It is our mission to support, organize, and enable young Jews to move to Israel and make a transformative impact on Israeli Society, the Jewish community and the world. We believe that Israel is the project of the Jewish people, and that by investing in that project and contributing to it in a deep and meaningful way, Israel can serve as a conduit for making great positive change in the world.
ImpactAliyah operates by building communities of Israel activists on college campuses throughout North America who are emboldened to ask and search for answers to the simple question "how can I best contribute to Israel?" These communities are built around 10 day winter-break Focus trips to Israel, where students engage with Israel's opportunities and challenges. During the semester prior to the trip, ImpactAliyah communities build the trip's content, design its programs and work towards outcomes that will contribute to Israel. In the semester following the winter trip, students cultivate the connections they build on the program, and bring back programs which will serve to expose the greater campus community to the challenges and opportunities they learned about on the trip. We see this as a way of building a community of leaders who connect to Israel in a deep and meaningful way, and serve as a bridge between Israel and the American Jewish community.
ImpactAliyah was founded in 2007 with a group of 20 students who attended our first focus-trip to israel based at Brandeis University. This year ImpactAliyah is expanding to include Boston and New York regions. We plan to continue to expand our programs across North America in a staged growth period over the course of the next four years.
The ImpactAliyah team is made up of two central elements: a steering committee made up of student leaders, and an advisory board of professional leaders in the organized Jewish world. Click on the links to read more about who is behind ImpactAliyah: