What is Extend?

Extend programs introduce participants to internationally recognized Palestinian and Israeli human rights and civil society leaders. Specific itineraries change, but each program includes:

Palestinian human rights leaders

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


Israeli Civil Society

Conversations with leaders in human rights protection, media, and the arts. Extend programs meet Breaking the Silence, B'Tselem, Haaretz, +972, and others.

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.


Palestinian Citizens of Israel

Meaningful exchange with Israel's religious and racial minorities, who make up more than one-fifth of all citizens.

Multiple Perspectives

Extend strives to expose students to a wide range of voices at the forefront of human rights advocacy in Israel-Palestine.

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

Respectful Consideration

Extend programs are designed to navigate 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)

Extend participants have become leaders in J Street U, If Not Now, Open Hillel, and many other advocacy organizations working to empower Israeli and Palestinian human rights leaders.

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