Write On For Israel/San Francisco Program Overview

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Write_On_For_Israel_Explore_like_a_JournalistWrite On For Israel/San Francisco is partnering with Young Judea for this summer's trip, registration is still open, to register for the Israel trip please click here.

Each year, millions of Jewish high school graduates enter college mostly unprepared to deal with potential anti-Israel challenges from peers and faculty.  Our goal is to change that.

Write On For Israel/San Francisco with seminars in both SF and Palo Alto is a unique, challenging, and exciting 1-year Israel education program, open to ALL high school students. Starting in December 2013, you can attend 6 monthly Sunday-seminars in the San Francisco and Palo Alto, where you will learn from professional journalists, communication experts, Israel educators, political leaders and people with fascinating stories.

There are many Israel-related programs for teens, however WOFI/SF is unique in its use of journalism to explore the Jewish narrative in Israel and the right of Jewish freedom of expression in America. The skills students can acquire through WOFI/SF will help prepare teens for college and beyond. In addition to the monthly Sunday-seminars ($199), a weekend retreat ($99) and Israel trip ($3,995 LAND ONLY*) are available options to connect you even further with Israel.


Date:  Activity: Location:
December 15th, 2013 Film Festival & First Session Vogue Theater, SF
January 11th to 12th, 2014 Bay Area Retreat Palo Alto JCC
February 9th, 2014 Second Session Palo Alto JCC
March 23rd, 2014 Third Session Palo Alto JCC
May 18th, 2014 Fourth Session San Francisco
June 18th to July 9th, 2104 Israel Documentary Trip Israel
August 2014 Fifth Session TBD
October 2014 Sixth Session TBD

The Israel trip is a 3-week long journalism tour in Israel is scheduled for June 22 - July 13, 2014. *Cost includes all film equipment, bus, meals and hotels. Air travel cost is additional. Group rates will be available.

Come prepared to ask challenging questions.  WOFI/SF is a safe laboratory where you can deepen your understanding of Israel's complexity while you sharpen your effectiveness as a communicator.  Even if you already know it all, you will learn new ways to build support for your ideas and positions.

A summary of WOFI/SF benefits for participants includes: 

  • Explore the Story of the Jewish People in Israel
  • Interview Israeli Politicians, Journalists and Newsmakers
  • Produce a Documentary
  • Build a Portfolio for College Admissions
  • Improve Your Writing, Critical Thinking and Speaking Skills
  • Understand Israel’s Strategic Predicament
  • Get Published and Learn how to Analyze the Media
  • Create Friendships with Teens from the Bay-Area & Israel
  • An optional 3 week Journalism tour in Israel

Know a teen who would be a good fit for WOFI/SF?  Nomiate them.

A WOFI/SF education is often life changing for a teen.  Participants who enter the program with little knowledge about Israel often graduate deeply connected and ready to engage in individual and group advocacy activities. Teens who enter the program already knowledgeable are able to boost their effectiveness and practice opinion leadership through WOFI/SF’s rigorous exploration of difficult and complex issues in the classroom sessions, in Israel and in community events.

Write On For Israel/SF is a collaborative effort between J, the Jewish weekly magazine of the SF Bay Area and BlueStar, a non-profit organization, dedicated to empowering the next generation of Israel advocates and leaders. Write On/SF is made possible thanks to generous funding from the Avi Chai Foundation and dozens of individuals contributions.

See What the Students Say About Making A Documentary


 You can view the Write On For Israel/SF Documentaries.


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