There is one more topic, however, that I would like to cover and that is the change you will make as “systems change leaders,” working together to effect change on the broader scale. You have looked inward, you have looked outward and now we are asking you to look onward.
When Sarah Kunst returned from her REALITY journey, the echo of her Israel experience was apparent in many aspects of her life, from her day-to-day business to her take on black history and current events. Read more about Sarah’s experience in Israel and how she stays connected to all that she learned and observed.
REALITY alumnna Julia Winston hosted a Pride Shabbat dinner. In this post, she tells the story of how this dinner came to be, weaving together her personal narrative with her experience on REALITY in Israel. It was an evening celebrating art, community, storytelling and family. Read on to learn more.
If I had gone on the March of the Living trip, I wouldn’t have had the desire to go on the ROI Poland Delegation - a trip that has forever changed my view on darkness, humanity, and the power of hope. It’s impossible to sum up the six days of the ROI Delegation in Poland in a mere 400 words so I’ll focus on my most memorable and moving moments of our time together.
When the idea of the ROI trip came about, I decided it was the right time and right group of people, regardless of the fact that before the trip I knew just 3 people, to participate and learn. I knew that it would be a comfortable atmosphere to experience something so indescribably uncomfortable.
My perception of Poland has always been that of the scene of THE crime, with nothing else to offer but a reminder of what can happen to our people and the importance of Israel's existence to prevent history from repeating itself. I learned that this limited view doesn't do justice to the centuries of Jewish life and culture that existed, thrived and informs our traditions to this day.
With Israel having the highest density of startups in the world, and Tel Aviv ranking second to Silicon Valley in the International Startup Ecosystem Index, it’s no surprise that hundreds of American college students flock to Israel each summer to work. Through programs like Birthright Excel, Tamid, Onward, or even if they come independently, interns are now a regular occurrence at companies across the spectrum of industries in Israel. Here are the lessons I learned while interning this summer at Viola Group, Israel’s premier technology oriented private equity investment group.
The way that hunger impacts people can look very different, and it happens in different places for different reasons. I think it's important for us all to understand both local and global food issues and the ways that our individual choices and actions can have an impact.
Growing up as an American kid with one Jewish and one non-Jewish parent, I never thought much about having a Jewish identity. It was much more important to be mainstream American, and aside from lighting Hanukkah candles, heading up to my grandparents' for Passover, and occasional conversations about the situation in Israel, we weren't observant or involved in Jewish life. I didn't really feel very Jewish either -- everyone around who was Jewish was more Jewish than me. ——That started to change when I went to China and quickly went from one of the least to one of the most Jewish people around, relatively.