Finding Paths to Activism After Birthright

With over 340,000 young adults having participated in Taglit: Birthright Israel trips to date, the number of potential pro-Israel activists is virtually limitless. As many observers have noted, getting people excited during a trip to Israel is the easy part. The hard part? Sustaining students’ passion and enthusiasm post-Birthright. The answer? Immediate action, education and [...]

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Boston Schools Unite for Israel

Boston-area students Edward Hammer and Lindsey Cohen believe there is power in numbers. This past year they created BICA, the Boston Israel Campus Alliance, an entirely student-run organization that brings together representatives of 11 schools ranging from Boston University to Smith College to Suffolk. “BICA is student run, allowing for more flexibility and creativity within [...]

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Ezra Benus, middle

New Student Leaders Map Plans for Next Year

As Israel-related student organizations say goodbye to graduating activists, elections and appointments bring new leaders to the forefront of campus Israel activity. The end of the academic year is the time for making new plans, setting new goals and identifying new events to put on the calendar for the upcoming semester. Many activists examine their [...]

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Yousef Bashir

A Powerful Voice for Coexistence

A little boy looks outside and sees his family’s farm burning, his father’s hard work in flames. Men he didn’t recognize were running towards his house. As he watched them approaching, he realized that they were not there to help. This was Yousef Bashir’s first memory growing up in Gaza. Today, he’s a student at Northeastern University, [...]

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Northwestern Study Abroad

Northwestern to Offer New Study Abroad Program in Israel

Northwestern University is launching a two-track study abroad program at Tel Aviv University for a diverse group of undergraduate students to explore topics in global health and immigration. According to Devora Grynspan, the director of international program development at Northwestern (NU), the two programs that will begin in spring 2014, “Public Health in Israel” and [...]

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Nicole Patolai

At UC San Diego, It’s About Pride

On the way to her interview with Israel Campus Beat last week, Nicole Patolai was stopped in the center of campus by UC San Diego’s Chabad rabbi. “Will we see you again for Shabbat dinner tonight?” he asked her. “Maybe,” she responded. “I’m pretty busy.” [This is the fourth in a series of articles entitled ICB [...]

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Jonathan Falk, right, with students

The Next Step: From Israel Intern to Professional

Campus Israel activists generally have working relationships with multiple pro-Israel organizations, and some get more involved by interning with these groups. In some cases, activists with intern experience move on to work with pro-Israel organizations after their graduation, bringing experience and fresh ideas to the Israel advocacy world. For Tufts Hillel Program Associate Andrew Cohen, [...]

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Michelle Freed

Israel Star Shines Bright at Michigan

Michele Freed embodies the mantra of the father of modern Zionism, Theodor Herzl: “If you will it, it is no dream.” [This is the third in a series of articles entitled ICB Student Profiles, a series that highlights a particular student's contributions or innovations in Israel activism on campus.] Freed, a rising senior at the [...]

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