Israel & Overseas


Strengthening Jewish communities in Israel and around the world has always been a top priority for the Federation. We build a local community connection to Israel, fund and help implement overseas designated projects, and participate in the collective support for world Jewry.


The Federation enhances individual experiences through ongoing, people-to-people relationships, missions, and exchange programs. Missions to Israel and to other overseas Jewish communities serve to strengthen Jewish identity, build Jewish community and grow Jewish philanthropy. For more information on upcoming missions, email

Israel in Shalom New Haven

  • Birthright Israel Expands Eligibility

    NEW YORK—Birthright Israel, the largest provider of cultural trips in the world, today announces a decision to introduce a new age category for the first time since the organization’s founding in 1999.

Young Emissary Program

The Israeli Young Emissary Program is a ten-month volunteer service experience. Israeli high school graduates from the Afula Gilboa region who choose to defer their army service serve as young ambassadors for Israel to the communities in their partnership region in Southern New England.