WASHINGTON, D.C. – August 23, 2017 – Hillel International today announced that it has reached an agreement with The David Project to integrate the pro-Israel group into Hinenu, Hillel’s Israel Education and Engagement department.
The two organizations have a long-established partnership that will be formalized to serve the missions of both organizations. The David Project will strengthen its proven methodology for building diverse pro-Israel support on campus, while helping Hillel empower Jewish students on campus to create enduring connections to Israel.
“Hillel values the approach The David Project has taken to build strong relationships on campus with a wide array of students to strengthen the pro-Israel community,” said Hillel International President and CEO Eric D. Fingerhut. “This work complements Hillel’s vision of broadening the network of support for Israel throughout the campus. We are proud to incorporate The David Project into Hillel International and together grow this program to impact more students.”
The David Project reached 10,000 Jewish and non-Jewish students this past academic year on 45 campuses, cultivating student leaders and organizations as allies for Hillel and the pro-Israel community. The David Project trained activists to engage their peers on campus through individual conversations, group programming and The David Project’s “Israel Uncovered” mission. The David Project empowers 300 interns each year at Hillels to better articulate their support for Israel and reach out to their peers beyond the Jewish community.
“We are eager to begin this new chapter as part of Hillel,” said Phillip Brodsky, executive director of The David Project. “Our partnership with Hillel will strengthen our work so that we can continue to grow our movement of Jewish and non-Jewish students excited to talk about Israel and bring their communities together.”
The David Project will continue to be led and staffed by its current employees under the guidance of an advisory board to be created together with Hillel. It will gain access to Hillel’s operational, development and marketing infrastructure, management team, and vast campus network and partnerships.
The David Project and Hillel International have been close partners for more than five years, and currently work together on 45 campuses. The mission of The David Project will remain unchanged: empowering Jewish and non-Jewish student leaders to build mutually beneficial and enduring partnerships with diverse student organizations so that the Israel community is integrated and valued on campus
About Hillel International
Founded in 1923, Hillel has been enriching the lives of Jewish students for 90 years. Today, Hillel International is a global organization that welcomes students of all backgrounds and fosters an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel. Hillel is dedicated to enriching the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. As the largest Jewish student organization in the world, Hillel builds connections with emerging adults at more than 550 colleges and universities, and inspires them to direct their own path. During their formative college years, students are challenged to explore, experience, and create vibrant Jewish lives.
About The David Project
Founded in 2002, David Project empowers student leaders to build mutually beneficial and enduring partnerships with diverse student organizations so that the Israel community is integrated and valued on campus. The David Project works with 300 student interns on 45 campuses across the United States who cultivate student leaders and organizations as allies for Hillel and the pro-Israel community through individual conversations, group programming and travel opportunities. Since 2012, The David Project has sent more than 600 Jewish and non-Jewish students to Israel on its Israel Uncovered mission.
Vice President of Communications, Hillel International