WRITE ON FOR ISRAEL (WOFI) is an exciting two-year program to train a select group of high school juniors to become advocates for Israel through journalism, broadcasting, and public speaking. The program is a project of The Jewish Week of New York with the aim of educating and empowering students to become informed about world issues affecting Israel and eventually becoming college campus leaders.

On college campuses students are faced with the activities of anti-Israel groups who put on public events – including, but not limited to, Israel Apartheid Week, where Israel is unfairly compared to racially segregated South Africa, to delegitimize Israel’s very existence. Inside the classroom, professors often criticize Israel’s conduct and politics or teach Middle East history from an unbalanced position perspective.

Overview of the WOFI Program

The goal of Write-On is to give students the training and self-confidence to confront these detractors and to build support for Israel on campus.

Program Highlights

  • Studying Jewish history and current events as they related to Israel and the conflict with the Palestinians and other Arab neighbors.
  • 8-Day Mission to Israel during Presidents Week of senior year. Apply now to be eligible for the trip in 2019.
  • Understanding Israel’s internal conflicts and security concerns.
  • Exploring journalism, including media analysis as it relates to the Middle East and learning the importance of writing to advance Israel’s positions.
  • Practicing Israel advocacy skills, from debating and public speaking, to organizing informational campaigns.
  • Relationships building, with peers, professors, student leaders on campus, representatives of leading Jewish organizations and others.
  • All sessions will be held in New York City.
  • Qualified students entering their junior year of high school in the fall of 2017 are invited to apply for the fellowship.

Why Write On?

According to our research and follow-up, WOFI graduates demonstrate a markedly increased level of knowledge about Israel; sophisticated writing, research, and debate skills with regard to Israel; and, above all, a greater sense of commitment towards the Jewish state. To our knowledge, no other program offers these kinds of discussion, skill building, and group bonding activities that effectively inspires and transform the next generation of young Jewish leaders.

Write On is a diverse program drawing from public, private, and Jewish day schools. Because our students learn and travel to Israel with students from different Jewish backgrounds, they become familiar with teens who express their Judaism in different ways. The results have been extremely positive and reaffirming: that no matter one’s level of religious observance or political background, we all share a mutual commitment to Israel.

How to Apply

To apply for the Class 2019, you must be in 11th grade in the Fall of 2017. TO APPLY:  Applications can be downloaded here.

For more information visit the Jewish Week WOFI site.

Please note:  
The cost to families for the program is $2,500 which includes the Israel trip. Scholarships are available. The Fellowship program is underwritten by Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ which is committed to empowering our students to be the next generation of leaders and to counter anti-Israel sentiment on college campuses.

For information, contact Linda Scherzer at (917) 613-8739 or linda.scherzer@gmail.com.

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Our Supporters

Write On For Israel Greater MetroWest is a project of The Jewish Week of New York and made possible through generous support from the Iris Family and Herb and Milly Iris Youth and Family Philanthropy Endowment, Klinghoffer Family, Cooperman Family Fund for a Jewish Future, Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest, Curt C. & Else Silberman Philanthropic Fund, Archie Gottesman and Gary Debode.

 

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