March 5, 2012 / 11 Adar 5772
New York, NY — Demonstrating the centrality of the Jewish Agency Israel Fellow to Hillel as the principal touch point for Israel activities on campus, an Israel Fellow has once again been recognized at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference. At the Campus Awards Dinner held last night, Ido Adulamy, the Jewish Agency Israel Fellow to Hillel at the University of Southern California was named "AIPAC Ally of the Year."
Ido is one of 50 Israel Fellows working with Hillel on campuses across North America. The award acknowledges his leadership with the students at the University of Southern California, where he has created a unique pro-Israel group of business students on campus and has been a trailblazer in establishing close relationships with non-Jewish groups on campus.
The Jewish Agency Israel Fellows to Hillel initiative places outstanding young Israelis on key campuses to serve as North American ambassadors to the campus communities that they serve. The program is a collaborative effort between the Jewish Agency for Israel and Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life. These campus emissaries (shlichim), dynamic young Israeli adults recruited and trained by the Jewish Agency, are playing an instrumental role in representing Israel on the university campuses, which are a central battleground for the global campaign to delegitimize Israel. Jewish Agency campus shlichim are aggressively challenging this narrative and working hard to expose the complex realities of the Middle East to Jewish and non-Jewish students alike.
The campus shlichim also represent the primary address on campus for Israel experience programs like Birthright and Masa. Under the direction of Jewish Agency Chairman of the Executive Natan Sharansky, the number of campus shlichim has more than doubled to 50 from only 18 in 2009. To meet the campus demand for Israel Fellows, the Jewish Agency and Hillel aim to increase the total number to 100.
"By dramatically expanding this program, as we have done and will continue to do, the Jewish Agency is providing students across North America with the tools to understand and articulate the importance of Israel to the Jewish people,” Sharansky said.
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About the Jewish Agency for Israel
Established in 1929, the Jewish Agency was instrumental in the founding of the State of Israel and now works to ensure the future of a connected, committed, global Jewish People with a strong Israel at its center. The Jewish Agency addresses the most pressing issues in Jewish life by working to Inspire Jews throughout the world to Connect with their people, heritage and land, and Empower them to build a thriving Jewish future and strong Israel. The Jewish Agency pursues this goal by bringing young Jews to Israel for life-changing experiences and involving them in social activism in Israel and abroad. More information can be obtained at www.jewishagency.org
Hillel is the largest organization in the world with a focus on university-age Jews, serving young adults at more than 500 colleges and communities around the world. Hillel plays a critical role in ensuring the future of our Jewish community by creating a welcoming environment for college-age Jewish students and demonstrating how Jewish tradition can be incorporated into their lives. Hillel helps expand their Jewish knowledge, hone leadership skills, bolster ties to Israel, and present opportunities for social justice work. Just as the university establishes a professional foundation for students’ futures, Hillel builds a Jewish foundation for their lifetime. Hillel equips today’s students and young adults to be the supporters and leaders of tomorrow’s Jewish community.