Hasbara Fellowships is a leading pro-Israel campus activism organization working across North America. Hasbara Fellowships, spearheaded by Aish International in 2001, and Aish Toronto in Canada, brings hundreds of students to Israel every summer and winter, giving them the information and tools to return to their campuses as educators about Israel (these students are called ‘Hasbara Fellows’).
So far, Hasbara Fellowships has educated over 3,000 students on over 250 university campuses. Upon returning from the program, the Hasbara Fellows receive support from our staff, as well as access to various campaigns, programs, speakers and other materials and tools. Hasbara Fellowships has existed amongst volunteers and part-time staffers in Canada, but only since May, 2015, has it been represented by a Director of its own.
Robert Walker, Canadian Director, has put his past experience in the private sector to good use for Hasbara Fellowships. Robert studied Journalism at the University of Ottawa, and has worked for nearly 10 years in communications consulting and digital marketing, but his passion was always Israel advocacy. In the summer of 2014, during Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, he launched a grassroots public rally for Israel which attracted more than 3,000 people, and was the first public show of support for Israel during the conflict. In March 2015, he organized a 9-hour long Israel advocacy training workshop, which attracted more than 400 attendees. Robert lives in Toronto with his wife and 2 daughters.
Our aim is to equip leaders of pro-Israel groups on university campuses with the tools, training and strategic approach necessary to effectively impact their campuses for Israel.
This is done through a combination of our renowned Israel training sessions (we send 4 groups per year to Israel for 16 days of training), as well as close cooperation and engagement while on campus.
"Hasbara Fellowships provides the knowledge, the training and most importantly, the motivation to student leaders to defend Israel where she most needs it: on the campuses. That is why I strive to meet with Hasbara Fellowships groups at every opportunity."
Natan Sharansky, Human Rights Activist and former ‘Refusenik’
"Hasbara Fellowship’s work in educating, training, and empowering student advocates contributes vitally to the campus Israel network. They are an integral part of the framework for success in creating a positive campus environment regarding Israel."
Stephen Kuperberg, Executive Director of the Israel on Campus Coalition
Want to find out more? Contact Robert Walker, Canadian Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.