Write On for Israel welcomed its 10th cohort
Oct. 13 -- 29 high school juniors who
gathered to begin a two-year journey that will prepare them to be campus Israel
The Fellows and their parents got their first
taste of the educational approaches used by the community's leading Israel
education and advocacy training program. They considered their personal
connections to Israel, how they are integral to forming their Jewish identity,and key skills needed for successful advocacy.
They heard from three Senior Write On Fellows who assured them that they are at
the start of a life-changing experience.
The Chairman of JUF’s Overall Planning and
Allocations Committee, Bill Silverstein, who is the father of a Write On Senior
Fellow, praised the teens and their parents for making the commitment to begin
this important Jewishjourney.
Representing 10 public and private schools from throughout the Chicago area,
the new Fellows will participate in seven day-long
seminars over the next eight months, followed by a two-week trip to Israel that
will be highlighted by high-level briefings with journalists, government
officials, academics, diplomats and groups of Israeli and Palestinian teens.
As seniors next year, the Fellows will engage
in hands-on advocacy projects throughout the community and will travel to
Washington, D.C., arranged in concert with JUF’s Washington office, to meet
with members of the Illinois congressional delegation to discuss issues of
importance to Chicago-area Israel supporters.
The application period for next year's cohort will open in early spring 2014.
Write On for Israel is a
program of JUF's Israel Education Center.