Phoenix is a yearlong program in which 10 Israeli students from Hillel at Ben-Gurion University and Hillel Sapir were selected to, among other things, go on a journey following Jewish life in Eastern Europe along with 60 other students from the former Soviet Union. Together they explore Jewish life before and after WWII.
The second Phoenix cohort was selected in May 2015. Through October the group went through a series of learning sessions preparing them for the journey. Following their trip, which will take place in October 2015, the students will execute initiatives on campus, benefiting the local community and engaging their student peers.
Last cohort's initiatives include "Once Upon a Kitchen Counter" and a fundraising event.
The Phoenix program is an international program initiated and headed by Genesis Philanthropy Group
with Yad Vashem, JDC and the Jewish Agency for Israel. Genesis Philanthropy Group’s mission is to develop and enhance a sense of Jewish identity among Russian-speaking Jews worldwide, with a particular emphasis on the former Soviet Union, North America, and Israel, where up to three million Russian-speaking Jews reside.