MISSION STATEMENT

KAHAL UK aims to provide transformational Jewish experiences for the hundreds of British Jewish students on year long exchange and industry programs. In addition, we provide support for the hundreds of students studying abroad in the UK every year by connecting them to each other, local Jewish communities, and host families. 

Below are some student insights on our mission based on their experience with KAHAL. Check them out!

“KAHAL aims to connect traveling Jewish students with Jewish communities around the world so they have connections and stability with Jews in places that are foreign to them in order to facilitate a better and more global experience with what Judaism looks like around the world.”

Micali M.

“KAHAL is unprecedented in its mission. Not only does it embody all that Judaism is by welcoming each other and making each other feel at home in a strange place, but it actively seeks to promote Judaism around the world. ”

Merle D.

“KAHAL's mission is to provide Jewish students with opportunities to explore their Jewish identities while studying abroad.”

Andrew S.

“Uniting the Jews of the world, despite certain dogmatic differences.”

Benjamin S.

“Connecting Jewish students abroad to their religion and heritage regardless of observance level.”

Lea G.

“To help Jewish college students feel at home anywhere and everywhere we go.”

Jacob G.

“KAHAL's mission is to spread Jewish learning to both Jewish people and non-Jewish people alike, all over the world.”

Zoey Z.

“Support Jewish students abroad along with enriching their Jewish experience.”

Michal W.

“To connect Jews whilst studying abroad in order to enhance their Jewish experience and overall study abroad experience.”

Jeremy S.

“Making the Jewish community accessible to Jewish students in every city in the world.”

Sarah G.

WHAT WE DO

In addition to all of the amazing opportunities and resources KAHAL provides, KAHAL UK aims to support the unique needs of British study abroad students and students studying in the UK. As such, KAHAL UK facilitates welcome events, provides internship opportunities for British students, offers in-person communication and engagement with UK-based students and campuses, and supports its interns to cater directly to the needs of British students. Check out some of the amazing student opportunities below!

SHABBAT

KAHAL UK helps students find accommodations for Shabbat services, food, and lodging. Depending on your city, KAHAL UK may have diverse denominational options for you to try.

SHABBAT

VOLUNTEER AND INTERN

KAHAL can connect British students or abroad students in the UK to volunteer opportunities within their Jewish communities. KAHAL also offers internships to students during and after their time abroad through our Global Ambassador program and Campus Internships.

VOLUNTEER AND INTERN

MEET LOCALS AND OTHER STUDENTS

KAHAL UK connects study abroad students to Jewish locals in their host city. In addition, KAHAL UK introduces study abroad students to each other as well as to local students through welcome events, Shabbat dinners, and other fun programs! Here is a testimonial from a KAHAL UK alum after he met Jewish students in London:

``My friend and I traveled from our study abroad site in Florence to London to immerse ourselves in the local Jewish life and particularly Jewish student life. We attended a Shabbat dinner organized by Central London FND (Friday Night Dinners), also known as the Union of Jewish Students. The best part of the experience was getting to know other Jewish students from the local community. After an obligatory round of Jewish geography with each new friend, we discussed several Jewish topics, including Hanukkah in London, the social and cultural view of the Jewish community in London, and even our perspectives on Israel. However, we also connected as student peers, talking about the differences between English and American TV shows and politics and the differences between our two colleges—New York University (NYU) and University College London (UCL). When we decided to visit London and specifically the Jewish community in London, we never imagined being able to connect with Jewish students in the same way that we do at our own main NYU campus in NYC. If nothing else, I know I have made Jewish friends in London whom I can stay connected with moving forward.``

MEET LOCALS AND OTHER STUDENTS

DIY

KAHAL UK's DIY materials ensure that every student, regardless of the existence and size of their local Jewish community, can stay connected to their Jewish identity while abroad. We share amazing resources with KAHAL for students to host their own holiday meals and services, including the unique KAHAL Haggadah.

DIY

LEADERSHIP AND ACTIVISM

KAHAL UK assists and supports students who are looking for leadership and activism opportunities while they are abroad. Specifically, KAHAL UK holds a limited amount of spots for students to accompany March of the Living UK to Poland, and has connections for students to participate in the EU and UNESCO seminars. Here is a KAHAL UK alum's reflection from her experience on March of the Living:

``It's hard to process everything we lived while in Poland. One moment I was meeting Jews from all over the world and exchanging anecdotes and playing Jewish geography, and the next I was standing in a concentration camp. I felt comfort and friendship and happiness and I also felt sorrow and pain and despair. The March of the Living was beyond a doubt the highlight of my abroad experience for exactly that reason--even though some of us were living the toughest days of our lives, the fact that we were Jewish and alive and laughing and crying together is the best form of revenge. The testimonies of the survivors, the places we saw and the history we retraced left an impact on me that I'll never forget. I am so grateful to KAHAL for making this experience possible, and I know that those of us who are witnesses of this unspeakable horror now have the responsibility to make sure the rest of the world never forgets.``

LEADERSHIP AND ACTIVISM

HIGH HOLIDAYS AND PASSOVER

KAHAL UK recognizes each student is looking for a different High Holiday and Passover experience. KAHAL UK's large and diverse network of holiday accommodations allows us to help students find the holiday experience they are looking for--familiar or new, Ashkenazi or Sephardic, orthodox or reform, student-only or with a host family.

HIGH HOLIDAYS AND PASSOVER

WHY KAHAL UK

KAHAL had maintained a presence in the UK for a number of years in an attempt to connect incoming students to British communities. After a number of British Jewish students started reaching out to get involved, KAHAL launched a year-long independent research project to assess need in the UK for support of Jewish exchange students. The results were overwhelming, showing hundreds of British students going on global exchange programs each year, and even more students abroad in the UK needing additional support. Thus, KAHAL UK was founded in 2019 with the unique mission of supporting study abroad students in and from the UK.

KAHAL AND KAHAL UK'S RELATIONSHIP

KAHAL and KAHAL UK work inseparably to ensure the global facilitation of Jewish study abroad experiences. The two organizations share a brand identity in addition to a global network of partners required to carry out the purposes of both organizations. KAHAL UK exists to represent and advocate for the needs of British exchange students in this network, and to strengthen the British Jewish communities commitment and support of these students. As an independent organization, KAHAL UK makes decisions based on achieving our mission as stated above, to the benefit of British Jewish students, students abroad in the UK, and the wider British community.

KAHAL UK Board of Directors

Juliett Reingold

Board Chair and Governance Chair

Juliet is a lawyer working in the City of London and a Partner at Simmons & Simmons, an international law firm. She specializes in energy and infrastructure projects particularly focussing on the defense, nuclear, transport, social accommodation and utilities sectors and advises the UK Government on major, complex, high value and nationally significant public private partnerships. Her key deals include acting for the Government on: key infrastructure projects such as UK high speed railways (both Channel Tunnel and High Speed 2); nuclear power deals; prisons, rail and defense privatizations; as well as advising the Ministry of Defense on major military and nuclear projects designed to help the armed forces operate efficiently and safely. She has had various leadership and management appointments including as Global Head of the firm’s Energy & Infrastructure Sector and Global Head of International Projects. These roles have taken her around the world over the years having worked on projects in the UK, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa.

Juliet Reingold

London, England

Scott Saunders

Treasury Chair

Scott Saunders

London, England

Alex Jakubowski

US Appointed Member

Alex is the founder and executive director of KAHAL: Your Jewish Home Abroad, which creates transformative Jewish experiences for students studying abroad. As a Senior Adviser at Mission Measurement, Alex also serves as the Director of the Jewish Impact Genome, a landmark project to build a common language of impact across the Jewish nonprofit sector. A native of Chicago, he graduated cum laude with honors in Classical Languages and Civilizations from Northwestern University. Committed to human-centered design and innovation in the social sector, Alex was awarded the Covenant Foundation’s Pomegranate Prize for Jewish Education in 2016. Alex is a founding board member of SketchPad: Chicago's Jewish Innovation Space, and an active member of AIPAC, Alpha Epsilon Pi, JCYS, the Fraternal Order of Police, the JUF, and various other Chicagoland Jewish organizations and synagogues. His passions include golf, college football, and every dog he’s ever met.

Alex Jakubowski

Chicago, USA

Fleurise Lewis

Advancement Chair

As a regular global student traveller, Fleurise was constantly inspired by both individuals and communities who reached out to to provide a home away from home. As a young professional with a global professional role, she often found herself immersed in communities around the world when balancing travel and her Jewish life far from home. Fleurise is now passionate about providing an 'open house' to students and young professionals who are always welcome in her home and providing a connection and support for those away from their families who can be assured their children have a network of support wherever they find themselves.

Fleurise Lewis

London, England

KAHAL UK Campus Interns

Rebecca Spagnoletto

University College London Campus Intern

Major: Economics

Studied Abroad: London, UK

Bucket List Destination: Saudi Arabia

Rebecca Spagnoletto

University College London

Lauren Kaye

University of Leeds Campus Intern

Major: French

Studied abroad: Paris France

Bucket List Destination: Santorini, Greece

Lauren Kaye

University of Leeds

David Dwek

University of Birmingham Campus Intern

David Dwek

University of Birmingham

UK Registered Charity No.1186146

Incorporation Certificate
KAHAL UK Statement on Erasmus Vote

Your first point of contact for any Jewish study abroad experience should be KAHAL. They will put you in touch with the local Jewish community and connect you to other study abroad students, wherever you choose to go. Their staff cover different regions and can use their specialised knowledge to help you tailor your experience. They offer grants of up to $250 to help you organise amazing Jewish experiences on your travels, and the possibilities are endless. Fancy a shabbat away with your friends in an Airbnb? KAHAL can help with that. Alex Jakubowski and his team have previously set me up in the Jewish community in Madrid, given me a grant to go to the Go Jewish conference in Holland, and coordinated a great Jewish tour of Buenos Aires for a group of KAHAL students. They have supported me throughout my whole year abroad and I would really recommend getting in touch with them to see how they can support you, too.

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