israel.cleveland.next – also known as icnext — is a two-year program that educates Cleveland Jewish high school students from all denominations in the core issues of Israeli society and the geopolitical situation in Israel today.
Students also learn and engage with Israeli peers from Cleveland’s sister community of Beit She’an and the Valley of the Springs (Emek HaMayanot). This region in the North of Israel is home to many activities supported and coordinated by the Jewish Federation of Cleveland.
The first year of icnext (formerly known as AFU/WOFI) involves interactive educational programming and a visit to Cleveland by teens from the Beit She’an region, and culminates in a 10-day Israel exploratory mission. The mission gives participants the opportunity to explore the realities of life in Israel and spend time learning and experiencing with their Israeli counterparts.
In the second year, students initiate, organize and galvanize peer involvement in educational, political or cultural activities designed to build awareness about Israel and support for the Jewish State.