KAHAL creates and facilitates transformational Jewish experiences for study abroad students. A robust resource and support network, KAHAL works with local communities around the world, providing Jewish study abroad students with the resources, tools, and personal connections they need to meaningfully engage with local Jewish communities, augment their transformative abroad experience, and deepen their connection to the global Jewish people. Since its founding in 2013, KAHAL has connected more than 10,000 Jewish students to immersive Jewish experiences during their life-changing time abroad. By incorporating Jewish experiences and choices into this transformative environment, KAHAL measurably increases students' attachment to the global Jewish people and increases the likelihood of their long-
term Jewish choices.
Over the past seven years, KAHAL has grown from a fledgling startup into one of the most respected, high-functioning, impactful organizations in the Jewish world. KAHAL’s partnership network extends to more than 65 countries and 130 cities worldwide; our award-winning staff are energized and committed to organizational growth and impact; our board has grown, while retaining core members and increasing its role in strategic planning and decision-making; and our funding relationships have solidified, placing KAHAL—despite a pandemic-ravaged economy and travel landscape—in the strongest financial position in our history.
While KAHAL began with a focus on deepening the experiences of Jewish students abroad, our vision is far broader. Amid the longest pause in travel in modern history, KAHAL is in a unique position to leverage our stability and success to plan and build for a new future of travel and exchange – not just for students, but for all travelers who want to deepen their Jewish connections through international and/or regional travel, or through virtual travel experiences from their own homes. With this vision in mind, and with the realization that new skills are needed to fuel this growth and diversification Alex Jakubowski, KAHAL’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer, will transition to the Board of Directors to allow for a new CEO to steward a strategic planning process and lead KAHAL to realize a fresh vision, new opportunities and a significant expansion of KAHAL’s reach, impact and resources.
KAHAL creates and facilitates transformational Jewish experiences for study abroad students. A robust resource and support network, KAHAL works with local communities around the world, providing Jewish study abroad…
|Chief Executive Officer (CEO)||Chicago, IL||January 5, 2021|