Israeli Peers

    The Role of the Israelis in the Program


    Each American fellow is carefully paired with an Israeli peer based on gender and common interests. The result? The entire American fellow cohort is joined by a group of outstanding Israelis who have displayed leadership, professional aspirations, and passion for community-building. By participating in nearly all activities, the Israeli peer cohort has a significant impact on the Excel group dynamic and success of the fellowship. As participants in the Excel program, Israeli peers create a social bridge with Israel, allow for meaningful relationships, and widen the Excel Fellow community and network.

    Over the course of the ten-week summer, the Israelis participate in Birthright Israel Excel programming alongside the Americans. They commit to a number of mandatory activities, such as: an orientation meeting before the program, opening ceremony, the group bonding weekend, a joint organized activity, ending ceremony, farewell party, and a summary meeting. An Israeli peer hosts his/her American counterpart for a Shabbat family dinner, and peers are invited to join most of the program’s activities and meetings with business leaders. In this way, American fellows get to know not only their own peer, but all of the other Israeli peers as well.

    Moreover, the relationship between two peers has been known to extend far beyond organized programming. In the past, peers have organized hiking trips, coding sessions, startup nights, birthday parties, excursions to Tel Aviv’s “White Night” and Pride Parade, pool days, casual dinners, and more.

    After the program the Israeli peers join Excel’s Israeli Alumni Association, networking together with peers of past and present to cultivate Jewish leadership in the business, social and public sectors among the Israeli alumni and through the continuous partnership with the global Excel community.



    • Applications will be accepted between December 1 -31st, 2014. It is open to all full-time IDC students and IDF soldiers. Candidates must be fluent in English, 20-26 years of age (at the time of application), who reside in the Tel Aviv area and are interested in business.
      Other advantages include: A background in leadership and community service.
      Those who participated in a Taglit-Birthright Israel trip in the past are eligible to apply, but those who have previously been an Israeli Peer in Birthright Israel Excel are ineligible to reapply.
      The selection process includes:
      • Submitting Application Form
      • Personal Interview
      • Notification of Acceptance
      • Signing a Written Commitment