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.

Alumni Referrers FAQs

What journeys are you offering this year?

In 2019, we are offering the following REALITY journeys: Adelante, Design, Impact, Music, Sports & Wellness, Reboot, Revolve, Storytellers, Taste, Tech, Travel and Venture. Please note: the recruitment process for Reboot and Revolve is not yet open. Click here for a full list.

How do I refer someone to apply for REALITY?

Based on community feedback, this year we are implementing a more curated “invite to apply” application process. Alumni should fill out a brief referral form for each nominee (up to three people), which can be accessed using your member login on the Schusterman Foundation website. Click here to log in and get started. In November, we will let you know which of your referrals have been invited to apply.

Who is eligible to apply?

REALITY participants reflect the cultural richness, open-mindedness and spirit of innovation inherent in Israel itself. They are acclaimed, cutting-edge leaders in their field — changemakers, entrepreneurs, founders and innovators with demonstrated abilities to harness their influence and transform their industries, while also having the potential to use their talents to spark positive change in the world.

REALITY journey candidates should represent a wide range of ethnicities, races, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities and life experiences, bringing their unique perspectives to their work and enriching the REALITY landscape. They should embrace our Core Values and Code of Conduct.

They are between the ages of 25 and 40, represent a wide range of cultural backgrounds and life experiences, and have an interest, but not yet a personal and/or professional connection to Israel. REALITY is an entry point into the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Foundation, and we are bringing fresh new voices into the Schusterman network. Therefore, we ask that you refrain from nominating past or present participants of other Schusterman Foundation programs (e.g. ROI Community and Schusterman Fellows).

Building geographic density enables our community to self organize and collaborate. There is a primary focus on growing our hubs in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Miami, San Francisco, and Washington, DC and sustaining our hubs in New York City and Los Angeles.

Can I refer my spouse/partner and/or sibling?

This year is all about celebrating different perspectives and bringing fresh, new voices to the REALITY table— and we want to ensure that people from all walks of life have the opportunity to connect with Israel, and that our growing REALITY network reflects the diversity of our world. We know that many of you have highly accomplished, extremely talented partners and family members in your lives; however, to help us achieve the even greater diversity we’re seeking this year, we ask that you refrain from nominating them. We are actively exploring substantive ways to include your partners and siblings in the REALITY community, so stay tuned for further details.

Can I refer someone I don’t know personally but think would make a fantastic addition to the REALITY community?

Yes, please do! Just let us know how you heard about that person and why you think they’d be a great candidate.

Help! I am having trouble logging in to the website.

Make sure you enter the email address to which you receive REALITY updates. If you do not have a password, or are unsure of your password, click “Request new password.” You should then receive an email with instructions for updating your password. If you do not see a message from us (and you've checked your spam folder), please contact [email protected] for assistance.

Should I reach out to my referral before filling out the referral form?

That is completely up to you! You are free to reach out to your nominees to gauge their interest in REALITY and their availability to participate. Please note that we expect a high volume of referrals and therefore cannot guarantee that all of your referred candidates will be invited to apply — and even fewer will be selected for a REALITY journey.

I don’t know my referral code. What is it?

No sweat! This year, we are not using the referral code system in our recruitment process. Instead, alumni should fill out a brief referral form for each nominee (up to three people), which can be accessed using your member login on the Schusterman Foundation website. Click here to log in and get started.

How many people can I refer?

You can refer up to three people, total. You can refer your candidates for any of the 2019 REALITY journeys, based on their skills and professional accomplishments — just make sure to keep it to three or fewer. We encourage you to consider candidates for different journeys. Please complete the brief referral form, which can be accessed through your member login on the Schusterman website. This form will be available from October 15 - 30.

What happens if my referral was waitlisted or rejected in the past?

Any candidate who has previously applied or been referred is still eligible to be included as one of your three candidates on your referral form. Please note that we expect a high volume of referrals and therefore cannot guarantee that all of your referred candidates will be invited to apply — and even fewer will be selected for a REALITY journey.

What happens if my referral was accepted last year but had to withdraw?

Please ask them to check the dates and journey descriptions and then send an email to [email protected] by November 29 with the journey in which they want to participate. Please note that there is not a guaranteed acceptance if they withdrew last year.

What is the deadline for sending in my referrals?

The referral deadline is Tuesday, October 30. You can nominate up to three candidates using our referral form, which can be accessed using your member login on the Schusterman website.

I can’t decide which journey my referral is best suited for. What should I do?

If you feel that your referred candidate is eligible for more than one REALITY journey, please select the journey that you think best fits their skills and professional experiences. You are also welcome to include a comment on your referral form that lists the other journeys that may suit your candidate, and share additional details. Candidates are not paired with journeys based on their interests, but on their industry expertise.

How will I know if my referral was selected to apply?

In November, you will receive an email with the name(s) of your referrals who are invited to apply for a REALITY journey. At that time, we will ask you to give them a heads up that they will be receiving an application link from REALITY. They will receive an email from us with the application link. You will be able to check the status of your referrals by logging into the Schusterman website.

I already submitted one referral, but now I have another referral to submit. What do I do?

You can submit additional referrals (up to three total) by logging into the Schusterman website, update your referral form and resubmit it. Remember the deadline to submit your completed referral form is Tuesday, October 30.