WASHINGTON, DC — Hillel International today announced that former Israeli Justice Minister and Member of Knesset Dr. Yossi Beilin has been elected to serve as chair of the board of Hillel Israel, a volunteer position. His appointment was unanimously approved by the Board of Directors of Hillel Israel.
In addition to his extensive public service career, Beilin is the visionary of the Birthright Israel program, which has brought more than 650,000 young Diaspora Jews to Israel for 10-day educational trips. The Hillel movement recruits more college-age students for Taglit-Birthright Israel trips than any other organization.
“Yossi Beilin has spent his entire career devoted to strengthening the future of the Jewish community,” said Hillel International President and CEO Eric D. Fingerhut, who also serves on the Hillel Israel Board of Directors. “His insights into Hillel’s role in shaping tomorrow’s Jewish leaders are invaluable and we are excited to build and grow with his leadership.”
Beilin was chosen to lead Hillel Israel in a two-step process that included his nomination to the board by Hillel Israel’s shareholder assembly and his election to serve as chair by Hillel Israel’s board. Both decisions were unanimous.
“After a long career serving the people of Israel, I am thrilled to expand my role to serve the global Jewish people,” said Beilin. “I will work hard to create and strengthen the bonds of Jewish students around the world to one another and to Israel.”
Beilin replaces Avraham Infeld, the former president of Hillel International, who stepped down as chair of the Hillel Israel board after six years of service. Infeld remains an active board member.
“Hillel Israel’s mission is to make Judaism relevant to the lives of young Israeli Jews, and to strengthen their sense of belonging to the global Jewish people” said Alon Friedman, Director General of Hillel Israel. “We enthusiastically welcome Dr. Beilin to the Hillel Israel family and are confident that his leadership will add immense value to our students and our work.”
Dr. Beilin’s career in public service began with his appointment as Cabinet Secretary. As a member of Knesset for 20 years, Beilin has held ministerial positions in the governments of Prime Ministers Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres and Ehud Barak. He has devoted his career to the pursuit of peace, Jewish continuity and a strong Israel-Diaspora relationship.
The shareholders of Hillel Israel also appointed Israeli business leader and philanthropist Arie Mintkevich to serve on the board as a new member. Mintkevich previously served as General Counsel at Israel’s Ministry of Finance, chair of Israel’s Securities Authority, chair of Israel’s Discount Bank and Vice Chair of IDB Holdings, a prominent Israeli business group.
About Hillel Israel
Through exploration of the variety of Jewish life abroad, and significant encounters with Hillel students worldwide, Hillel Israel seeks to emphasize the relevance of Jewish life to today’s Israeli students and young adults, inspiring them to explore their Jewish identity and to feel a sense of belonging to “The Global Jewish People.” Hillel Israel, headquartered at the Edgar Bronfman Center in the Hebrew University, operates in eight major University and college campuses throughout the country and engages over 20,000 Israeli students per year in meaningful Jewish experiences.
About Hillel International
Founded in 1923, Hillel has been enriching the lives of Jewish students for 90 years. Today, Hillel International is a global organization that welcomes students of all backgrounds and fosters an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel. Hillel is dedicated to enriching the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. As the largest Jewish student organization in the world, Hillel builds connections with emerging adults at more than 550 colleges and universities, and inspires them to direct their own path. During their formative college years, students are challenged to explore, experience, and create vibrant Jewish lives.
Vice President of Communications, Hillel International