Pro-Israel Campus Advocacy Group to Become Part of the Hillel Movement
WASHINGTON, D.C. – August 23, 2017 – Hillel International today announced that it has reached an agreement with The David Project to integrate the pro-Israel group into Hinenu, Hillel’s Israel Education and Engagement department.
The two organizations have a long-established partnership that will be formalized to serve the missions of both organizations. The David Project will strengthen its proven methodology for building diverse pro-Israel support on campus, while helping Hillel empower Jewish students on campus to create enduring connections to Israel.
“Hillel values the approach The David Project has taken to build strong relationships on campus with a wide array of students to strengthen the pro-Israel community,” said Hillel International President and CEO Eric D. Fingerhut. “This work complements Hillel’s vision of broadening the network of support for Israel throughout the campus.”
The David Project reached 10,000 Jewish and non-Jewish students this past academic year on 45 campuses, cultivating student leaders and organizations as allies for Hillel and the pro-Israel community. The David Project trained activists to engage their peers on campus through individual conversations, group programming and The David Project’s “Israel Uncovered” mission. The David Project empowers 300 interns each year at Hillels to better articulate their support for Israel and reach out to their peers beyond the Jewish community.
The David Project will continue to be led and staffed by its current employees under the guidance of an advisory board to be created together with Hillel. It will gain access to Hillel’s operational, development and marketing infrastructure, management team, and vast campus network and partnerships.
The David Project and Hillel International have been close partners for more than five years, and currently work together on 45 campuses. The mission of The David Project will remain unchanged: empowering Jewish and non-Jewish student leaders to build mutually beneficial and enduring partnerships with diverse student organizations so that the Israel community is integrated and valued on campus.