Hillel at Baruch College
Jewish students at Baruch College.
has received two, separate $10,000 grants from the NADAV Foundation and the UJA-Federation of New York for a semester-long program in conjunction with Hillels in Israel and Ukraine.
The program, called Kol Hillel, will bring Jewish students from across the globe together to learn about Jewish peoplehood and to bring those lessons back to their campuses and communities. "I am thrilled that Hillel at Baruch can help take the lead in implementing this vision of global Jewish peoplehood in such a unique way," says Hillel at Baruch Executive Director Matthew Vogel.
Over one week this summer, Kol Hillel participants will tour Jewish Ukraine, participate in a community service project that is relevant to local needs, meet with students and professional staff of Jewish organizations in Kiev, and celebrate Shabbat together. The program will start with five students and one staff member from each of the three schools and expand to 10 students in the following year.
Kol Hillel aims to foster awareness among students and Hillel professionals of the global Jewish community in order to jumpstart discussions on campuses about Jewish identity and peoplehood. The program also aims to educate Hillel students and staff about the global Hillel community.
Based in Israel, The NADAV Foundation works to support organizations working to strengthen Jewish identity and unity across the globe. The foundation aims to create, "a vibrant Jewish present and future in which Jews, wherever they live, feel connected and committed to one another, to our shared history and to our common destiny." UJA-Federation is the world's largest local philanthropy, raising funds that sustain the activities of more than 100 health, human-service, educational, and community-building agencies. Every day, these community-based organizations provide a multitude of services that combat poverty, help the elderly age with dignity, promote Jewish identity and renewal, strengthen children and families, and open doors to those with disabilities and special needs.Written by David Meyer, first-year student at the University of Maryland and Hillel communications intern.