Israel on Campus

Hillel is proud to be the front-line Jewish organization leading positive Israel engagement, education and advocacy on San Diego’s university campuses.

Hillel of San Diego employs two Israelis who serve asĀ shlichim (“ambassadors”) at UCSD and SDSU. Edi Mesoznikov and Elinor Levian are part of a national cadre of nearly 60 Jewish Agency Israel Fellows. The program, a collaboration between Hillel and the Jewish Agency for Israel, places young Israeli IDF veterans on strategically selected campuses to serve as peer ambassadors who play a critical role in connecting Jewish students with Israel, educate and promote a positive image of Israel to the campus community and counter anti-Israel propaganda. In addition, the shlichim work closely with the pro-Israel student groups on campus – Tritons for Israel at UCSD and Students Supporting Israel at SDSU.

These campus Israel Fellows bring Israel alive for thousands of Jewish students. They connect students with direct Israel travel opportunities and bring Israel to campus with campus-wide Israel celebrations, cultural programs, Hebrew language classes and prominent guest speakers. They bring strong leadership and critical support to pro-Israel student advocates on campus.

To learn more about how you can meet Edi and Elinor or what Hillel is doing to promote Israel on campus, contact Michael Rabkin at or (858) 550-2210.