Ithaca may be far from Israel, but there are still many opportunities for Cornellians to connect with the Jewish state.
Cornellians for Israel
Also known as CFI, Cornellians for Israel is Cornell's pro-Israel organization, which promotes awareness and programming on culture, politics and current events of Israel. CFI brings speakers to campus, lobbies government officials, hosts information tables, writes articles and sponsors other related events, which help students learn about Israel and the Middle East dynamic.
To stay updated on CFI's latest happenings, like them on Facebook.
Big Red Birthright Israel
Birthright Israel, an international non-profit organization, provides the gift of 10-day peer educational trips to Israel for Jewish young adults ages 18 to 26. Each year, Cornell Hillel sends over 120 students across the ocean for this invaluable experience, traveling from Cayuga Lake to the Mediterranean Sea.
In addition to all the top tourist sites and historical areas, Birthright participants see the cities, industries and nightlife that aren’t covered on network news. They engage with IDF soldiers, float in the Dead Sea, ride camels near Bedouin tents, eat falafel to their stomachs' contents and even have the opportunity to have a B'nei Miztvah ceremony - all with our dedicated staff and an experienced Israeli tour educator.
Cornell Hillel partners with Hillel International to offer Birthright trips during each winter and summer break. Friends of Cornell students are also invited to join us.
And don't hesitate to contact us with questions!
The next Big Red Birthright Israel trip is December 19-31, 2017. The registration period has ended, but summer dates and registration information will be announced soon!
Studying abroad is an amazing way to fully immerse yourself in Israeli culture, all while earning Cornell academic credits. The university offers six study abroad programs in Israel:
Please contact Cornell Abroad to learn more about these programs.
Masa Israel Journey
Masa is an umbrella organization, partially sponsored by the government of Israel, that hosts various long-term programs in Israel for Jewish young adults. Whether you're interested in studying Torah, volunteering on a Kibbutz, spending a gap year in Tel Aviv or interning in Jerusalem, Masa is likely to be a great fit.
Visit masaisrael.org to explore the myriad of opportunities and don't hesitate to contact us with questions or simply to chat more your interests.