Shalem students say they want to make a difference in Israeli society. So we give them the tools to go out and do it.
We start by enrolling all freshmen in a year-long course on “Challenges and Schisms in Israeli Society.” The course, which comprises a classroom sessions replete with substantive readings, lectures by leading thinkers and activists, and experiential visits to the field, reveals the driving forces behind Israel’s hot-button issues, so that students can address them with sensitivity, wisdom, and nuance.
From there, it’s a small step to the next year’s community-service requirement, which sees each sophomore placed in a nonprofit organization selected for its ambition to effect broad, long-term change in the Jewish state.
Finally, the Office of Career Services and Leadership bridges, in students’ third and fourth years, the world of community engagement and career by channeling idealism into the professional realm. Each week, at a personalized internship and through the tutelage of a mentor, students see the myriad ways in which their broad base of knowledge and background in interdisciplinary thinking can contribute to a seemingly endless array of professional pursuits, each of which can affect the public life of the nation for the better.