• Our strength is the ability to create safe places for civil, nuanced, and indepth conversation.
  • Active listening and empathy are critical to any meaningful interaction.
  • We are a convener of diverse conversations.
  • Program participants engage with outstanding scholars and thinkers.
  • We empower students to be change-makers.

Avi Shabbat

Since 2011, hundreds of campuses, primarily through their Hillels with supporting materials from ASF, have created Avi Shabbat experiences, generally around February 12th, the anniversary of Avi’s death. This annual event commemorates how one remarkable young man can and did make a difference on his campus. The Avi Shabbat, developed by each campus, includes the sharing of a communal Shabbat meal and a shared conversation incorporating one or both of the following two areas of interest:

  • Promoting open and respectful discourse within the Jewish community, specifically surrounding conversations about Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian Relationship
  • Fostering interfaith understanding and cross-cultural encounters

ASF Campus Grantees Map

ASF Campus Granting Programs engage students and college campus communities across North America- from Los Angeles to Providence, from Calgary to New Orleans and many places in between. Click on the pins below for more information.

marker-purpleA blue flag denotes an Avi Shabbat
marker-greenA green flag denotes an Innovation Grant
marker-purple-newA purple flag denotes an Avi Shabbat & Innovation Grant



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