GDC Israel - Grow Discover Connect

GROUNDBREAKING four month educational adventure develops and enriches your professional and personal skills

Grow in your Jewish identity and a feeling of shared destiny

Discover the tools, skills, and knowledge for personal and professional advancement

Connect with professional and occupational opportunities

JIJ, is offering a four month interdisciplinary

program of both educational and practical experience.


GDC Israel provides a holistic approach for young Jews in the diaspora that are interested  in strengthening their Jewish identity, deepening their connection to Israel, and developing their professional and personal skills.

Participants acquire the necessary knowledge and tools to achieve a meaningful career while being immersed in the complexities of daily life in Israel.


GDC Israel is a interdisciplinary program of both educational and practical experience.

GDC Israel provides a holistic approach for young Jews in the diaspora that are interested in strengthening their Jewish identity and deepening their professional and personal skills.

Participants acquire the necessary knowledge and tools to achieve a meaningful career while being immersed in the complexities of daily life in Israel.

The comprehensive GDC Israel academic program goes deep into the current international landscape. Students meet with lawmakers, social activists, and are exposed to a variety of perspectives both historical and contemporary. The course includes diverse workshops which enhance the professionalism of participants, showing them how to operate at the global level and effectively communicate for a cause.

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GDC Will give you the Opportunity to:


Develop your own functional advocacy campaign with the guidance and support of experienced professionals through a series of workshops.


Hear firsthand experience regarding the do’s and don’ts for advocating on behalf of human rights locally and internationally using Israel as a case study.


Network with former and current lawmakers, politicians, policymakers and ambassadors.


Take theory and history from lectures, and with the assistance of world-renowned advocacy experts, apply it to real-world issues.

GDC Israel Outline





The comprehensive curriculum covers relevant topics: Israel’s unique characteristics in the global political landscape, the influence of key international players on Israel’s international politics and civil society. 

The program is led by Dr. Jeremie Bracka, an experienced professional who has held key positions in the international arena, and is academia at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. 








During the first eight weeks, the core  of the curriculum is a series of public speaking workshops instructed by the leading institute in Israel. The eight workshops offer the participants a complete set of tools and skills: oratory, messaging and advanced communications proficiencies.

GDC Israel graduates enjoy a significant advantage in the competitive and ever-changing working world.



The second part of the program focuses on practical work and achieving field experience. Equipped with their new knowledge and expertise, the participants are incorporated into the leading internship program of the Jerusalem Institute of Justice, where they put theory into practice. They participate in the daily work of a prominent organization and experience the career world up close. The participants take part in research, writing, and the promotion of different projects that focus on strengthening Israel.


A common destiny


Israel faces a wide range of challenges in the international arena we believe these challenges require the adoption of a proactive approach, joining forces, and reaching creative solutions. GDC Israel was designed as an innovative and professional program for self-empowerment.

It provides the infrastructure to foster the leadership potential in the next generation of influencers and works towards advancing Israel’s interests in the international arena. GDC Israel embodies the values and educational vision of Masa and specifically their Maslool program and meets the highest standards.

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GDC Israel Team

Dr. Jeremie Bracka - Academic Manager

Dr. Jeremie M Bracka is a human rights lawyer and academic at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law (Heidelberg). Jeremie has been published widely in the Oxford University Press, the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law and the Melbourne Journal of International law..

Guy Yariv - Public Speaking Instructor

Guy Yariv’s School of Public Speaking, est. in 2007, is Israel’s oldest, largest, and most professional institute for rhetorical and presentation skills. It has a reputation for excellence that has attracted hundreds of organizations including the Foreign Ministry, colleges, universities, and candidates from across the political spectrum.

Vered Solan - Career Consultant

Vered Solan is an organizational development expert, career coach and public speaker with more than 20 years of leadership, organizational development, and human resource management in the corporate world.

Adv. Uri Morad - Director

Adv. Uri Morad was born, raised, and married in Israel, and now serves as the Director of JIJ’s International Law & Public Diplomacy Department. For Uri, as a former Givati Brigade combat soldier of the IDF, the suffering of others is not just a theoretical concept. Uri brings his enthusiasm for the law, human rights, and legal advocacy to JIJ’s international efforts and the intern program.

Fees and Expenses

All fees and expenses listed below are quoted in US Dollars.

Cost of program: $
Application fee: $

* Application fee to the programs is non-refundable


  • No. The course and all materials will be taught fully in English
  • Psst! Nearly everyone in Israel speaks English
  • Eligibility:  Students or college graduates from a variety of fields looking to kick-start their careers, build their networks, and have an authentic Israeli experience.  Candidates are not required to have previous experience
  • Application Requirements:
    • Application Form
    • CV
    • Phone interviews
  • Our coordinator is available for participants to reach out to directly; contact information will be available at the start of the program
  • Psst! Additionally, JIJ and Maslool, (both located in Jerusalem) will also have contacts available for questions, concerns, and support throughout the program

The program is four months – please contact us for specific dates

  • A visa is necessary. 
  • Psst! If you are looking to spend extra time in Israel for travel or extended study at the completion of the course, you will need to look into your country’s Israel-visa requirements

The work week in Israel runs Sunday through Thursday.

Weekends (Friday & Saturday) are available free time to spend at your leisure

  • Every Saturday, in celebration of Shabbat, there are multiple closings to be aware of
    In addition to many shops and public places, almost all public transportation shuts down from Friday afternoon through Saturday night
  • Psst! There are many taxis and private modes of travel still operating throughout Shabbat, however, a little research will quickly alert you as to what is and is not open on Saturdays
    Let this inform any travel plans ahead of time

Jerusalem Institute of Justice

The Jerusalem Institute of Justice (JIJ) is an Israeli legal and research institute dedicated to cultivating and defending human rights, the rule of law and democracy.

Established in 2004, JIJ operates both internationally and domestically. We work to uphold freedoms in the region by submitting charges of the gravest crimes to international tribunals and governmental bodies.

JIJ’s International Law and Public Diplomacy Department stands at the forefront of Israel’s struggle to maintain its standing among the international community.

We use the legal and advocacy tools at our disposal in order to confront the most complex issues.

Our in-depth research, legal expositions, memos and position papers have impacted the lives of millions around the world and are presented before the International Criminal Court in The Hague, the Israeli Parliament, the United Nations and governmental offices

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