IACT

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About IACT

IACT, Inspired, Active, Committed, Transformed, is a comprehensive strategy that leverages Birthright Israel to transform Jewish life on campus. IACT’s mission is to ensure that every Jewish student has the opportunity to participate in a meaningful immersive Israel experience and be supported on a journey of Jewish discovery before, during, and after that experience. IACT achieves its goals by providing funding, resources, and support for a dedicated campus professional who will identify and engage lesser-affiliated first-year students and sophomores, recruit them to join a Birthright Israel trip, and steward their involvement in Jewish campus life.

IACT on Campus

 

IACT Campuses

Founding Campuses:

  • Boston University
  • Brandeis University
  • Brown University
  • Clark University
  • Harvard University
  • MIT
  • Northeastern University
  • Tufts University
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Other Campuses:

  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Michigan State University
  • Rutgers University
  • The Ohio State University
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Colorado, Boulder
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Florida
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Miami
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Texas, Austin
  • University of Vermont
  • Virginia Tech
  • Washington University in Saint Louis

IACT History

The signature campus engagement initiative was piloted in 2007 by Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston (CJP) and scaled nationally in partnership with the Edward Fein Foundation. The initiative moved to Hillel International in summer 2020.

Spotlight on an IACT Coordinator

BU’s CARE Fellowship: Bolstering Student Mental Health

Our first-year Boston University IACT Coordinator, Zeke Parsons has hit the ground running. Zeke has had many one-on-one student meetings since the beginning of the semester, has assisted in implementing on-site and online activities within BU Hillel, is actively building and engaging his “Pre-Trip Community” per IACT’s overall strategy. In addition to these efforts, Zeke is also spearheading a new and unique fellowship opportunity for BU students called the CARE Fellowship. At present, the fellowship includes 15 BU students who actively help those struggling with feelings of isolation, depression, and other challenges brought about by COVID and campus life that is far different from that of the past.

Specifically, the CARE Fellows is advertising the following services:

  • Mental Health Support: Mental wellness is just as important as our physical health. Connect with a supportive community, get help from a professional wellness coach, and have authentic conversations.
  • Do Service Work with Senior Citizens: Interested in meeting with seniors and finding connection? The Care Fellowship offers virtual connections with seniors from all over the world!
  • BU Hillel Loves You Food Delivery: Delivers Matzoh Ball soup and cookies.
  • Virtual Shabbat/Holiday Celebrations: Monthly virtual Shabbat candle lighting and events! Virtual companion events for holidays as well!
  • As with efforts taking place on other IACT campuses, our team will monitor the impact of CARE, and encourage its codification so it can be replicated on other campuses within the IACT eco-system.

Contact IACT

For more information about IACT, please contact IACT@hillel.org.