UR Hillel encourages students to learn about, travel to, and develop a personal connection with Israel, past and present.
We actively support student travel to Israel, and are proud to provide two Taglit Birthright-Israel trips a year, one in the winter and one in the summer. These trips are a great way for students to connect to Israel and Judaism in an immersive way. While we are not running a Winter 2020/21 Birthright due to Covid-19, we are eagerly looking forward to our Spring 2021 Birthright trip in May! Please contact Joy Getnick to learn more.
UR Hillel is proud to support student advocacy for Israel. We have historically helped send a large contingent of students to the annual AIPAC Policy Conference, and have also had students participate in J Street programs. Each year we have students who study abroad at Israeli universities, or participate in other travel and learning programs through MASA, JNF, Onward, etc. The Rochester Students for Israel group runs Israel-related programming and cultural events, with the support of UR Hillel and our Israel Fellow. We also offer opportunities for students to learn about Israel through our Israel On Campus course, and other facilitated conversations and study. Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, is always a festive and exciting way to conclude our year.