2008-2011 Hillel at Stanford in Collaborations with Moscow Hillel and Kyiv Hillel
Young adults from Stanford University traveled to Russia, Ukraine and Poland, along with participants from several Russian universities in a select student leadership program focused on advocacy and cross-cultural dialogue. The program, developed and coordinated by NCSEJ in collaboration with Stanford University and Hillels, as part of a three-year project supported by grants from the Koret Foundation, Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture and the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco.
The major themes addressed during the trips included Jewish religious and organizational life, Jewish identity, anti-Semitism, and democracy building.
NCSEJ, an advocate for Jewish communities in the successor states of the FSU for forty years, provided the program with a unique and critical perspective about government and community-level Jewish life and institutions.
The project is an important part of NCSEJ’s ongoing mission to link Jewish communities in the U.S. and former Soviet Union, and to develop a new generation of activists. The program allowed students to promote a cross-cultural exchange and strengthen Jewish identity; arrange meetings with government officials to discuss issues of concern to the Jewish community; and strengthen the commitment to Jewish life through social welfare activity.