. To get involved, contact Daniella Shear –

YIPAC, Yale’s AIPAC cadre advocates for a strong US/Israel relationship. To participate, contact Gabe Diamond –