Santa Barbara Hillel fosters a living connection with Israel as a one key component of Jewish identity.
Israel Groups on Campus
Santa Barbara Hillel works with a number of Israeli cultural and advocacy groups. We host Gauchos United for Israel (GUFI)
, a student group that meets weekly to engage with Israel in a variety of different ways. We also have a number of student interns who work with and on behalf of national organizations including,CAMERA
, and Stand with Us
. Israel Programs
Santa Barbara Hillel hosts a number of Israel related and inspired events. We watch movies, do Israeli dances, have Hummus Cook-offs, and raise funds for Israeli non-profit organizations.
Santa Barbara Hillel is proud to send many buses of students on Birthright Israel trips during winter and summer break. For more information about our Birthright Israel program, including how to sign-up,click here.
Upon return from Israel, students have many opportunities to enrich their connections to Israel and Judaism here in Santa Barbara. We encourage Birthright alumni to join us at all events and we host bus reunions.
Other Israel Opportunities
Santa Barbara Hillel works to provide information to students who are interested in traveling, studying, or working in Israel. We are able to utilize our network of non-profits who specialize in immersive experiences in Israel to connect students with their ideal opportunity.