William and Mary Hillel sponsors a wide variety of Israel programming, from brunch discussions of current events to Israeli Independence Day celebrations, and of course, Taglit-Birthright Israel trips.
Taglit-Birthright Israel is a 10 day free trip to Israel, sponsored by the state of Israel and Jewish philanthropists from all over the world. Any Jewish student between the ages of 18-26 that has not been to Israel on a peer group trip after the age of 18 is eligible for this free gift. Since its inception in December 1999, Taglit-Birthright Israel has sent over 360,000 Jewish young adults to Israel. They come from 64 countries, all 50 U.S. States and Canadian provinces, and from nearly 1,000 North American colleges and universities.
Taglit is the Hebrew word for discovery. During their trip, participants, most of whom are visiting Israel for the first time, are encouraged to discover new meaning in their personal Jewish identity and connection to Jewish history and culture. Choosing Israel Free Spirit as your trip provider ensures that you have an open and accepting environment to explore your Jewish identity and your heritage during the trip, with Rabbi Litt as your leader and with other William and Mary students as your peers!
W&M Hillel is sending buses to Israel both in the summer and winter. The winter trip takes place during Winter Break, and the summer trip can take place anytime between late May to early August. W&M Hillel holds Birthright info sessions each semester, make sure to check the calendar and Hillel emails for updates! Students from all schools in Virginia are welcome to join us for this trip of a lifetime.
Israel Student Groups (outside Hillel)
W&M currently has a chapter of J-Steet U, check the Student Groups page for more information.
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