Maayan Bamidbar: A Reciprocal Tutoring Program


Maayan Bamidbar (trans. a wellspring in the desert) builds bridges between Arab and Jewish students, helping Arabic-speakers succeed in their studies, while introducing Jewish students to Arabic language and culture.

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Dani Albukrek, Undergraduate from Turkey


Dani Albukrek is a second-year student of Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies. Growing up, his family belonged to Istanbul’s small Jewish community. His family highly valued education, and Dani developed his own thirst for learning. He attended a prestigious private elementary school in Istanbul, outside of the Jewish community.  

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Jacob (Yakov) Shapiro, Future Diplomat


Jacob (Yakov) Shapiro is a third-year student in the departments of Communications and International Relations. He was born to parents who immigrated to Israel in the early 1990s from Minsk (now Belarus). When Jacob was four years old, his parents separated. His mother raised him, while also caring for her aging mother. Jacob’s father cut off all contact.

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Eva Khasis, Neuropsychology


Eva is originally from Haifa. She has been living in Jerusalem for the past four years. Her mother, a single parent, raised Eva while also caring for her aging parents.

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The Children and Youth Rights Clinic


The Clinic operates within the Faculty of Law. The 20 students who participate use a holistic approach to promote the rights of at-risk children and youth in Israel through three main channels:

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Connecting Students to the University Community


First Year Not Alone

First Year Not Alone is a program run jointly with the Hebrew University Student Union, connecting incoming students with a second- or third-year student in their field. The mentors provide guidance, help students get their bearings, and help the newcomer acclimate to student life.

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Hands-On Intervention & Tutoring


Soha Jiryes is a third year undergraduate in the chemistry department, with a minor in education. She grew up in Kafr Yasif in northern Israel, one of 4 siblings. Her father is in a wheelchair and relies heavily on her mother, so Soha and her siblings began working at an early age.

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Bolstering Students’ Language Skills


Maayan Bamidbar (trans. a wellspring in the desert) builds bridges between Arab and Jewish students, helping Arabic-speakers succeed in their studies, while introducing Jewish students to Arabic language and culture.

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The Shluchei Tzibur (Public Envoys) Program


In 2011, the University established the ‘Shluchei Tzibur’ (Public Envoys) program for mid-career Haredi community leaders. This 2-year academic support and leadership development program is designed primarily for graduate students (across disciplines). The program comprises of three core elements:

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