The Initiative Center is a Hillel at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem program in partnership with JAFI's Washington – South Africa – Beit Shemesh – Mateh Yehuda P2G.
Students are an incredible source of new ideas and great energy. Many of them are looking for a way to put their ideas into practice but in most cases they do not have the tools and experience to turn their vision into action. Because of this, the young entrepreneur often gives up, not only on the idea itself but also on the belief that s/he can bring positive change to the community and the world.
Through the Initiative Center, Hillel offers training to develop the participants' entrepreneurial capabilities, as well as strengthens the participants' Jewish identity and sense of belonging to a local community and a Global Jewish Community. The Initiative Center is unique in that it considers the implementation of the students' initiatives as part of the training process. Hillel provides in-depth study of Jewish content, along with practical tools, and a preliminary budget for implementation of the initiatives.