Kahal
Connecting Students Abroad

Kahal has a simple vision based upon the experience of the founder: What if Jewish students studying abroad could be connected with the local Jewish community? 25,000 Jewish students study abroad each year. At a time when they are away from their friends, families, and schoolmates, Kahal creates people-to-people encounters for college-age Jews studying abroad. 

Working with local Jewish students, families, organizations, and community leaders, Kahal facilitates Shabbat and holiday dinners, connects students with other Jewish students, surfaces internship and volunteer opportunities, and helps students stay connected with their Judaism at a time in their lives when they might otherwise turn away. 

Support from the Leifer Family Fund helps Kahal to bring programming to more communities, now up to more than 50 countries and 110 cities around the world. Internships, recruitment, and an improved infrastructure help Kahal bring more young Jews into direct contact with other Jews around the world. 

And young Jews learn that their way of being Jewish is not the only way, and we are all part of the fabric of the broader Jewish community.