The goal for this program is to create tangible opportunities for KU students to travel to Israel. Hillel staff is collecting information about what students are interested in prior to the event so as to provide them with the most relevant and useful information that will help them take the next step toward spending a summer, semester or year in Israel.
“Israel is a huge part of our identity,” Leah Swartz, KU Hillel Program Director said. “We want to ensure that anyone with an interest in traveling to Israel will feel connected and supported regardless of their political backgrounds. Our primary goal is to enhance our students’ relationships with Israel and to provide each student with a unique Israel experience designed to fit their career or educational goals.”
The Israel information session is the first step in KU Hillel’s efforts to create programming that is aligned with its Israel engagement strategy for next year, which will be focused on social entrepreneurship and volunteerism.
“We’ve been working with the Office of Study Abroad and other third-party Israel experience providers to create a robust view of all the opportunities available in Israel,” Swartz said.
Last summer, several students participated in Onward Israel internships and they are now excited to share their experience and encourage other students to do the same.
Sydney Aaranson, a KU Hillel senior, spent last summer living in Jerusalem working at the Alexia Aflalo Design Studio with Onward Israel.
“Being a part of the Israeli workforce really taught me a lot more about Israel as a whole,” Aaranson said. “I learned about the social norms, trends and a bit of Hebrew while I improved as a designer. Being in Israel for the summer was a great experience that I hope other students will also take advantage of.”