Rutgers Hillel Center for Israel Engagement
Driven by a core belief that a positive connection to Israel is essential for a strong, healthy Jewish identity, Rutgers Hillel Center for Israel Engagement (RHCIE) seeks to be a model for excellence in Israel engagement, education, and advocacy on campus.
RHCIE operates under a specific theory of change: That there is a positive correlation between the level of pro-Israel accumulated knowledge and the level of engagement in Israel advocacy. Increased Israel knowledge and advocacy will create a campus environment favorable to Israel, and reduce the impact of anti-Israel hostility activities. Successful Israel advocacy is dependent on a vibrant pro-Israel community. Therefore, RHCIE will use tools of community organizing to reach Rutgers University’s Jewish community.
Our approach is based on the latest national research, adapted to our campus in conjunction with student leaders: To promote the spirit of Israelis, a people that despite difficult circumstances, have managed to go above and beyond in their contributions to humankind. On campus and beyond, the RHCIE will provide the Jewish community with student leaders who are capable, passionate, and motivated agents of change.
Introducing the Rutgers Israel Fellows Program
Rutgers Hillel Center for Israel Engagement (RHCIE) recognizes that relationships are the key to sustain and develop support towards the state of Israel on campus. Therefore, RHCIE created the Rutgers Israel Fellows program to advance the pro-Israel network on campus. Rutgers Israel Fellows (RIF) are Rutgers students that are responsible for creating and sustaining relationships with their peers on campus.Fellows will create unique opportunities for their fellow students to get involved with the Israel community. Fellows are supervised by the RHCIE’s staff. As compensation, Fellows will be provided with scholarships to attend Israel-related programs based on their contribution to the development of the pro-Israel network on campus.
- To create opportunities for individuals to promote Israel on Rutgers
- To expand the pro-Israel network on campus
- To transform run-in conversations into meaningful conversations
Meaningful Conversations and Relationship Building:
- Each connection to an individual counts as one point. Connecting with a member of a student group board will count as two points. A follow up meeting counts as one point.
- Rutgers Israel Fellow– In order to reach the Fellow level, a Rutgers student needs to reach 25 points. This individual will receive $250 to invest in Israel-related programs.
- Rutgers Israel Associate– the senior level of RIF, needs to reach over 40 points. This individual will receive $500 to invest Israel-related programs.
- Track, manage and update the personal Zionist journey using REACH, an online web tool.
Supervision, Training and Group Experiences:
- Map your desired outreach together with RHCIE staff
- Invite members of your network to follow RHCIE on social media tools
- To meet with the RHCIE’s staff on a regular basis
- Once any other week during the first semester
- Once a month during the second semester
- To attend a training meeting
- To write one blog post for the RHCIE’s blog
- To attend one Israel coffee break per month
For more information, contact Nikki Baron email@example.com
Invest in Us
Your gift, no matter the amount, provides meaningful Jewish experiences that will enrich our students lives, so that they can enrich the whole world.
Israel Student Groups
Israel on Campus Coalition
Scarlet Knights for Israel (SKI)
The David Project
Rutgers Birthright (Taglit-Birthright Israel)
Onward offers a competitive and attractive venue for young people seeking such experiences at affordable prices, and for time periods ranging from six to ten weeks. While meeting the individual needs of the participants and allowing them to advance their resumes, Onward Israel programs will also feature inspiring educational modules, with special attention dedicated to activism opportunities within local communities and institutions after program completion and to the development of a deeper understanding of Israel and enhanced Jewish identity and commitment.
Student opportunities: Highly subsidized 10 week Internships in Israel
Hillel Israel Leadership Initiative trip to Israel
HILI is the first trip allowing primarily non-Jewish (with the exception of a few Jewish) student leaders to visit Israel and acquire information on both narratives at the scene of the controversy. The Hillel Israel Leadership Initiative trip serves as a Birthright trip of sorts for non-Jewish students, but with an added political angle.
CUFI on Campus
CUFI is a national initiative of Christians United for Israel that was founded in 2007. As anti-Semitic activity on American college campuses has steadily increased, CUFI recognizes that Christian students have a responsibility to speak up on behalf of Israel and the Jewish people. Our Field Organizers travel the country actively developing student leaders to ensure they have the skills, resources, and guidance they need to do this successfully on their campuses.Students form official CUFI on Campus chapters and hold educational and inspiring events to raise awareness of Israel among fellow students, faculty, and community members.
Student opportunities: Volunteer leadership positions
Masa Israel Journey
Masa is the leader in immersive international experiences in Israel for young adults (18-30). Our diverse portfolio of study abroad, internship, service learning, or Jewish studies programs help you grow—as a person, a professional, and a leader— while also developing a robust global professional network. Since its founding in 2004 by the Prime Minister’s Office of the Government of Israel, together with The Jewish Agency for Israel, over 120,000 young people from more than 60 countries have participated in Masa Israel programs.
Student opportunities: Highly subsidized long-term internships, volunteer, and educational programs in Israel.
Ezra Schwartz Memorial FIT 5K Run to Support Israel on Campus
Student opportunities: Volunteer and leadership opportunities.
Talk Israel Retreat
The Talk Israel Retreat is an all expense paid weekend getaway featuring dynamic speakers, engaging elective sessions, and powerful advocacy workshops. Throughout the retreat, you’ll have the opportunity to participate and engage in interesting electives and sessions.
Student opportunities: Covered ticket and travel to Talk Israel Retreat
Volunteers for Israel (VFI)
VFI partners with the Israeli organization Sar-El to process and prepare Americans to volunteer on Israel Defense Forces (IDF) supply/logistics bases. Sar-El is an acronym for the Hebrew words Sherut L’Yisrael (Service to Israel).
JNF Campus Fellows Program
The JNF Campus Fellows program trains mentors and supports pro-Israel students from across the country that will facilitate JNF programs in their campus communities. Our Fellows play a crucial role in recruiting friends and fellow students to participate in Alternative Break, Caravan for Democracy and JNF College Summit. Fellows promote Israel as a country working to make the world a better place through Positively Israel and Tu BiShvat programming. JNF Campus Fellows also learn the important skill of fundraising for JNF projects that benefit the land and people of Israel.