What is Extend?

Extend programs feature internationally recognized Palestinian and Israeli leaders in politics, business, civil society, and human rights advocacy. Specific itineraries change, but each program includes:

Palestinian leaders in the civil disobedience movement

Including internationally celebrated activists such as Iyad Burnat (5 Broken Cameras) and Issa Amro (UN Human Rights Defender of the Year, 2010)


Israeli Civil Society

Conversations with leaders in human rights protection, media, and the arts.

A holistic perspective of Jerusalem: East and West

Meetings with experts who have briefed President Barack Obama, Prime Minister David Cameron, and leaders from around the world.

The role of settlements

A holistic perspective on the many ways settlements affect life in the West Bank.

Multiple Perspectives

Extend strives to expose students to a wide range of perspectives and voices. Our tours equip participants to engage with the multiple conflicts that define the region by providing balanced and open-ended introductions to a diverse array of people affected by the conflict.

I have so much more confidence in my ability to talk about the issue after having gone on Extend. Reading and discussing is one thing, but seeing and hearing brings a whole new level that is absolutely essential.
— Rachel, Wesleyan University

Each tour spends time speaking with Palestinians, former IDF soldiers, members of international NGOs operating in the West Bank, Israeli settlers, and Israeli and Palestinian activists, academics, politicians, and business leaders.   

Respectful Consideration

Extend tours are designed to uncover and confront the difficult questions that surround the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We are committed to fostering respectful and inclusive conversation among participants from all backgrounds. 

The most interesting and thought-provoking trip I’ve ever done
— Shayna, UC Berkeley

Developing Change(makers)

Ultimately, we hope to foster a vocal constituency of American Jews who are committed to finding solutions to the conflict. Extend programming aims to equip young people with ways to think about alternative futures in Israel and Palestine.

Extend was the most thought-provoking four days of my past year. Nothing can substitute for the experience of hearing directly from Palestinians and Israelis. Extend created a thoughtful context for us to hear those realities directly and carry them with us back to the U.S. to use in improved work for peace, freedom, and dignity for all people in Israel and Palestine.
— Sarah, Harvard University