Hillel International Student Cabinet Application

Student Cabinet.

Representing over 550 Hillels globally, the Hillel International Student Cabinet serves as a source of student voice, feedback, and guidance to the greater Hillel movement. The Cabinet values diversity and inclusion in its commitment to serving Hillel's vision of inspiring every Jewish student to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel. We encourage applicants from a diversity of Jewish background and experience who are excited by Hillel's mission and are willing to commit time and energy to help build a strong Jewish college student movement.

Each student is expected to:

  • Be available for a Skype interview the week of June 5
  • Participate in an in-person Student Cabinet meeting held each semester. The fall 2017 meeting will take place September 15-17 in the Washington, D.C. area; all expenses covered 
  • Commit to a minimum of five hours of work per month, including monthly conference calls
  • Commit to a one year term (Fall 2017 to Spring 2018)
  • Be a full time undergraduate student in good academic standing during the Fall 2017 to Spring 2018
    academic school year  
  • Understand Hillel’s mission and vision are as follows:
    • Mission: Enriching the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world
    • Vision: We envision a world where every student is inspired to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel
  • Seek to make decisions based on the interests of the larger diverse Jewish student population
  • Applicant is comfortable prioritizing this Student Cabinet position as one of the top two commitments they have on campus outside of academics
  • Make a contribution to Hillel International. Student members are expected to give a minimum gift of $100 to go towards offsetting the costs of Student Cabinet activities. This can be done through a personal gift or fundraising. We do not discriminate based on socioeconomic status. We look forward to helping anyone throughout the fundraising process to meet this goal. If you have questions or concerns please contact Ruth Ferguson at rferguson@hillel.org

A competitive applicant is great at:

  • Listening to everyone’s opinions and asking the right questions to keep the conversation going
  • Uncovering commonalities even when the situation or group seems divergent or fragmented
  • Translating out their ideas and brainstorms to convert them into learnable experiences
  • Cultivating relationship with a large, diverse group of friends and connections
  • Dreaming big and turning their passion into action

A completed application includes submission of the following materials:

  • Online application form
  • Resume
  • Recommendation from one professional who has seen applicant in a leadership role and can speak to their abilities submitted to rferguson@hillel.org
  • Nominations from 15 students



  • What is the timeline?

  • I did not attend or participate in Jewish day school, summer camp, or a youth group. Will that hurt my application? Why are you asking me about how I identify Jewishly?

  • Will I be disqualified if I choose to study abroad during my term on the cabinet?

  • English is not my first language, can I fill out my application in another language?

  • I hear I need to get 15 nominations from Jewish college students. What does this mean? Do they all have to be from my campus?

  • My school does not have a Hillel, can I still apply?

  • Does my recommendation need to be from a Hillel professional?

  • What is the $100 donation we are expected to make?