CAMPUS PROGRAM

Fresh out of the army, Israeli college students are deciding their future. While immersed in academic studies, many also seek an opportunity to learn more deeply about their Jewish heritage.

Simultaneously, Israeli college administrators understand the value of exposing nonreligious students to all segments of Israeli society and are looking to provide quality programming on their campuses.

The Program

We address these needs by tailoring our signature chavruta program to meet the needs of college students.

They are paired with Kesher Yehudi volunteers from a nearby religious community. Pairs meet on a weekly basis to learn Torah and develop new friendships. Once a month, participants gather together for a Shabbaton or special activity in the local Orthodox community. As an added benefit, students receive up to two credits per semester.

The program currently runs at Michlelet Tel Chai, Ben Gurion University, the Peres Center, and Michelet Emek Israel.

The Impact

The campus program breaks stigmas by connecting individuals from different segments of Israeli society.

Kesher Yehudi’s programming is often the first time that students meet their religious peers. Differences quickly dissolve, and unlikely friendships are built through the program, which ultimately fosters Jewish unity among the next generation of our people.

“Kesher Yehudi is like a gift. I never knew how much there was to learn.”

Ayelet Tzuriel, Michlelet Tel Chai

“I’ve gotten to know my chavruta through heart-to-heart discussions. We learn about different Jewish topics and explore new ideas. Even though it’s just a short time each week, I learn so much, and it just makes me so happy.”

Keren Golani, Michlelet Tel Chai

The Meeting on Campus Program

Fresh out of the army, Israeli college students are deciding their future. What career path do I want to pursue? Where do I see myself in 10 years? How do I want to raise my children?

Many are seeking a spiritual connection, and some can even articulate that they’d like to connect more deeply to their Jewish heritage.

At the same time, college administrators now understand how crucial it is for nonreligious students to get to know all segments of Israeli society despite their different lifestyles. They recognize how learning Torah can enrich their students and strengthen their Jewish identity. They don’t need to be convinced. They want to provide quality programming for their students.

Three years ago, Kesher Yehudi answered this need by creating a Chavruta Program in conjunction with several Israeli colleges like Michlelet Tel Chai.

Kesher Yehudi recruits volunteers from nearby religious communities to learn with students once a week. Once a month, all the volunteers and students gather together for an activity or Shabbaton in the local Orthodox community. Participating students can receive up to two credits per semester.

With additional programs beginning at Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheva, the Peres Center in Rechovot, and Michelet Emek Israel, Kesher Yehudi is already making a difference for students in Israel’s world of secular higher education.

The Impact

Through it’s Meeting on Campus Program, Kesher Yehudi is breaking stigmas by connecting individuals from different segments of Israeli society.

Many students are hesitant at first to learn with someone they perceive as being so different from themselves. But those differences quickly dissolve when the students realize how “normal” their new religious friend is and how enjoyable it is to learn together. Through Torah learning and discussion, the students are inspired and moved in a way they never thought possible.

Help us to expand our Meeting on Campus Program to even more colleges and universities across Israel. With your donation, we can connect secular college students to their Jewish identity, build unlikely friendships and ultimately create achdus (unity) among the next generation of Israeli Jews.

“Kesher Yehudi’s program is an amazing break in routine for me each week. I’ve gotten to know my chavruta through heart-to-heart discussions. We learn about different Jewish topics and explore new ideas. Even though it’s just a short time each week, I learn so much and it just makes me so happy.”

– Keren Golani, Michlelet Tel Chai

“Kesher Yehudi is like a gift. I never knew how much there was to learn.”

Ayelet Tzuriel, Michlelet Tel Chai

Read more about how Kesher Yehudi is leading a revolution to unify the different sectors of Israeli society

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