The IACT Story

IACT is a visionary campus program and is making a powerful impact on the lives of Jewish students in New England and beyond. As we expand nationally, through cooperation with Hillel International we look forward to many more years of success.

Lets take a look at the story so far.


In 1999 Michael Steinhardt and Charles Bronfman launch Birthright Israel which provides an unprecedented opportunity for Jewish students to travel to Israel for free, thereby strengthening their connection to Israel and opening up avenues for involvement in Jewish life.


By 2005 Birthright's numbers hit 100,000 and CJP tasks Associate Vice President Cheryl Aronson with creating a comprehensive vision to ensure Jewish students in the Boston area leverage the gift of Birthright Israel.

IACT establishes the three pillars of engagement which drive our activities:

Israel Engagement
Jewish Learning
Community Service

IACT begins with three New England campuses, Tufts, UMASS/Amherst and Brandeis and funds a full time IACT Campus Coordinator who recruits students for travel on a campus bus that benefits from an enhanced itinerary and trip experience. 


IACT coordinators are trained in intensive training conferences each semester, enjoy ongoing coaching and benefit from on-site visits from senior IACT staff. 

IACT Coordinators are tasked with providing a holistic experience that encompasses the pre-trip, trip and post-trip stages of Birthright Israel.

 and the results?

The number of Birthright Israel participants grows at each campus and an average of 80% of all returnees at each campus became engaged in ongoing Jewish educational opportunities.


Boston University, Northeastern and Harvard are added to IACT.


2010 - 2011

6 more campuses are added:

MIT, Wellesley, Brown, Amherst College, Williams College & Clark University.


IACT receives generous grant for national expansion to 12 new campuses outside New England for the 2014/15 academic year.


2015 National Expansion Campuses

  • Columbia University

  • Rutgers University

  • University of Arizona

  • University of Colorado at Boulder

  • University of Pennsylvania

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison



National Expansion Campuses Include:

  • University of Florida

  • University of Texas at Austin

  • The Ohio State University

  • University of Maryland

  • University of California-Santa Barbara


In the Fall of 2015, IACT expanded to an additional 7 campuses...

In 2017, IACT expands to:

  • New York University

  • University of Central Florida

  • University of Miami

  • University of Southern California

  • University of Vermont

In 2018, IACT is at 30 sites after expanding to:

  • Michigan State University

  • Washington University in St. Louis

  • University of Pittsburgh

In 2019, IACT Maintains Presence at 30 Campuses

In the Summer of 2020, IACT is acquired by Hillel International and streamlines to 29 of the best universities across the United States!

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CJP, together with Jerusalem-based Upstart Ideas, establishes the IACT initiative which is designed to transform Jewish life on campus by inspiring Jewish students to actively engage with their identity as a result of participation on the Birthright Israel trip and in post-trip activities.