Application for Campus Leaders Mission to Israel – January 3-14, 2022
Israel Discovered – Perspectives Trip to Israel and the Palestinian Territories

Israel Discovered – Perspectives Trip to Israel and the Palestinian Territories is an in-depth exploration experience of Israel for a select group of student leaders from the University of Maryland. The trip will give students, together with Maryland Hillel staff, an opportunity to engage and explore Israel’s beauty and complexity in a personal way.

This selective program seeks students who are highly motivated to gain a deeper understanding of Israel and the Palestinian Territories and to share what they learn with the broader UMD community. Throughout the journey, participants will be expected to ask challenging questions, engage in group discussions and reflection, and to practice resilient listening.

Participants of the program will form a learning community to further one another’s understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing Israel and the Palestinian Territories. The group will participate in intensive pre-trip orientations during fall semester 2021, and the cohort will reconvene following the trip for follow-up programming in spring 2022.

What you can expect on the winter journey to Israel and the Palestinian Territories:

  • Explore the multi-ethnic, religious, and national diversity of the Old City of Jerusalem
  • Visit Tel Aviv and Jaffa, Haifa and Akko, Jerusalem, and key sites of interest throughout Israel.
  • Visit Ramallah, the current capital of the Palestinian Authority, and other areas of the Palestinian Territories to hear from Palestinian leaders and locals.
  • Learn from, and engage with, a variety of voices and perspectives from the religious, secular, Druze, Christian, Jewish-Israeli, Palestinian, Muslim, and other communities.
  • Meet journalists, politicians, artists, intellectuals, activists, and other leaders.
  • Reflect upon and understand issues relating to the region and to gain an appreciation of the political, religious, cultural and historical factors that form the politics and complexity of the Middle East today.
  • Enjoy delicious cuisine, hike in the beautiful desert, and build community with a diverse group of fellow Maryland students.

The trip will leave from Reagan National Airport (DCA)  on January 3, 2022 and return on January 14, 2022. We will depart and return as a group. The dates may change, we may depart or return a day before/after.


  • Must hold a leadership position on campus (with exceptions). 
  • All Applicants must have a term GPA of 3.0 (N/A for Freshmen and new Transfer students) and be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the University.
  • The trip is open to all UMD students.


  • Participate in 2 pre-trip orientations during November and December.
  • Essential and required reading material will be given prior to the orientation. 
  • Participate in a pre-trip traditional weekend [Friday] dinner.
  • Participate in 2 post-trip events during spring semester.

To apply, please complete this online application form.

  • Upon submission, your application will be reviewed, and you may be contacted by Maryland Hillel staff to set up a 30-minute interview.
  • A legible copy of the photo page of your passport will be needed after the interview.
  • Participants will be notified on a rolling basis

Program Cost
Students selected for this initiative will participate on a very highly-subsidized 10-day educational journey to Israel and the Palestinian Territories.

If selected to participate, a $200 payment is required to secure a place in the program. There are grants available to cover this fee on an at-need basis. The program will cover round-trip airfare to/from Israel, accommodation, transportation, two meals a day, admission fees for all scheduled activities in Israel, and overseas travel accident insurance. 

Students will be responsible to pay for:

  • Domestic travel to/from the departure airport, if needed.
  • Any passport/visa fees
  • One meal a day (lunch)
  • Any personal shopping


The deadline to apply for this trip is November 20, 2021.

Interviews will he held on a rolling basis.

Once you submit this application you will get a confirmation email to confirm we received your application. 

 Have questions? Email Bennett Bramson.