The concept of the global social network is as old as the Jewish people. Jewish literature is a record of the conversations among scholars across borders and generations. Today, electrons have replaced parchment and information is shared instantaneously around the world with the touch of a smartphone key.
Hillel’s network starts on campuses and in communities where young people serve as “connectors” who create mini-communities of their Jewish peers. These mini-communities are tied together into local Hillels that collaborate with one another locally, regionally and internationally. Meanwhile, student relationships forged during Taglit-Birthright Israel trips and alternative breaks are sustained on Facebook. Professionals from different countries train together, both in-person and virtually. Philanthropists from one nation support Hillel’s work in another. Hillel’s international network of students, professionals and lay leaders is the latest manifestation of the concept of klal yisrael, global Jewish peoplehood.
In 2011, Hillel added thousands to its worldwide community of students and supporters. This annual report tells their story and celebrates the global social network that is Hillel.