While young Israelis speak Hebrew and follow the cycle of the Jewish calendar, many are disconnected from their Jewish identity, perceiving Jewish tradition to be outdated, inaccessible, or irrelevant. A majority of these Israelis reject organized religion.

The result is a “crisis of meaning” among Israeli youth. These young people, on the brink of adulthood, are spiritually lost and disengaged from the Jewish people and their cultural heritage.

Over the past few years, Hillel Israel has positioned itself as a leading force in enriching and influencing the future Jewish character of Israel’s young generation.

Hillel’s unique programs enable thousands of young people to undertake meaningful journeys that inspire them to explore, strengthen and celebrate their own distinctive Jewish identities. Along the way, they become agents for social change toward building a more just, democratic and pluralistic Israeli society.