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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, students can travel to Israel 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 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, all Jewish students at the University of Richmond are encouraged to apply for a free trip to Israel through Birthright Israel. This year we will be organizing the first trip specifically for University of Richmond students with Hillel International as our trip provider. The trip will depart on May 23 and return on June 4.

Registration will open on Tuesday, January 30 at 9 a.m. EST, but students can sign up for early bird registration now by visiting the Hillel Birthright Israel website. Spots for the trip are competitive, so apply as early as possible.

Information sessions will be held on Tuesday, January 23 and Thursday, January 25 at 7 p.m. to address any questions about registration procedures, logistics, or eligibility. You may also contact Josh Jeffreys with any questions or concerns.