iEngage Student Seminar – Hillel Directors FAQ

What are the dates of the trip?

The trip runs December 23 – December 30, 2019. Registration is at the Prima Kings Hotel in Jerusalem on December 23rd. The program begins at 9:00am on December 24th. It will conclude no later than 2:30pm on December 30th.

What does the student registration fee include?

Registration fee includes all costs incurred while in Israel – travel to and from Ben Gurion Airport, room and board at the Prima Kings Hotel, and the cost of the program. It does NOT include airfare.
Accompanying staff do not pay the registration fee.

Do Hillels send a staff person?

For groups of 6 or more students, a Hillel staff person will accompany them. Campuses sending less than 6 students participate in the National Cohort and are supervised by Hartman staff. For campuses not sending a cohort, individuals can apply here.

What is the content of the trip?

Students will be studying new iEngage content, titled Together and Apart: The Future of Jewish Peoplehood. The Jewish people have moved from having no home to having Israel as a primary home, and now to having two comfortable homes, in North America and Israel, that have seemingly incongruous sets of values. The story that we have been telling ourselves has not caught up to this reality.

That content sounds AMAZING – but how do I explain it to students?

We’ll be studying the major questions of Peoplehood confronting American Jews about Israel today, such as:

  • What does it mean to go from exile to two redemptive and distinct homes? What are the distinguishing factors of each?
  • What are the threats to peoplehood today? How do antisemitism, antizionism, and differing opinions regarding universalism and particularism threaten to tear at the fabric of peoplehood?
  • Do we need a new model for Jewish peoplehood today? What are potential metaphors that may serve to bring us together?

What is the typical day like? Are there activities?

Most days are spent at the Shalom Hartman Institute’s campus in Jerusalem. While there, students learn from Hartman Faculty, have campus-based processing and reflections sessions, and opportunities to discuss issues related to Israel with each other.

There will be 1-2 days of tiyulim (field trips) where students will have the opportunity to visit sites related to topics of study.

How do I choose the students who go on the trip?

That is completely up to the Hillel Director. Most campuses interview students to select the cohort, and most are sophomores and juniors, though freshman and seniors also participate. The Shalom Hartman Institute plays no role in selecting students, we only invite students that campuses choose to register.