Community Leaders Mission to Israel – January 1-12, 2023
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 purpose of this trip is to give students an opportunity to participate in and discover Israel’s beauty and complexity in an individual way. The group will travel to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Sea of Galilee, Rawabi, Ramallah, the Dead Sea, and more.

We’ll learn about Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; shining an international light on its complexities and nuances, in an immersive and experiential method. The students will meet with politicians, activists, civic leaders, academics, artists, Israelis, Arabs, Palestinians, Jews, Muslims, Christians, clerics, and humanitarians who can offer diverse perspectives on the societal and political underpinnings of the region.

Opportunities will be provided to 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.

If you have any questions, email Adam Bershad.


The trip will leave from Dulles International Airport (IAD) on the evening of January 1, 2023 and return on January 12, 2023. We will depart and return as a group.


  • Must be on campus for spring semester 2023
  • Must be involved in leadership roles on campus
  • Applicants must have a term GPA of 3.0 (not applicable for freshmen and new transfer students) and be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the university.
  • Preference will be given to Sophomore and Junior applicants, although seniors will still be considered. 


  • Valid Passport
  • Participate in pre-trip orientation. 

Program Cost

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 submission deadline is October 12, 2022.