Hillel International Student Cabinet Application

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For the first time in its history, Hillel International is creating a Student Cabinet, a group that will extend Jewish college students’ ability to connect with one another and scale the impact of Hillels around the world. We seek a diverse group of 25-30 Jewish students that strives to be representative of many facets of Jewish college students globally to make up the Student Cabinet. We are thrilled that you are considering applying. Please take a few moments to read through everything below before starting your application.

Each student is expected to:

  • Be available for a Skype interview February 29, March 1 or March 2, 2016
  • Participate in an in-person Student Cabinet meeting held each semester. The spring 2016 meeting will take place April 10-11 in the Washington, D.C. area; all expenses covered.  
  • Commit to a minimum of five hours of work per month, including monthly conference calls
  • Commit to a one and a half year term (Spring 2016 to Spring 2017)
  • Be a full time undergraduate student in good academic standing during the Fall 2016 to Spring 2017 academic school year  
  • Understand Hillel’s mission and vision are as follows:
    • Mission: Enriching the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world
    • Vision: We envision a world where every student is inspired to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel
  • Seek to make decisions based on the interests of the larger diverse Jewish student population
  • Applicant is comfortable prioritizing this Student Cabinet position as one of the top two commitments they have on campus outside of academics
  • Make a contribution to Hillel International. Student members are expected to give a minimum gift of $100 to go towards offsetting the costs of Student Cabinet activities. This can be done through a personal gift or fundraising. We do not discriminate based on socioeconomic status. We look forward to helping anyone throughout the fundraising process to meet this goal. If you have questions or concerns please contact Kayla Sokoloff at ksokoloff@hillel.org.

A competitive applicant is great at:

  • Listening to everyone’s opinions at the dinner table and asking the right questions to keep the conversation going
  • Uncovering commonalities even when-on the surface-the situation or group seems divergent or fragmented
  • Translating out their ideas and brainstorms to convert them into learnable experiences
  • Cultivating relationship with a large, diverse group of friends and connections
  • Dreaming big
  • Getting re-tweeted

A completed application includes submission of the following materials:

  • Online application form
  • Resume
  • Recommendation from a professional who has seen applicant in a leadership role and can speak to their abilities submitted to studentcabinet@hillel.org.
  • Nominations from 15 college students



  • English is not my first language, can I fill out my application in another language?

  • Who is on the selection committee?

  • Will I be disqualified if I choose to study abroad during my term on the cabinet?

  • My school does not have a Hillel, can I still apply?

  • I did not attend or participate in Jewish day school, summer camp, or a youth group. Will that hurt my application? Why are you asking me about how I identify Jewishly?

  • Does my recommendation need to be from a Hillel professional?

  • What is the $100 donation we are expected to make?

  • What is the timeline?

  • I hear I need to get 15 nominations from Jewish college students. What does this mean? Do they all have to be from my campus?

Application Closed