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From a leadership journey in Israel to a global community of allies

REALITY is a transformative learning journey through Israel for influential leaders who work at the forefront of societal innovation and share a commitment to leading positive change.  

These journeys are curated for leaders from diverse communities and backgrounds who work in a range of industries—from media to technology, food to music, design to social impact. Through an immersive experience, participants build their understanding of Israeli society while deepening their ability to lead on complex issues and connecting with peers from across the globe.

Following their journey, participants join a strong community of alumni committed to leadership, allyship, and continuous learning.  

350+

Influential leaders participating in 9 REALITY journeys each year.

3,000+

Global changemakers have experienced a REALITY journey since our launch in 2009.

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REALITY participants experience Israel for the very first time.

Our Journey Through Israel

REALITY Journey Through Israel


REALITY begins with a weeklong journey in Israel. Participants go beyond the headlines and sound bites to explore Israel firsthand and engage with the diverse people and communities shaping its society and culture today.  

Through this experience, participants hear multiple narratives and perspectives on the historical, social and political realities on the ground in Israel. They learn about and engage with the many interwoven stories, successes and challenges facing Israel and the surrounding region. They meet the people who are leading efforts to build a shared society in which diverse communities can live, work and thrive together. And they build knowledge, skills and lasting connections they bring home with them and can tap into to make a deeper impact through their work. 

As part of Schusterman Family Philanthropies’ shift to fully focus our resources in the U.S. on our grantmaking, REALITY is officially becoming part of our longtime grantee, itrek.
 

Our Next Chapter with itrek

itrek launched in 2011 with a mission to empower leaders to engage their networks in meaningful Israel experiences, fostering an understanding and appreciation of Israel’s unique culture, diversity and complex reality. More than 25,000 graduate students representing 130 nationalities from schools in the US, Canada and Europe have traveled to Israel through itrek.

Over the last two years, itrek expanded beyond graduate school students, piloting offerings to bring more professionals to Israel. In this next chapter, REALITY will become part of itrek’s wide range of offerings, contributing to itrek’s ongoing growth and providing even more leaders from a range of backgrounds with the opportunity to experience Israel and connect with changemakers across the globe.

Our Participants

REALITY journeys are designed for proven leaders who are committed to contributing responsibly and positively to their communities. Participants come from a wide range of backgrounds, sectors and geographies. Get to know some of the participants impacted by our REALITY journeys.

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Sarah Hurwitz

Author of Here All Along and Former Head Speechwriter for First Lady Michelle Obama

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This leadership experience was out of the box. REALITY provided a different and unforeseen lens. It took all of us out of our comfort and pushed the bounds of creativity by being in a country that has had to be innovative and think differently about how to begin to survive, move, create and build relationships within the context that it lives in.
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The REALITY Experience

REALITY program participants explore Israel on a journey.

REALITY Journeys

Our journeys bring leaders from diverse backgrounds, experiences and industries into community with each other to deepen their leadership skills and make lasting connections with peers committed to creating positive change.

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Alumni Community

As part of the REALITY community, alumni have access to exclusive offerings to connect through learning sessions, global travel journeys, regional hub communities and microgrants.

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Our Team

Our REALITY Team embodies our mission of cultivating and supporting leaders to contribute to a better world.

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Applying to REALITY

While our application process is primarily by referral, we are always interested in learning more about incredible people who share our commitment to changing the world. Complete our interest form to receive periodic updates from us. If there is an opportunity that seems aligned with your interests, a member of our team will be in touch to learn more about you.

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