As immersion in Israeli society is a primary goal of the Fellowship, Fellows are expected to spend the full year in Israel. Trips throughout Israel are encouraged.
Trips must not interfere with DFI seminars or community study programs (in whole or in part). Fellows are urged to remain in Israel for all Jewish holidays.
OUTSIDE OF ISRAEL
Fellows may leave Israel for up to 21 days during the Fellowship Period, and are required to provide DFI Educators with advanced written notice of all time that will be spent outside of Israel during the Fellowship Period.
Travel to nations with whom the United States does not have diplomatic relations, and those listed by the US State Department as State sponsors of terror, is not permitted.
The DFI will always take as its first consideration the personal safety and security of the Fellows. With clear U.S. State Department and Israeli Security Services directives as our guide, we maintain a policy which is not based on our political views regarding The Palestinian Territories, but rather one which is designed to ensure the well-being of the members of our community. A Fellow who is "stranded" for whatever reason in a Palestinian town in the West Bank cannot be physically accessed by our Israeli staff members or, should it become necessary, by the Israeli security services. Although Fellows are welcome to study and understand the place of the Palestinians in the regional equation, our first concern will be security and safety.
Travel to nations with whom the United States does not have diplomatic relations, and those listed by the US State Department as terrorist nations, is not permitted. Travel to the Gaza Strip is also not permitted.
We urge Fellows, in the strongest terms possible, not to travel to Area A of the West Bank. If Fellows choose to travel to Area A, against the advice of the Dorot Fellowship in Israel and the Israeli and American Governments -- they will do so at their own risk.
Any travel to Area A will be counted against the 21 days allotted for travel outside of Israel and therefore cannot be paid for with the Learning Stipend.
A Dorot Fellow, with the advance written approval of the DFI Senior Educator, may travel to Areas B and C of the West Bank to participate in periodic and temporary experiences relevant to the Israel Learning component of the Personal Learning Program, in which event such approved travel will not count against the 21 days allotted for travel outside of Israel (and such travel may be paid for with the Learning Stipend).
A Dorot Fellow may not have regular or standing commitments to learn or volunteer in Areas B or C of the West Bank. Failure to comply with DFI Travel Policies may forfeit one’s status as a Fellow.