Lederman to guide largest Israel student leadership body through spring 2024
Hillel International, the world’s largest Jewish campus organization, today announced the selection of Jillian Lederman, a rising senior at Brown University, to serve as chair of the Israel Leadership Network. Hillel’s Israel Leadership Network (ILN) is the largest pro-Israel student leadership body, consisting of more than 130 top student leaders representing more than 100 university campuses across the United States. Each of these leaders is personally recommended by their campus Hillel. The majority are also leaders of their campus Israel group, or the Israel Chair at their campus Hillel.
Lederman currently serves as ILN’s vice chair and will assume her new leadership role on July 1. With a goal of maintaining a thriving community for students who are committed to a vibrant, Jewish, and democratic Israel, these student advocates convene virtually to share best practices, incubate ideas and navigate challenges together.
“Elevating student leadership is a key part of how we effectuate our work in relation to Israel engagement and represents the fundamental mission of the Israel Leadership Network (ILN),” said Adam Lehman, president and CEO of Hillel International. “Under Jillian’s leadership, I have no doubt that ILN will continue to grow in the coming year as a vehicle for Israel student leaders to learn, inspire and connect with one another, strengthening the overall base of the next generation of advocates for Israel’s future.”
Complementing virtual programming, ILN hosts and recruits for several in-person leadership opportunities, including the Israel Summit, Content Creators Forum,, and iMission. All programming is exclusively student-run and serves the larger purpose of strengthening student leadership on positive Israel engagement and addressing anti-Israel activity on campus and online.
Reflecting on her appointment to lead the initiative in the coming academic year, Incoming ILN Chair Jillian Lederman shared, “I am absolutely thrilled and honored to serve as the Executive Chair of Hillel International’s Israel Leadership Network this coming year. The pro-Israel campus movement has inspired and infinitely enhanced my college experience, and it means the world to me to expand my involvement alongside hundreds of passionate and intelligent students from campuses across the country.”
Each Israel Leadership Network meeting includes an outside speaker or training activity, followed by a group discussion and peer learning opportunities. Past speakers have included Arizona State Rep. Conseulo Hernandez, former Chief International Spokesperson of the Israel Defense Forces Amnon Sheffler, and Amanda Berman of Zioness Movement. The Network has also heard from geopolitical experts Amb. Dennis Ross and David Makovsky, along with others.
The experience of being chair of the Hillel International Israel Leadership Network is something I will cherish for the rest of my life,” said outgoing ILN Chair Jasmine Beroukhim, “I am so excited that Jillian is taking over, and I am confident that ILN will reach new heights under her leadership.”
Learn more about Jillian here.