• The semester in Israel focuses on building a diverse cohort of peers, deepening Fellows’ commitment to Israel, exposing them to North American Jewish professional opportunities, and strengthening their level of Jewish leadership and literacy.

    Fellows study tuition-free at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and participate in Nachshon Project seminars and trips where they meet with world-class scholars, innovators, and leaders.

    Together with a diverse group of up-to-40 incredible young adults from across North America, Fellows are challenged to choose the best individual path for personal and professional success as future leaders in the North American Jewish community.


  • The summer camp and campus environments provide Fellows with opportunities to test themselves and grow as leaders.

  • Following the semester in Israel, Fellows who spend the summer at camp will implement an Israel-themed educational program for staff and/or campers. This program is devised throughout the semester in Israel, in partnership with the camp director. These Fellows receive an additional $1,500 bonus on top of their camp salaries for the summer.
  • During their senior year of college, Nachshon Project Fellows implement Israel or Jewish-themed educational programs on campus. With a budget of $1,000, Fellows hone their leadership skills by creating original, compelling programming. Fellows are strongly encouraged to work with their local Hillel in the development, marketing, and execution of the programs.


  • Upon graduation, Fellows may take up to two years to develop their professional and/or academic skills through internships and Jewish learning programs. Fellows may be eligible for $15,000 to fund year-long unpaid internships or learning programs.


  • Fellows who continue on to graduate degrees that prepare them for professional careers in the Jewish community apply for The Nachshon Project Graduate Fellowship. Graduate Fellows are granted $30,000 each year for the duration of their studies, pursuant to program requirements. The Graduate Fellowship provides Fellows with tools, skills, and networking opportunities to help them succeed in their future careers as Jewish professionals.


  • Application deadline: October 15th
  • Acceptances sent out: November 15th
  • Arrival in Israel for The Nachshon Project Opening Conference: mid-January
  • Semester at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Attend classes at the Rothberg International School, while partaking in weekly Nachshon Project programming and monthly Shabbatonim): January through end-of-May
  • Finals at the Rothberg International School: First week of June (approximate)
  • Implementation of Camp Projects (for Fellows who choose to attend summer camp): Summer following semester in Israel
  • Annual Fall Conference (U.S.-based): November
  • Implementation of Campus Projects: Senior year on campus (before March 1st)


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