Thirty-two Senior Fellows graduated from Write On for Israel, JUF's two-year high school Israel education and advocacy program, on Tuesday night.
After seven participating Junior year seminars, Senior year workshops and advocacy projects, a trip to Israel and a Washington D.C. Advocacy Fly-In, these Fellows are prepared to walk onto their college campuses as highly-skilled advocates for Israel.
JUF's 2013 Annual Campaign Chair Michael Zaransky addressed the Fellows and their parents at graduation. "This program, specifically, plants the seeds and aids in the preservation of a future vibrant Jewish community for years to come," he said. "These Fellows are the hope for the future of the Jewish people and for the state of Israel."
During the ceremony, graduates were given the opportunity to reflect on their experience. "With the help of Write On, I've learned how to not only become a better advocate for Israel, but how to speak to different audiences about the issues and get my point across clearly," said Jayce Feiger, who will enroll at the University of Chicago in the Fall.
John Lowenstein, JUF's vice president of Campus Affairs, and father of a graduating senior, remarked, "I've seen tremendous growth in my son not only as an Israel advocate, but as a leader as well."
JUF congratulates these Fellows for their tremendous commitment to the Jewish people and State of Israel and looks forward to hearing about their accomplishments in college.
Write On for Israel is now accepting applications from current high school sophomores for the 9th cohort. For further information please contact JUF's Israel Education Center Coordinator Brian Horwitz.