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

Applicant FAQs

Can you tell me more about the REALITY journey?

Please visit our website for more details. Review our Community Values and Code of Conduct to understand expectations of participants. 

What journeys are you offering this year and when are they?

Click here for a list of journeys and dates, including sample itineraries.

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 have asked alumni to refrain from nominating past or present participants of other Schusterman Foundation programs (e.g. ROI Community and Schusterman Fellows). To help us achieve the even greater diversity we’re seeking this year, we have also asked alumni to refrain from nominating anyone who is a partner or sibling of a REALITY alum. Please note that we are actively exploring substantive ways to include partners and siblings in the REALITY community. 

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.

How do I apply for REALITY?

Applicants were referred by our alumni community and selected referrals were then invited to apply. Due to a high volume of referrals that we received, we were not able to invite all to apply - and even fewer will be selected for a REALITY journey.

I received an invitation to apply. What do I do now?

Please make sure to complete the application using the link you received in your email. The deadline to apply is December 4, 2018 at 11:59pm EST.
 

I was notified by a REALITY alum that I have been invited to apply but I have not received the link for the 2019 journey application. What should I do?

Please check your inbox for an email with the subject line “You're invited to apply for a REALITY 2019 Journey to Israel.” If you cannot find it, email [email protected] so we can make sure you recieve the application link. If you do find the email, please make sure to whitelist [email protected] to prevent our emails from going into your spam folder. 

I am having technical difficulties with the application. Who can I email?

Please email [email protected], and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 
 

What’s the application and selection process timeline?

Selected candidates were sent an invitation to apply on November 16 and the deadline to apply is December 4, 2018 at 11:59pm EST. Notifications will be sent by February 2019. 

I was waitlisted last year. Can I apply this year?

This year, applicants were referred by our alumni community and selected referrals were then invited to apply. Due to a high volume of referrals that we received, we were not able to invite all to apply - and even fewer will be selected for a REALITY journey.

I was accepted for a 2018 journey but withdrew. Can I apply this year?

We are sorry you were not able to participate in 2018. Please check the dates and journey descriptions and then send an email to [email protected] by November 29 with the journey in which you want to participate. Please note that there is not a guaranteed acceptance if you withdrew last year.

If I am accepted for a 2019 journey, what are the next steps?

Once accepted onto a 2019 journey, you will be responsible for completing registration and travel forms by the assigned deadlines, as well as paying the registration fee. Please note that in order to get the full potential of the REALITY experience, participants must participate on the journey from the beginning to end and cannot arrive late or leave early.

How physically rigorous is the journey?

REALITY is a fairly rigorous and jam-packed program with little downtime. The group is on the move from morning until night. Many of the activities are outside with fairly high temperatures, as well as some hiking and long bus rides. Please note that in order to get the full potential of the REALITY experience, participants must participate on the journey from the beginning to end.

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. If accepted, it is important that you 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 participants with allergies obtain comprehensive medical insurance and speak with your doctor about what to bring and any relevant information you should know (e.g., to bring a minimum of four EpiPens).

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]

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?

The 2019 referral window has closed. Based on community feedback, this year we implemented an invitation to apply process. Alumni were able to refer up to three nominees for any of the ten journeys, and selected referrals were then invited to apply. Due to a high volume of referrals that we received, we were not able to invite all to apply - and even fewer will be selected for a REALITY journey.

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 or another alum’s 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 our alumni have highly accomplished, extremely talented partners and family members in their 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 alumni’s partners and siblings in the REALITY community, so stay tuned for further details.

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.

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 deadline for submitting referrals was October 30. Thank you to those who submitted!

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

In November, you will receive an email with a form link to access 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.