August 25-September 4, 2024
Space is limited! Apply here.
What is Perspectives?
Perspectives is an immersive 10 day trip to Israel for 15 non-Jewish students and 5 Jewish students enrolled at the Seattle campus of the University of Washington who are interested in deepening their knowledge about and experience in the region.
On this educational and immersive trip, students will explore and wrestle with the history, complexities and nuances of Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
In the wake of the events of October 7, participants on this summer’s Perspectives program will especially explore the devastation and impact of that day through conversations with victims, visits to areas that were immediately impacted, and lectures from experts and leaders in Israeli society.
This selective program seeks students who are motivated to better understand the region and to share what they learn with the broader UW community. Throughout the journey, participants will be expected to ask challenging questions, engage in group discussions and reflection, and practice active listening.
Participants will be required to participate in three pre-trip orientation sessions before the program (dates TBA) and will be expected to participate in a number of learning opportunities upon return to the UW in the fall.
Airfare to/from Israel, two meals per day, 10-day guided tour of Israel, accommodations, plus travel medical insurance. Participants are asked to cover transportation to and from SeaTac, one meal per day, and spending money for snacks, souvenirs, etc.
Participants, upon acceptance to the program, are required to pay a deposit of $250. If the fee is a barrier to application, please contact Rabbi Lauren, Amit Fridman, Hillel UW’s Israel Fellow, or Amee Sherer, Hillel UW’s Executive Director.
Who should apply?
Qualified candidates are:
- Enrolled at the University of Washington-Seattle
- Have at least one year left studying at UW (rising sophomores and juniors preferred)
- Seasoned active listeners
- Not afraid to ask challenging questions
- Willing to engage in group discussion and reflection
The trip is run under the auspices of Hillel UW and is open to all, regardless of background.
Safety and security
- Applications are due by Friday, May 10, 2024 by 5 pm Pacific.
- Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until spots are filled.
- Interviews (in person preferred) will take place on a rolling basis.
- Applicants will be notified as soon as possible.
- Upon acceptance, candidates will pay a $250 deposit. If a candidate is offered and accepts a spot but ultimately cannot participate, the candidate will be eligible for a deposit refund if Hillel UW is notified before ticketing (May 17, 2024).