UJIA Israel Fast Track

UJIA's flagship Israel Engagement programme for Sixth Formers

UJIA Israel Fast Track

UJIA's flagship Israel Engagement programme for Sixth Formers

Stand out from the crowd

UJIA Israel Fast Track is a programme like no other. Over eight months, starting in October 2018, you will go deeper into your understanding of Israel than ever before. It will help you stand out from the crowd, both in the Jewish community, in your university applications and your future career.

For the year 2018-19, we will be running the programme in two locations: London and Manchester. Together, they will have just 35-40 participants, who will be selected to participate in a course that will look in-depth at Israel today and help develop expertise to become an informed leader.

Key marketable skills that will be nurtured are:
– Communication, Debating & Presentation

– Analysis and Research

– Leadership, with an emphasis on Peer Leadership

– Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

– Understanding Multiple Narratives

You will also have access to Israeli politicians, journalists and other influencers on the Israel seminar, and benefit from top speakers and educators in the UK sessions.

The Programme
There is one meeting per month. You are expected to attend all or almost all of the sessions, including the whole of the Israel seminar in February:

Sunday sessions
There will be Sunday sessions in October, November, December, January and March. These will be half-day sessions, usually 11am-5pm, but exact timings will be confirmed upon acceptance. If you are in the Manchester group, you will come to London for the December session. If you are in the London group, you will come to Manchester for the January session.

All others will be in the city in which you are based. The sessions will each explore one particular aspect of Israel in depth, for instance, Israel within British political life, or the peace process. We will bring in the very best experts and educators. The first Sunday session, which also acts an orientation, will be on Sunday 7 October. The other sessions are currently scheduled for 18 November, 9 December, 13 January and 10 March.

Two residential weekends
These will be in the city in which you are based, one at the start and one near the end of the programme. These will be where we form you as a group, begin to explore some of the big issues Israel faces and, at the second residential, learn about how Israel plays out on university campuses.

The first weekend will be 19-21 October 2018, and the closing residential is currently scheduled for 5-7 April 2019. We will start before Shabbat comes in and the weekend will be Shabbat-compliant.

Israel seminar
This will be a trip to Israel during the February half-term, 17-21 February 2019. This is not a tour of the country. This is an intensive experience, where you’ll meet with Israeli politicians, journalists, activists and thinkers, all of whom will challenge you to think in new ways, and push you to understand Israel’s unique challenges and opportunities. The days will be full but you will come away better informed and excited to debate and discuss the many questions you will have about Israel. The London and Manchester groups will join together for this trip.

Is this for me?
If you are someone who wants to explore, in a serious, high-quality, in-depth way, the big questions surrounding Israel today, and you want to use this expertise to become an informed leader of your peers, then yes, this is for you.

You’ll finish the programme more knowledgeable about Israel, more reflective about its options, and more able to articulate how you feel about its issues.

We are actively seeking a diverse group for this programme. We want people from across the religious and political spectrum, and who have a range of views about Israel. As long as you are supportive of the existence of Israel as a Jewish state (broadly defined), and are willing to hear and engage with a spectrum of opinions, we want you to apply.

Past participants:
“My expectations were far exceeded – genuinely, hands down, this was the best Israel programme I have ever done. The group was diverse and bonded well. The people who came to speak to the group were amazing – meeting and getting to really have a dialogue with the Israeli Ambassador was a particular highlight. The Israel trip was fantastic. We heard multiple narratives, were asked hard questions and all came out knowing a massive amount more. I would thoroughly recommend signing up – it was an incredible experience.”

“In Israel, we met the Israeli analyst and author Yossi Klein Halevi. He spoke to us about how he sees the Israeli left and right, and his developing and sometimes conflicting ideas about the conflict with the Palestinians and the Israeli society. I came away with my head spinning – in the most positive way possible! It was the kind of experience that I would never get on any other Israel programme.”

“There genuinely didn’t seem to be an agenda, it wasn’t about trying to convince us of anything except that we should have really thought hard about our own opinions and be able to defend them with arguments and experiences. I feel like I have come out of this programme with much more knowledge and understanding – and many more questions.”

How much does it cost?
The programme is very heavily subsidised, and will cost you £400, plus the cost of your flights to Israel. If your family’s financial circumstances are such that this cost would prohibit your participation on the programme, we have financial assistance available. Please tick the relevant box on the application form.

What do I need to do to apply?
Applications are now open – click here to apply. We will inform you if you have been invited to join the programme.

Got questions?
London:  Sharon Wagner-Zauder, Senior Israel Engagement Manager – sharon.wagner-zauder@ujia.org.

Manchester: Sara Radberg, Head of Regional Programming – Sara.Radberg@ujia.org

Key Dates 2018/2019

Manchester and Northwest dates may defer and will be updated in the coming weeks.

Sunday 7 October – First Sunday session (orientation)

Friday 19 – Sunday 21 October – First Residential

Sunday 18 November– Sunday session

Sunday 9 December – Sunday session, Manchester group to come to London

Sunday 13 January– Sunday session, London group to come to Manchester

Sunday 17– Thursday 21 February – Israel seminar

Sunday 10 March– Sunday session

Friday 6 – Sunday 8 April– Closing Residential

You can stand out through this prestigious course.

In Numbers

*Some figures are approximations based on research

In Numbers

*Some figures are approximations based on research