Hillel International announced today the launch of the inaugural Israeli StudenTour, a program that will provide more Jewish students with an opportunity to build connections to Israel and Israelis. Ten Israeli students are beginning a tour of eight American college campuses this week to spark discussion and learning about Israel across the East Coast.
The ten students were recruited to serve as representatives from Hillels at universities across Israel. They will share with their American counterparts personal insights about Israeli culture and what it means to be Israeli. This initiative is part of Hillel International’s core mission to strengthen Jewish identity by helping students build connections to the Jewish homeland and the global Jewish people.
“In the past, Taglit-Birthright Israel trips have been a critical tool for meeting our mission of fostering students’ relationships with the Jewish state,” said Shelly Kedar, Hillel International’s Vice President for Israel Engagement and Education. “The Israeli StudenTour inverts the traditional educational model by bringing Israelis to American college campuses. What better way to learn and promote Israeli culture than from the students who live and breathe it daily?”
Israeli StudenTour begins on February 12 and concludes on February 22. The delegation will travel to North Carolina State University, the University of Virginia, Haverford University, CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Brown University, Northeastern University, Boston University, and University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Learn more about Israeli StudenTour on YouTube and in the video below, and follow the hashtag #Israelistudentour on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.