Hopkins Hillel supports a wide variety of programming around Israel. With three Israel student groups, Hopkins Hillel engages in many important conversations around Israel. The entire campus community looks forward to the Israel Fair every spring, and blessed with a strong International Relations department, we regularly engage our faculty in discussions about Israel.
Taglit Birthright Israel is central to our Israel programming at Hopkins. Every year, we take approximately 10% of the Hopkins Jewish student population. Hillel International is our birthright provider, and our trip is coordinated with the other Baltimore Hillels. The Associated, Baltimore’s strong Jewish Federation, provides funding so that several Israeli peers travel with our students the entire time. The “mifgash” (encounter) with the Israelis is a true highlight of the trip. We also spend time in Baltimore’s partnership city, Ashkelon. The students find the social justice work and the connections to Baltimore to be meaningful and significant.
Hopkins Hillel participates in birthright in the Winter. The Hopkins Hillel staff can guide students in finding other trips if they prefer to go on Birthright in the summer. We strongly encourage Hopkins students to join us and their Hopkins classmates on our Winter Birthright trip. It gives them the chance to make new Jewish friends at Hopkins, get to know Hillel staff, and understand the strong and supportive Jewish community of Baltimore.