KAHAL connects Jewish students studying abroad to exciting and unique opportunities in their host Jewish communities. Working in more than 40 countries and 70 cities around the world, KAHAL helps Jewish students find their Jewish home abroad. By connecting with KAHAL, students abroad can connect with each other and the local Jewish communities in which they study abroad. KAHAL further enhances students’ study abroad experience by providing opportunities for social connections, Shabbat dinners, holiday events, cultural experiences, internships, volunteer opportunities, and more. KAHAL also subsidizes Jewish opportunities and offer students grants to plan and participate in Jewish programming abroad. You can find more information at www.KahalAbroad.org
As a KAHAL Intern, you would be responsible for expanding KAHAL’s reach on your campus. Your role would be to identify and connect with out-going study abroad students, helping KAHAL provide students with the best experience possible. You would also have the opportunity to work with study abroad alumni, helping reintegrate Jewish students into your campus Jewish community.
As a KAHAL intern, you will be responsible for cultivating a community of Jewish study abroad participants, which will provide value to students before, during, and after their abroad experience. You will build this community through networking, intentional conversations, and creative experiences.
As a KAHAL intern, you will be expected to:
· Work in tandem with Jewish organizations on your campus, your university’s study abroad office, and KAHAL to identify outbound Jewish study abroad students;
· Identify and meet engagement goals, as established by KAHAL;
· Plan and implement at least one program per semester aimed at engaging out-going study abroad students;
· Plan and implement at least one program per semester providing Jewish study abroad alumni with an opportunity to share their experiences abroad with their peers.
You will be expected to communicate bi-weekly with KAHAL’s Campus Operations Director, Rebecca Schwab, to share progress made toward engagement goals. You will create a plan for each semester, developing programming for the study abroad population, and brainstorming new strategies to identify and engage the study abroad community.
The ideal candidate for this internship is a study abroad alumnus/a who is approachable, dynamic, engaging, and passionate about Study Abroad experiences!
Name: Anna Ostrow
University: George Washington University
Studied Abroad in: Not yet!
Anna is a Junior at The George Washington University. She loves to read, take long hikes, and explore the mountains. She’s planning on going abroad in spring 2018 and loves all things travel! She speaks French and is so excited to work with KAHAL to build a Jewish community of students studying abroad.
Name: Giselle Blocker
University: University of Wisconsin
Studied Abroad in: Madrid, Spain, Spring 2017
Major: History, Minor - Chicano Latino Studies
Giselle Blocker is a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in History and Chicano Latino Studies. She is a member of the Wisconsin Consulting Club and served as the President of Alpha Epsilon Phi - Sigma Chapter. While studying abroad in Spain, Giselle used KAHAL to connect to the Jewish community of Madrid. She now hopes to continue KAHAL's mission by helping other students make connections across the globe.
University: Arizona State University
Studied Abroad in: Prague, Czech Republic
Major: Political Science
Graham Paul is a freelance journalist who studied abroad in Prague, Czech Republic last Spring and travelled throughout Europe. He is passionate about connecting Jewish students studying abroad with the local Jewish community and believes every Jewish student should have a chance to travel the world!
Name: Mitchell Trachtenberg
University: Indiana Univeristy
Studied Abroad in: Santiago, Chile, Spring 2017
Major: International studies, minors in political science, Spanish
Mitchell is an international studies student at Indiana University, who, during time abroad in Chile, was able to experience the welcoming nature of a Jewish community on the other side of the world. When the rabbis called him up to open the arc during Shabbat services (facing the Northeast, still towards Israel), the rabbi said to him, "This is your home," before even introducing himself. At that moment, it made sense to him. He was not just a citizen of the US, he was a global citizen of the Jewish community. He wants to help other students come to that realization, and through Kahal (which helped him establish the connection in the first place, he knows he can make that happen.
Name: Izzy Ullmann
University: UC Berkeley
Studied Abroad in: Kunming, China Spring 2017
Major: Peace and Conflict Studies
Izzy Ullmann studies Peace and Conflict Studies at UC Berkeley with a concentration in Politics, Conflict, and Migration. Paralleling her studies, she works with migrants, asylum seekers and refugees. This work brought her to China, where she studied ethnic minority issues and researching the impact of migration on the Mosuo minority, and most recently to Malaysia where she was working at Asylum Access, a refugee rights organization. She grew up in the warm embraces of the Bay Area Jewish community and has carried this identity through her international work and travels. She loves the development of Jewish community and the work of being an ambassador of Judaism, so to speak, in places where Jews are far and few between.
Name: Maddi Baum
University: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Studied Abroad in: Not yet!
Major: Computer Science Major, Education and Educational Services Certificate
Maddi is involved in Hillel at UW Madison and loves encouraging others to get involved in Jewish life on campus. As a KAHAL intern, she hopes to help Jewish students make the most of their experiences when they’re abroad and is looking forward to exploring Jewish life in other countries as she plans to travel in the future.
Name: Miranda Schweisberg
University: Northeastern University
Studied Abroad in: Berlin, Germany, Spring 2017
Major: Cultural Anthropology
Within the past year, Miranda has recently began to be more active in Hillel at Northeastern University after transferring there in 2015. She loves dogs, nature, and traveling. While traveling in Greece this past spring with a friend, they had the opportunity to attend Passover Seder in Athens. The experience was, in her words, "simple amazing" and she hopes to help other Jewish students abroad have similar unforgettable moments.
Name: Monica Weitz
University: University of Delaware
Studied Abroad in:
Major: Hospitality Business Management Minor in Jewish Studies
Monica is a senior at the University of Delaware studying Hospitality Business Management. She hopes to become a Corporate Event Planner after graduation. She decided to be a KAHAL intern because Judaism plays such an important role in her life and she realized while abroad in Prague, how significant her Jewish community meant to her. She wants to help ensure that all students abroad are able to connect to their Jewish identity.
Name: Olivia Hazlett
University: University of Michigan Ann Arbor
Studied Abroad in: Not Yet! Summer in Israel last summer.
Major: Political Science, Law Justice and Social Change, and American Culture
Olivia has always had a passion for travel and a curiosity for connections (Jewish geography is her favorite pastime). She spent this past summer interning in Jerusalem with Mejdi Tours, a dual narrative travel company, and is extremely excited to continue her work in travel with KAHAL. A current sophomore at the University of Michigan double majoring in Political Science and Law, Justice, and Social Change with a minor in American Culture, she is looking forward to studying abroad in her junior year. In the meantime, she can't wait to help her fellow Wolverines get the most out of their experiences abroad this year!
Name: Rachael Ross
University: Emory University
Studied Abroad in: Not yet!
Major: Business, Marketing Concentration
Rachael is passionate about helping Jewish students studying abroad connect with each and with Jewish opportunities because she believes that finding a nurturing and familiar community abroad will enhance students abroad experiences and foster lasting friendships and connections!
Name: Rachel Goodman
University: Indiana University
Studied Abroad in: Sevilla, Spain Spring 2017
Major: Cinema and Media Arts and Spanish
Rachel is a senior at Indiana University who studied abroad in Spain last semester. She is a practicing Jew that enjoys inspiring others to take part in their religion abroad. Judiasm is all around the country, and she wants to help everyone get connected in their specific city to make their experience richer!
Name: Sadie Dorf
Title: Strategic Communications and Marketing Associate
University: University of Wisconsin Madison
Studied Abroad in: New Zealand, Spring 2017
Major: Journalism and mass communications
Sadie is a Senior at the University of Wisconsin Madison, studying journalism and strategic communications. Recently returning from her semester abroad in Wellington, New Zealand, Sadie is ready for Senior year (Go Badgers!). When she's not found posting #tbt photos of her New Zealand travels, she's exploring the culinary scene with innovative recipes and experiences at new restaurants.
Name: Samantha Cohen
University: Cornell University
Studied Abroad in: Sevilla Spring 2017
Major: Sociology major/ Business minor
Sam spent last semester living with a family in Sevilla, Spain. While traveling and exploring new places was a highlight of her semester abroad, the best experiences were formed while forming real connections and friendships with locals. During Passover in Valencia for Spring Break, KAHAL was able to connect Sam and three of her Jewish friends with a close-knit community for seder. Sam is excited to help other students studying abroad have great experiences and make new friends!