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Israel is the homeland of the Jewish people and, though we are in Virginia, we are always connected to the land. Israel will be part of our community conversations and we will engage the campus with Israel awareness and advocacy. We will have frank discussions about the current affairs of the country, celebrate the culture, and encourage dialogue. In addition, we will travel to Israel with the Pilgrimage: Israel trip of the Office of the Chaplaincy and through a semester Study Abroad program at the University of Haifa through the Office of International Education.  The University of Richmond Hillel will also participate in the Taglit-Birthright Israel program. 

There are a bevy of opportunities to travel to Israel on different programs for different purposes - from ulpan, an immersive Hebrew experience, to year-long volunteer experiences. 

Birthright Israel

Every year, University of Richmond Hillel, in conjunction with other Richmond area universities, sends students on a free trip to Israel through Taglit-Birthright Israel.   All Jewish students from UR are encouraged to apply.  We traditionally travel as a campus in the Spring right after graduation, but you never know if you will have an internship, job, or other responsibilities in the future, so there is no time like the present!  And, if you apply now, there is a better chance you will get on a trip in the future.

This year we will be traveling with Hillel International as our Taglit-Birthright Israel trip provider. The spots for the trip are competitive, so apply as early as possible. If you want to travel as part of a national trip this winter, registration begins Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Please visit the Hillel International Taglit-Birthright Israel website to register, or with any questions about registration procedures, logistics, or eligibility. You may also contact Josh Jeffreys with any questions or concerns.