University Scholarships and Education: Every year Hillelprovides full scholarships for over 100 students pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees and vocational training. Our volunteers also provide private tutoring to those studying to pass high school matriculation exams.
Personal Mentors: Each participant is paired with a personal mentor, a trained Hillel volunteer who remains with the participant for many years. The mentor looks after the participant’s general well-being, and provides advice on any questions that arise—from writing checks to how dating works.
Housing Assistance: Hillel runs 4 apartments for short-term emergency stays, primarily for those who have just been evicted from their homes. Each year, approximately 60 participants stay in the apartments for some period of time. In addition, Hillel provides housing stipends to help those with especially limited means pay their rent.
Work Placement: After participants complete the appropriate level of education, Hillel helps them find jobs so they can support themselves and have the dignity of living independent lives.
Counseling and Mental Health: Hillel employs full time social workers who work with all of the participants, as well as a network of volunteer psychologists who provide free mental health counseling.
Social Events and Community-Building: Hillel hosts a variety of events including group dinners, Shabbat meals, lectures, hikes, and movie screenings. These help participants learn about Israeli culture and history and gain a sense of belonging to the country. The community that is formed helps participants create social networks and receive support from each other.
Assistance for Soldiers: Many of our participants join the army in order to facilitate their integration into mainstream society. Hillel works with the IDF to get our soldiers recognized as “lone soldiers,” and provides soldiers with rent assistance, holiday meals, and additional financial help.
Single Mothers Program: Hillel runs an initiative dedicated to helping mothers who are struggling to raise their children alone. The mothers receive special counseling, financial support, child psychologists, and weekend retreats that build community and provide the children with a new peer group.
The Hotline: Hillel’s hotline is staffed every evening by trained volunteers who answer calls from young people seeking our help. Calling the hotline is the first way new clients can get in touch with us, while others simply call when they find themselves in distress and need a compassionate listener.