Hillel Israel seeks to emphasize the relevance of a pluralistic Jewish life to today’s Israeli students and young adults, inspiring them to explore their Jewish identity and to feel a sense of belonging to “The Global Jewish People.” The only non-denominational and apolitical Jewish student organization in Israel, Hillel Israel provides students with leadership development, educational programs and volunteering opportunities, which increase their sense of commitment to Jewish Pluralism and Jewish Peoplehood in Israel.
Hillel Israel’s key challenge is to help Israeli students realize that Judaism is not solely a religion – it is also a culture, a people, a set of values - and that Judaism is more varied, rich and beautiful than they had ever thought possible. Israelis, chief among them student-leaders - the future leaders of Israeli society - need to understand why this is so critical for the character of Israel as a Jewish AND democratic state, and for Israel to remain a home for ALL Jews wherever they are.
University students, being at a point in their lives when they are making decisions about their lives as adults and shaping the way they will build their future and families, are at a pivotal crossroad. As such, it is a critical time to help them explore their identities and deepen their Jewish connections.
We do not know who our leaders will be in 10-20 years, but we know where they are now… on campus.
And Hillel Israel is the Jewish bridge to tomorrow’s leaders.
Hillel Israel operates in seven centers across Israel: Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Haifa University, Technion–Israel Institute of Technology, Tel Hai College in the upper Galilee, and Sapir Academic College in Sderot, the Negev.
Hillel Israel is the Israeli constituency of Hillel International, the world’s largest global Jewish student organization. Hillel Israel engages over 20,000 Israeli students each year in meaningful Jewish experiences and partners with over 100 organizations in Israel and abroad.