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What Is Machon Kaplan?

Machon Kaplan is an internship program for undergraduate students interested in Judaism and social justice. Based in Washington, D.C., it provides students with a meaningful social justice internship, the opportunity to engage in study related to their internships and and making change more broadly, as well as an open reflective community with whom to share their experience. Students learn, through study and action, the interrelationship of Judaism and American ideals, as well as how change happens. 


  • Social Action Internships
    Three full days and one half day each week are spent in internships at advocacy nonprofits across the city or the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. For a list of organizations where Machon Kaplan interns have worked in the past, click here.
  • Study
    Meet top people in their field and make connections. Several mornings/evenings each week are dedicated to specially designed learning offered only to program participants. Topics will include how to be an effective advocate, understanding the jargon of Washington, and studying Jewish values .
  • Community Life
    Students participate together in social, cultural, and religious events. A highlight of each week is the group’s Shabbat celebration.
  • Washington, D.C.
    ​Through formal and informal experiences, students will explore the Greater Washington area and will have the opportunity to hear from leading speakers on contemporary issues and will tour museums, synagogues, and monuments.

More information about the program