KAHAL has found that UK Jewish and wider British communities benefit tremendously from the involvement of motivated local and international youth. Furthermore, in a space which has historically been dominated by Israel-focused travel and opportunities, KAHAL UK has demonstrated and facilitated the opportunity to connect Jewishly throughout the entire global community. The impact is two-fold. One one hand, host families and British student communities blossom when diverse Jewish voices are incorporated and heard. KAHAL encourages local communities to connect with Jewish values and welcome Jews from around the world into British Jewish communal life. On the other hand, for our British students engaging internationally, impact is felt through a deeper connection to Judaism in the next generation, bringing Jewish and secular values including Global Jewish Peoplehood and diversity back to the wider British community. All of this is accomplished through leveraging the transformational nature and unique opportunity presented by overseas study and travel to build relationships between Jewish youth and their peers abroad.
KAHAL launched in the UK in an attempt to connect incoming international students to British Jewish communities and saw large-scale success with thousands benefitting from immersive educational, social and cultural experiences within the local Jewish community. After a number of British Jewish students started reaching out to get involved when they were studying abroad, KAHAL launched a year-long independent research project to assess the opportunity in the UK to provide for British students in the global Jewish landscape. The results were overwhelming, discovering hundreds of British students going on global exchange programmes, and even more students than expected abroad in the UK each year. Thus, KAHAL UK was founded in 2019 with the unique mission of impacting study abroad students to and from the UK.
KAHAL UK has since grown from strength to strength. Under the direction of KAHAL UK’s staff and Board of Trustees, it has successfully empowered hundreds of British Jews studying abroad to explore and develop their individual Judaism in communities worldwide. KAHAL UK has developed both its Campus Internship programme as well as its Global Ambassador Fellowship; two programmes which are spearheaded by the next generation of young Jewish leaders and supported by the KAHAL UK team. Through creative partnerships and strong programme delivery, KAHAL UK continues to work alongside British and global Jewish communities to enhance young Jewish journeys.