Hokies in Israel
Go to Israel for ten days for FREE!
Every winter break, one to two full buses of students participate in the Birthright Israel Hillel trip from Virginia Tech. Over 400,000 young Jewish adults from all over the world have been to Israel on Birthright trips. They come from all levels of religious observance and have varying degrees of travel experience. All return from the Jewish homeland with a great love for Israel and its people.
Birthright Israel is open to all Jewish young adults, ages 18 to 26, who have not traveled to Israel on a peer educational trip since they turned 18 nor lived in Israel past the age of 12. Trips span the ideological, educational, cultural, and physical challenges that Israel has to offer.
The advantage of traveling with Hillel at Virginia Tech is the sense of community with which you will return!
For more information about our next trip, e-mail Dor Kwiatek at or Tarryn Winik
Pre-register now for Summer (May 18-28, 2020) Birthright Israel Trip!
Go Back to Israel!
Onward Israel offers exciting resume building opportunities - internships, academic study and fellowships - providing a global, cross-cultural experience in Israel and direct contact with Israel and direct contact with Israeli peers. The programs can vary six to ten weeks, depending on program type and content.
Onward Israel offers a competitive and attractive venue for young people seeking such experiences at affordable prices. While meeting the individual needs of the participants and allowing them to advance their resumes. Onward Israel speaks directly to the interests and concerns of young adults entering the labor force in globalized worlds. The programs maximize opportunities for cross-cultural immersion, a feature that is highly prized by employers and academic institutions.
Click HERE to learn more about the programs.
Fellows assist English teachers in Israel schools. Each fellow has a host teacher and spends the 10-months working with smaller groups of students who are either behind in the curriculum and need extra help or very advanced students who are looking to further improve their English.
The Masa Israel Teaching Fellowship is a heavily subsidized program, costing $1,000 for 10 months if an applicant is eligible for Masa funding. Accommodations, health insurance, Hebrew courses, and trips around Israel are all included in the program fee. Fellows also receive a monthly stipend of ~ $250 USD/mo and their flight can be reimbursed up to $1,300 upon program completion.
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Hokies Israel Programs
Meeting of the Friends of Israel at Virginia Tech
Friends of Israel at Virginia Tech’s mission is educate Virginia Tech students about every aspect of Israel and to celebrate its accomplishments in technology, sciences, mathematics, and the arts. We network with student leaders and connect with them university resources, such as the room reservations process, Collegiate Times, GobblerConnect, and Gobblerfest.
Monday Munch and Learn with Israel Update
Rooted in Jewish wisdom and culture, Hillel at Virginia Tech’s weekly Monday Munch and Learn program is a forum for students to discuss Israeli current affairs, connect with peers, and do their homework in an informal, on-campus setting. Students can join Hillel at Virginia Tech’s Parent(s) Circle for free lunch, bring their own food, or pay for lunch.
Cafe Ivrit and Hebrew Lessons
Facilitated by the Friends of Israel at Virginia Tech, Café Ivrit brings together students and faculty with a basic understanding of spoken Hebrew for informal conversation over coffee in Newman Library. Participants practice their language skills in a group and then one-on-one with peers to grow their understanding of Hebrew’s nuances. At Hebrew Lessons, students discover the fundamentals of language acquisition; they read, write, listen, and speak elementary Hebrew in a more structured setting, and emphasis is placed on Hebrew’s building blocks.
Anthony de Gregorio, a Virginia Tech graduate student, shares his perspective on Hillel at Virginia Tech's Krav Maga: “Physical strength is merely a portion of combat. In Krav Maga, we learned how to harness and apply our strengths in a controlled and decisive retaliation just like the IDF.” In partnership with the Black Organizations Council and the Mixed Martial Arts Club of Virginia Tech, Hillel at Virginia Tech annually hires a licensed martial arts instructor to coach weekly Krav Maga Self-Defense classes at War Memorial Gym. The classes serve as a laboratory for physical learning and a platform to recognize Israeli contributions to the field of athletics; through brief, five-minute presentations at the beginning of each class, participants gain an appreciation for the Spirit of the IDF and the values embodied in their choice of combat.