Have questions about REALITY? We have the answers! Below you'll find responses to frequently asked questions regarding our journeys, application cycles, registration, flight process and more.


Who is eligible?
Eligibility varies from journey to journey. Please visit a specific journey’s “Apply” tab for eligibility requirements.  ROI members, Schusterman Fellows and REALITY alumni are not eligible to apply.
What are you looking for in a candidate?

Whether you’re a referrer or applicant, carefully consider the following:

1. Is the candidate influential through their professional position, credentials and/or social media following?
2. Will the candidate be an asset to the REALITY community through their expertise, leadership experience and commitment to repair the world?
3. Is the candidate someone reflective who desires to learn more about their connection with Israel/Jewish life?
4. Is the candidate from outside the referrer’s closest circles (family and/or partner)?

I'm interested in REALITY. What journeys are you offering this year?

Please visit our journeys page for an up-to-date list (journeys are subject to change).

I have friends I want to recommend for REALITY. What should I do?
If you'd like to recommend candidates for journeys that have either passed or are not yet accepting applications,  please have them complete our interest form. If you'd like to make recommendations for a journey currently open for applications, please share your referral code, which you should have received if you're an alumnus/a. However, not all our journeys are using a referral code system (check the individual journey application for requirements).
I'm an alumni and I forgot my referral code. How can I access it?
If you are a REALITY alumnus/a and you did not receive a code or cannot find the email with your code, you can access your code here.
I can't find the answer to my question(s). Who can I contact?
If you have questions about our journeys application process or any other general inquiries and you cannot find the answer in our FAQ section, please send an email to [email protected].
I have severe allergies. Are you able to accommodate?

In an effort to be inclusive and sensitive to our participants’ needs, we do our best to accommodate allergies throughout the journey experience. When an allergy is shared with our team, we gather as much information as possible from the participant(s) so we can notify and prepare our travel partner and vendors in advance of the group’s arrival. It is important to share this information with us as early as possible so we can do our best to make reasonable accommodations. As you can imagine, REALITY journeys are a dynamic environment, and we often visit locations that are not under our direct supervision.

As it relates to food allergies in particular, REALITY and restaurant staff double-check ingredients with food vendors and restaurants at each location throughout the experience and help participants identify the foods they are allowed to eat or any meals that were specially prepared. However, since we do not prepare the meals ourselves, we are unable to guarantee that allergy-related requests are fully implemented and that the meals provided haven’t come into contact with the allergy-causing food(s) or ingredient(s). Restaurants and food vendors in Israel are often less knowledgeable than their North American counterparts about accommodations for severe food allergies, especially as it relates to cross-contamination. Therefore, it is important for participants to also do their own double-checking with both REALITY and restaurant staff. To help with this, we can provide an allergy card written in English and Hebrew to share when necessary.  

In addition, we highly recommend getting comprehensive medical insurance and speaking with your doctor about what to bring and any relevant information you should know (e.g., to bring a minimum of four EpiPens).

Technical Difficulties

I haven't received the application questions in my inbox. What should I do?
If you filled in Part 1 of the application form and are waiting to receive the application questions to your inbox, check your spam folder. If you still do not find the email, email [email protected] If you do find the email, please make sure to whitelist [email protected] to prevent our emails from going into your spam folder.  Also, make sure you are checking the right email inbox (work/personal/other). 
I tried to submit my application/registration/travel form, and I got an error notification. What should I do?
If you get an error message when trying to submit a form, check to make sure that you are using the same email address you used to enter into the process. You must use the same email address throughout the entire process even if someone else is filling in the form(s) for you. If you are using the same email address, but you are still unable to submit, check to see that the spelling of your email address is correct. If you've checked both the email address and spelling and you are still having issues, email [email protected]


When do applications open?
Our journeys are divided into two application cycles beginning November 20 (Taste, Impact, Tech, Storytellers, Sports) and February 12 (Emerging, Community Builders, Revolve, Adelante, Empower, Music). REALITY Under 30 is not part of our standard application cycles. To express interest in a journey not currently open for applications, please submit our interest form. Please note that application cycles are subject to change each year. 
How do I apply for a REALITY journey that requires a code?
If you have a referral code from a REALITY alumnus/a, a friend of REALITY or a REALITY staff member, please visit the “Apply” tab of the journey you are interested in and follow the application link to enter your code to access the application. If you do not have a code, please visit the “Apply” tab of the journey you are interested in and request a code.  
I have a referral code; does that mean I’m automatically accepted?
A referral code does not mean you are automatically accepted. A referral code gives you access to the application and your acceptance to a REALITY journey is based on the strength of your application.
Can I apply for more than one REALITY experience?
You cannot apply for more than one REALITY experience. However, should we feel you are better suited for a different journey we may approach you about moving your application to that journey. Also keep in mind that these journeys are not based on interests, but on what you do. If you are an influencer in more than one field and you're unsure about which journey to apply for, reach out to [email protected] to consult on which journey would be the best fit for you.
If I do not get accepted, can I apply again next year?
If you are not accepted to a specific journey, you can apply again next year.
I’ve been waitlisted. What should I do?
While we understand that it is difficult to make arrangements for a potential last-minute acceptance, we do accept participants on the waitlist if spots become available.
I’m interested in a journey that has already passed. How can I express my interest for next year?
If applications have closed for the journey that you are interested in, please fill out the interest form
I’ve applied for a REALITY journey. How soon can I expect a response?
While we aim to review and decide on applications quickly, the process may take longer than expected. Once a decision is made, all applicants will be notified via email.


I’ve been accepted to a REALITY journey! What's next?
As soon as you receive acceptance to a REALITY journey, you must fill in the registration form and pay the registration fee before the specified deadline. Once you’ve completed the registration process you will receive an email with additional information including travel, itinerary, packing and more.
How do I pay the registration fee?
The registration form contains a link to an external form where you will be asked to complete the payment going to our travel partner. Please pay the registration fee before the deadline indicated on the form.
I am having trouble paying the registration fee. What should I do?
Please screenshot the problem and include an explanation and email it to [email protected].
I have a personal/work commitment before/after the journey, which I cannot get out of. Can I arrive late/leave early?
While we understand your situations, unfortunately, due to the nature of the experience, you will not be able to arrive after the group flight lands in Israel or leave before the group flight departs Israel. Each aspect of the program is crucial to the experience, which is why we do not make exceptions. 
If I have to withdraw from a journey, can I be refunded?
Once you confirm your participation, we begin incurring significant costs on your behalf. You will forfeit the registration fee if you withdraw your participation.
Is there a way I can connect with other participants before the journey starts?
You will receive an email with an invitation to join the private REALITY journey-specific Facebook group where you are encouraged to connect with other members of your cohort.

Flights and Insurance

How does the flight process work?
REALITY works with a fantastic travel agency that books all participant flights on our pre-booked group flights. Once you’ve registered, you will receive an email asking you to fill in a travel form.
I want to extend my time in Israel (before/after) REALITY. What should I do?
Once you register, you will receive a travel form that allows you to make a request to extend your stay in Israel. Please note that changes are first come, first served and we have a limited number of changes that can be made. If you want to deviate from the group flight, we strongly recommend completing the form as quickly as possible.
I need to return to a different destination from where I departed for REALITY. How can I make those arrangements?
If you are traveling during the time of REALITY or you need to return to a different destination for any reason, you need to communicate these plans to our travel agent. Once you receive your travel form you will be asked for your travel plans and our travel agent will work with you to find the best flights. 
I want to make a last-minute change to my flight. Is it possible?
We strongly encourage participants to finalize flight arrangements with our travel agent as soon as possible as changes are first come, first served and we have a limited number of changes that can be made. If you have not finalized your travel changes by deadline, you may be responsible for an increase in fare which can be quite costly the longer you wait.
Do I need a visa to travel to Israel?
US citizens do not need a visa. If you are traveling from outside the US, please check visa requirements at your local Israel consulate as soon as you have been accepted on a REALITY journey to ensure you are able to obtain any documents necessary to travel to Israel.
My passport expires in less than 6 months from the start of the experience. Do I need to renew?
You must renew your passport if it expires less than 6 months from the start of the experience, even if it’s by a single day.
Does REALITY cover travel health insurance?
All participants receive basic health insurance, but it is highly recommended that you purchase comprehensive travel-health insurance.
Do I need any vaccinations to travel to Israel?
You do not require any vaccinations to travel to Israel.