Attached is my video I submitted to JakeTV. In it, I discuss Birthright as my first real Jewish experience and how absolutely floored I was by the genuine sense of community I felt in Israel and with my peers on the trip. I am currently an active member of my school's Jewish university center, and I really owe it all to the connection I built on Birthright.
I read an article from the Times of Israel which covered the topic of the massacre at the Egyptian mosque earlier today. Israel Katz condemned the radical jihadists and senseless deaths of hundreds from this attack and countless others, and said that the Jewish state would stand with Egypt as they process the tragedy and move forward.
This article was about an Israeli woman, Darya Shaked, who moved to Silicon Valley and saw firsthand how difficult it was for Israeli women to have successful careers there relative to their male counterparts. To solve this problem and bring more connections between women to Palo Alto, she founded WeAct. With this, she has been able to create networking and start-up opportunities to around 50 Israeli women in the region.
I changed my Twitterprofile!
Last Saturday morning I attended a Shabbat meal organized by Hillel. We had bagels and lox, and it was nice to have an event together as a community before we all went home for Thanksgiving.
This Friday night before Shabbat dinner I attended a prayer service at Hillel. Because Thanksgiving is coming up, we discussed ways to make Thanksgiving more Jewish, which was interesting because I had always considered it a nondenominational holiday.
I recently attended Hillel's Make a Difference Day, where I went to the JUC and baked goodies to sell to students on campus, and in turn make money to donate to hurricane relief organizations. All of the food was kosher and it was very rewarding, especially to bake with other Jewish students.
The most memorable, transformative part of my birthright experience was choosing my Hebrew name, Rivkah, and sharing that moment with my new friends atop Masada. I always come back to this moment because it is the moment I began being strong and not settling for less than I deserved, and it is something that I've been able to carry with me when difficult situations presented themselves this year.
A few of my birthright friends and I are Greek Team representatives for our sororities through Hillel. Today, we all met up for a brunch and discussed being the minority in a majority of the groups we are in and really tried to bridge the gap between Jewish students in Greek life.
I downloaded this app just for fun without really any intention of ever using it but was very surprised to see how many Jews were in Pittsburgh! We're not as much of a minority as I had originally thought.
My friends and I met up for a cookout on the WPU lawn to encourage students to register! Shown are 3 of us but there were easily 10 of us there.
I saw Abigail, Elina, Matt, and Alyssa at birthright and bagels! we talked to other students about our trip.
This week I also attended services and my favorite part of this experience was just the feeling of being in a community.
This was my first time at a RH service, but I still felt like I belonged. The one thing that keeps coming up through all of these activities is community, and the service was very accommodating to people who observed the holiday in many different ways.
It was great seeing people from the trip and eating some great kosher food!
I attended a Reform Shabbat service at Hillel. This was not my first time, and I will definitely be going back-- I love Miriam's Song!
This was my first RH experience and it was certainly memorable! It's always great seeing everyone together and who doesn't love honey?
Now I get notifications and can see posts
We all met at an AEPi event and just reminisced about our time together on the trip! it was a great time.
It was so great to catch up with everyone from Birthright and the Jewish community. As always, the challah was a plus!
I like getting update notifications!
Didn't take a picture at Stack'd but did save this screenshot of the 10 of us planning it. We all celebrating seeing each other over burgers.
I chose the name Rivkah for myself because while I was choosing I was going through a very tough and pivotal point in my life. Rivkah is of course a major matriarch in Judiasm and embodies strength. I strive to embody Rivkah.
I got this ring in Tzfat and have been wearing it every day since. It has on it a prayer in Hebrew and it makes me feel closer to Israel when I wear it.
I attended a Shabbat Brunch with the members of the Greek Team for Jews in Greek life on campus. We ate bagels and lox, and it was really nice to get together and see everyone!
On Friday, I attended a Shabbat Dinner at Hillel. I helped lead prayers and then sat with my friends to enjoy the meal.
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