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Promoting Jewish Life and Community at IDC Herzliya

Updated: Aug 23, 2018



The Raphael Recanati International School’s Social and Cultural Department provides a variety of extracurricular activities ranging from sporting events such as the kayaking club, to the Ambassador’s Club, which aims to influence a new generation of leaders to make the case for Israel, and much more. It also aims to introduce international students to the diversity of Israel culture. “We work to make sure that our international students are introduced to and become comfortable with the Israeli way of life,” says Or-Lee Kaidar, RRIS Social and Cultural Affairs Coordinator. Under the Social and Cultural department’s umbrella, IDC Hillel and the off-campus OU-JLIC, which falls under the purview of IDC Hillel, conduct religious and traditional Jewish activities. IDC caters to all Jewish students who come from diverse backgrounds and traditions, so every single student feels that he or she belongs. There is also a strong emphasis on regular interaction between the veteran Israeli and International students. Jonathan Davis, vice president for External Relations and head of the Raphael Recanati International School, says, “It is extremely important to make these students feel at home every day of the week.” Joint events with Israeli students, special trips around the country and getting to know Israel’s rich history, culture and beautiful landscapes, celebrating the holidays and holding regular Shabbat dinners throughout the year on campus build exciting experiences and memories that last a lifetime.