What is KAHAL? KAHAL is a nonprofit organization working in 57 countries 127 cities, and 254 campuses around the world that facilitates transformational Jewish experiences for study abroad students. KAHAL is a network & resource.
What does KAHAL do? Wherever you’re traveling, whether it’s London or Lisbon, Paris or Prague, Shanghai or Sydney, KAHAL will connect you to immersive experiences in your local community or one nearby. Working with local Jewish students, families, organizations, and community leaders, KAHAL will set you up with exciting experiences. In addition, we have great DIY resources for students who may not have a Jewish community in their host city.
Is KAHAL a study abroad provider? No, KAHAL is not a study abroad service provider. KAHAL is a network, resource, & concierge for students going through any university or provider. KAHAL functions similarly to Diversity Abroad, the Forum on Education Abroad, and the Institute of International Education (IIE). On the contrary, KAHAL works one-on-one with students.
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.
How is Judaism both a culture and a religion? The Jewish people are an ethno-religious group, an ethnic group that shares a common religion and cultural heritage. Many students feel connected to their Jewish heritage and traditions rather than to religious observance. The spectrum of Jewish identity varies throughout the world both culturally and religiously. Through the diversity of Jewish heritage, KAHAL enables students to experience a deeper level of cultural immersion.
Which specific cultural resources does KAHAL provide? KAHAL connects Jewish students to other Jewish students who are studying abroad, in addition to their expansive network of local community contacts, organizations, and events. The KAHAL network also works to connect students to Kosher food, High Holiday experiences, Passover experiences, and Shabbat dinners.
Which resources are available for faculty & staff at university study abroad departments and third-party providers? As specialists in the field of religious identity abroad, KAHAL offers professional development opportunities and location-specific resources for faculty and staff at organizations that facilitate study abroad programs. For providers specifically, by officially partnering with KAHAL, and becoming a member of the MIG (Member Interest Group) network, providers and faculty will have access to organization-specific materials and trainings for increased intercultural competence. See more at: www.KahalAbroad.org
Is there a fee to access KAHAL’s resources? KAHAL services are free for student participants. There is a fee and membership process for study abroad departments & providers to become members of the MIG. KAHAL spends time and money developing customized resources for members of the MIG network. MIGs also have access to KAHAL’s marketing efforts.