Hillel in Israel
offers a unique vehicle for Jewish experiences, cultural expressions, and social change in Israeli society, engaging and empowering young adults to explore and identify their Judaism in a way that resonates with them. University is one of the only times in Israeli's lives when they have the freedom and opportunity to explore a sense of Jewish identity and practice in a relatively safe and pluralistic environment. The social and ideological fissures of Israeli society are often reflected and played out on the campuses of Israeli universities through:
• Jewish Renaissance
• Israeli Culture
• Leadership Training
Individual Hillels are described below, but you can also visit the Hillels in Israel web site
Hillel at Ben Gurion University
Ben Gurion University in the Negev has already had a big impact on student campus life by encouraging students to take ownership of their Jewish identity. BGU Hillel began building relationships with the various university departments and student organizations in order to work together to bring meaningful programs to the student population. Hillel at Ben Gurion University provides a supportive atmosphere for students to stop by and share their Jewish story.
For more details, email director Assaf Ovadia or visit Ben Gurion University Hillel's website in Hebrew.
Hillel at Hebrew University
Hebrew University has had a long and successful history, helping generations of Jewish students to connect with their Jewish identity through cutting edge programming. Located in Beit Hillel on the Mt. Scopus campus and recently expanded to engage students at the Givat Ram campus as well, Hillel in Jerusalem offers a wide variety of unique programs for all types of students.
For more details, email director Heli Tabibi or visit Hebrew University Hillel's website in Hebrew.
Hillel at Tel Aviv University
While studying at Tel Aviv University, students are offered a variety of options for academic excellence, but there are very few social and cultural venues where they can find a sense of community on this large commuter campus of 29,000 students.
Hillel has a unique challenge at TAU to engage students, many of whom are openly suspicious toward anything relating to the Jewish religion. Hillel strives to create an environment in which students feel secure to approach, explore, and take "ownership" of their Judaism.
Activities at Tel Aviv Hillel include community service, Jewish learning and celebration, arts and culture, and student engagement and leadership. For example, TAU's Rock & Text program examines the overlaps between Jewish texts and popular culture; CoolNoa analyzes Jewish values in contemporary films; Eishet Chayil focuses on women's issues in Jewish life; Osim Chagim sponsors text study and celebrations of the Jewish holidays; and Ami"t trains Israeli students to be student leaders in Hillel centers in North and South America.
For more details, email director Pnina Gaday or visit Tel Aviv Hillel's website in Hebrew.
Haifa Hillel is a unique community-based center, serving the universities and college campuses in the city of Haifa. With a beautiful Hillel center on Mount Carmel and offices at Haifa University and the Technion, Hillel offers programs to students from all the schools in the area.
A sampling of the programs at Haifa Hillel includes: the Chaim Be'seret film series exploring Jewish identity; a Jewish social leadership project; the Speaking Poetry piyut project; Derech Eretz Insights on Israel; a beit midrash for the Jewish calendar; and an Island of Tzedek, in which students work to raise public awareness of social issues.
For more details, email director Yonatan Barkan or visit Haifa Hillel's website in Hebrew.
Hillel at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya
Hillel was established at IDC in 2005 and has since become a haven on campus where students can express their Jewish identity, develop leadership skills, explore their Jewish heritage, and learn how they can help shape a more tolerant and caring society in Israel.
Hillel programs at IDC include a pluralistic beit midrash, Friday night dinners, a kabbala workshop, mifgashim between Israeli and overseas students, and a study group that explores Jewish texts from a woman's perspective.
For more details, email director Yuval Ben-Hai.
Hillel at Sapir College in S'derot
Sapir College is located in S'derot, a vibrant city in southern Israel that has endured missile attacks for the last six years. Hillel opened a center in Sapir in fall 2007, to give students a warm, comfortable place to discuss the issues that matter to them, support one another and the surrounding community, and share meaningful Jewish experiences.
On Chanuka 2007, Hillel Sapir launched a solidarity project called Light a Candle with S'derot, in which they invited Jews from around the world to dedicate their thoughts and prayers to the people of S'derot and the western Negev on one night of Chanuka. Read more >
Activities at Hillel Sapir include music events with local musicians, a mentoring project with youth at risk who work in a local café on condition that they remain in school, and volunteer work in strengthening the defenses of S'derot.
For more details, email director Eyal Mazliah.
Hillel at Emek Yezreel College
Hillel at Emek Yezreel College in Afula was founded in winter 2007 and is establishing itself as a presence on campus. One of their opening events was a public awareness-raising program in behalf of Israel's kidnapped soldiers, with guest speakers including members of the soldiers' families.
For more details, email director Yaniv Binyamini.
Hillel at Tel Hai College
Tel Hai College is located in Kiryat Shmona, near Israel's northern border. The new Hillel center at Tel Hai is a welcome addition to student life on the northern periphery, offering students a variety of Jewish programs including a pluralistic beit midrash, a lecture series, and Jewish holiday celebrations. Hillel Tel Hai was introduced to the community in fall 2007 with a Winter Festival featuring local musicians in concert and jam session.
For more details, email director Talia Itzkowitz.