Travel

Travel Opportunities

Every year Yalies travel around the country and world through opportunities at Slifka Center. From Israel, to Latin America, to the US Gulf Coast, these journeys are incredible experiences for all who participate. More information about these trips will posted on the on this Web site as the individual application dates near. Contact Juli Goodman, juli.goodman@yale.edu, for more information about any Travel Opportunities. 

Birthright Israel

All your friends raving about Israel, but you want to see it for yourself? If you are Jewish, 18-26 years old, and have never participated in an organized peer program before, experience Israel with other Yalies for spring break!

Hartman

For our partnership with Shalom Hartman Institute, we aim to recruit Fellows that are interested in enhancing their knowledge about Israel, deepening their connections, and searching for better frameworks to communicate on this topic. Fellows participate in 6 on-campus sessions that frame their Israel travel experience. On-campus we discuss topics such as Jewish Peoplehood, Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State, a deep-dive into the Israeli Declaration of Independence, etc. Fellows also participate in a subsidized week-long seminar at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.

Yalies in Israel

Yalies in Israel is an umbrella program that gives Yale undergraduate students the opportunity to apply for funds to support summer projects in Israel. Yale students can apply for up to $5,000 to intern with an Israeli company, do research, or take courses at an Israeli University or Institute. Students work with Slifka Center Staff on their proposals and arranging accommodations to make their projects possible.

In addition to assisting students through funding, Slifka supplies on the ground support and programs. A member of Slifka’s staff is in Israel for the summer to create opportunities for further connection to Israeli culture and other Yalies. Examples include:

  • Tel Aviv Pride Parade Meet-Up
  • Visit to the Israel Museum
  • Jerusalem Festival of Lights
  • July 4th Dinner
  • A networking event with Yale Alumni at the Yale Club in Israel
  • Day trips to the North (near Haifa) and South (Mitzpei Ramon)
  • Visiting Na Laga’at, a restaurant staffed completely by visually impaired staff where guests eat in the pitch black

Alternative Spring Break

Looking for a way to work with your hands, get outside, and transform the way you experience Judaism? Slifka Center partners with other campus and community organizations to design meaningful alternative spring break trips for Yale students. Trips are unique and transformative and students explore how relevant Judaism is to building healthier communities. Past trips have included partnering with La Casa for Hurricane Relief in Puerto Rico, partnering with AfAm House for a Racial Justice Service Learning Trip to Mississippi Delta, and a Jewish Heritage trip to Spain.

Peace and Dialogue Leadership Initiative (PDLI)

PDLI is a student-run program that offers outstanding college students an opportunity to learn about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a 12-day trip with Yale students and West Point cadets.