What is KAHAL? KAHAL is a nonprofit organization, working in over 50 countries and 110 cities around the world, that facilitates transformational Jewish experiences for study abroad students.
What is KAHAL’s mission? KAHAL aspires to give the tens of thousands of Jewish students studying abroad each year the resources, tools, and connections they need to meaningfully engage with the global Jewish community in their host country and deepen their Jewish identity during one of the most important, meaningful, and enduring experiences of their lives.
What does KAHAL do? Wherever students travel, KAHAL connects those abroad with amazing, immersive experiences with their local communities. KAHAL primarily works with Jewish students, creating opportunities and high-impact experiences by working with local Jewish students, families, organizations, and community leaders.
Does KAHAL offer study abroad programs? No, KAHAL works as network and resource for students going through any university or study abroad provider, as well as others traveling abroad.
Can non-Jewish students benefit from KAHAL? Yes! By connecting with KAHAL, all students will be able to learn about Jewish culture, regardless of religious affiliation. Learning about another culture fosters intercultural competence and self-awareness of one’s own beliefs and personal biases. KAHAL strives to be a voice for religious identity across the study abroad community and encourages all students to explore and deepen their connections to their own identities abroad.
I keep Kosher. Can KAHAL help me find Kosher food? Yes! KAHAL can direct you to Kosher food, from grocery stores to Kosher restaurants, to local butchers.
Can KAHAL connect me to High Holiday celebrations? Yes, please visit KahalAbroad.org/highholidays for more information on KAHAL’s Rosh HaShanah Campaign. #PassTheHoney
Can KAHAL connect me to other Jewish holiday celebrations? Yes; along with High Holiday experiences, KAHAL can connect students to many Jewish holiday resources such as Passover seders, Hanukkah celebrations, Shabbat dinners, and much more.
Does KAHAL provide funding and grant opportunities? Yes! KAHAL provides microgrants of up to $250 for anybody abroad. These grants can be used for DIY experiences, holiday services, and other purposes, include Jewish travel, Jewish conference/educational seminars, costs for holiday travel, and local meet ups. https://www.kahalabroad.org/grantapp.html
Is there a fee to access KAHAL’s resources? No! There is no barrier to entry. KAHAL services are free for participants.
What is Mobilize and how do I use it? Mobilize is a social media platform that allows students and others abroad to be connected with each other and find grant opportunities. For example, students can log on to their Mobilize account and message other Jewish students in their area in order to find out about nearby events and activities.