ISRAEL & HILLEL
At Cleveland Hillel we believe in the importance of Israel as one of the many core elements of Jewish life, and value our obligation to provide a wide range of programmatic, educational, advocacy, and travel opportunities to allow our students many diverse ways to learn about and engage with Israel. Hundreds of our students have visited Israel on Birthright trips over the years, and we are proud of the fact that these trips allow our students to explore what Israel means to them.
Cleveland Hillel recognizes that our students represent a wide range of feelings about and relationships with Israel, and we do our best to make our building and our programs represent this rich diversity within our community. We strive to provide our students many chances to “explore and build an enduring relationship with Israel,” in the words of Hillel International’s Guidelines for Campus Israel Activities.
To do so, we work hard to make Hillel a place that offers meaningful conversation, learning resources, and spiritual context within which to explore Israel and what it means to all of us. We are proud of the pluralistic community here at Cleveland Hillel, and our staff is fully committed to Israel programming and Israel dialogue that will always remain safe, civil, and supportive.
get involved with israel on campus
Hillel provides many opportunities throughout the year for our students to engage with Israel on their campuses. From speakers to Israel Fests and everything in between, we aim to provide a diversity of Israel programs. For more information regarding Israel activities on your campus, please visit the campus page.
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There are so many ways for you to get to Israel! Scroll through the list below or
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Birthright Israel: Discover Israel with Cleveland Hillel!
Birthright Israel is an innovative partnership between the people of Israel through the Government of Israel, private philanthropists through the Birthright Israel Foundation, and Jewish communities around the world (North American Jewish Federations, Keren Hayesod, and The Jewish Agency for Israel). This 10-day free trip is a gift from Birthright Israel and appropriate for all Jewish Backgrounds.
Cleveland Hillel hosts a Winter Birthright Trip. To preregister, click here!
onward israel cleveland
The goal of Onward Israel is to provide participants with an immersive and transformative resume building experience in Israel, featuring opportunities such as internships, service learning, academic courses, and fellowships.
Onward Israel Cleveland is 8 weeks long and based out of Tel Aviv.
For more information, email Mirit at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Masa Israel Journey
Masa Israel Journey offers young adults between the ages of 18 and 30 immersive and life-changing gap year, study abroad, post-college, and volunteer experiences in Israel, connecting them to programs that meet their interests, offering scholarships, providing expertise, and supporting them throughout the entire process.
Masa Israel is a joint project of the Government of Israel and the Jewish Agency for Israel that is made possible by the generous contributions of the Jewish Federations of North America and Keren Hayesod-UIA.
For more information about Study Abroad, please contact your campus Study Abroad Office.
Based in Chicago, KAHAL was founded in 2013 to serve as the American voice to the international Jewish student community. Jewish students abroad can connect with one another while they're abroad to make it an even better time. Kahal also emphasizes getting Jewish study abroad alumni involved on campus.
Founder and Executive Director Alex Jakubowski says “Over the past two years we’ve set out to build a community—American and international Jewish students meeting and learning from each other around the world."
For more information about KAHAL, click here.
yahel israel service learning
The Yahel Social Change Program is a unique 9-month service learning experience for young adults between the ages of 21 and 27. The program combines hands-on volunteer work with in-depth learning and immersion. Participants are placed in either the city of Lod or the Ramat Eliyahu neighborhood in Rishon LeZion, working with diverse communities such as the Ethiopian-Israeli, Arab-Israeli, and others.
For more information about Yahel, click here.
If you want your Israel program to be featured on our page, please email Madison.