Living Arrangements


Fellows may live anywhere within the Sovereign State of Israel, though all Fellows must be able to attend all DFI Weekly Seminars, which are typically in the center of the country (Jerusalem and Tel Aviv).

Fellows are expected to make their own living arrangements in Israel and are urged to live with Israelis. Fellows begin the Program Year with a two-week Orientation: one week in the U.S., followed by one week in Israel. Upon completion of the Orientation, Fellows will be given accommodations for a brief period during which they must arrange their permanent living situation.

Detailed information about how to identify living arrangements are provided to Fellows upon their acceptance to the program.


The DFI begins in the US on August 2, 2020. All Fellows must be available to participate from the outset and attend both the North American and Israel orientations, which are mandatory.

If you have concerns regarding your availability, please be in touch with Marsha Rice at during the application process. 

A full program calendar will be made available to Fellows upon acceptance to the program. The program is scheduled to end in Israel, in early June.


The following is made available to newly selected Fellows:

  • A DFI (suggested) Bibliography
  • Tips on finding housing (PLEASE NOTE: While the DFI provides information about how past Fellows have successfully found housing, Fellows themselves are responsible for investigating and choosing their living arrangements.)
  • Information regarding health insurance
  • A database of all previous Fellows’ learning and volunteer activities, including contact information