B'ruchim Ha'ba'im! Bnai Bayit welcomes you!

The goal of Bnai Bayit is to foster connections among Israelis and the North American Jewish community. We believe that opening our homes to Israelis studying in our cities can build friendships and greater understanding between Israelis and North America Jews.

We hope to introduce you to our diverse Jewish lives, both to deepen your connection to the global Jewish community and to enhance an understanding of the experiences we face. Through meaningful relationships with you, your host family will gain a deeper appreciation for the nuances and challenges of life in Israel.

The Bet Bet student experience

We hold an annual reception for all students and host families. We encourage about five meet-ups during the course of the year. Once we find you a matching host, connecting and engaging is up to you both. We’re happy to help facilitate if needed. Just let us know!

Some get-togethers might include:

  • Having a meal at your host family’s home for Jewish or American holidays.

  • Sharing a Shabbat dinner (or deeper Shabbat experience, if you wish) with your host family.

  • Meeting for coffee, breakfast or lunch (preferably near campus).

  • Engaging in a volunteer experience together.

  • Attending a cultural or sports event with your host family.

  • Visiting a special landmark together.

We’re expanding Bnai Bayit into other communities across the United States. If you know of additional Israeli graduate students who might be interested, please contact us at betbetprogram@gmail.com.