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5 Questions, 5 Minutes
Compiled by Audrey Shore
Jewish Theological Seminary/ Columbia University
(KOACH on Campus Editor)
We here at KOACH dish out five questions, and in five minutes or less you
can shed some light on a variety of topics vis-a-vis your honest
Special Israel Edition
What is your name?
Where do you go to school?
Have you been to Israel before? If so, what kind of
program (vacations, lived there, family trips)? If not, would you go now
for the first time? Why or why not?)
What do you think we can do / what do you think you
have done, here in the Diaspora/Galut, to raise awareness and,
ultimately, help Israel?
Have you experienced anti-Israel sentiment on your
campus? What have you done / what has been done about it?
Yes, USY Israel Pilgrimage 2000 (Group 5)
Have it accessible. Everyone is aware and knows where
to go to get more. People will learn and help if they feel they need to.
We can only do for ourselves and make others aware, but they have to do
for themselves. Yes, by left-wing Israeli activists. We have written
editorials. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Call me at
University of Maryland
I spent 3 weeks in Israel during the summer of 1996
with my family on vacation. Then I spent the summer in Israel with USY
pilgrimage and then spend 3 months there on USY Nativ. I think Jewish
youth groups like USY run programs and have information sessions that
raise awareness about Israel and Jews in the diaspora. Once students get
to college, Hillels and other assorted Jewish groups host numerous Israel
support rallies, programs, and information sessions.
On a campus as large as UMD's there are some hostile
undertones regarding Israel and Arab nations. There are flyers hung up
around campus (especially around these unstable times) that appear to be
anti-Israel. They say Israel is a terrorist nation and claims Israel and
its supporters are liars. Of course reading such things is extremely
frustrating but it's hard not to see both sides. I am not sure what can be
done at this point but on campus there have been conferences and lectures
with both and Israeli and Arab speakers in the hopes of bringing them
together at least just for those few moments.
Mindy Brooke Rubinlicht
West Chester University
Yes I've been to Israel before. 1995 I went for my Bat
Mitzvah, 1999 I went on USY Italy Israel pilgrimage Group 10 and in 2000 I
went on SAREL Volunteers for Israel.
I have done tons of things like talk about my trips,
raise money for the Magen David Adom, donate my time and money to Israel
programs, apply to be a madrich on an Israel trip. People need to first be
educated on what is going on in Israel and as a madrich/doogmah we need to
show people what the truth is (even if it hurts).
Actually this week in the school paper a guy wrote an
article saying how wrong it is for Israel and how wrong they are, and that
the Palestinians are right. I'm not saying that the Israelis are right,
and I know some things they have done are wrong, but still. I wrote a
rebuttal telling him facts and truths about things he "assumed" he knew.
Adam M Rosenthal
Washington University in St Louis
Many trips (Synagogue, Day School, Camp Ramah Seminar)
and a year at Hebrew University.
Write articles, donate money, write letters to
politicians in America and Israel, be a walking advertisement, go to as
many debates and info sessions as possible and contribute, be ready to
debate. Yes, generally in the form of newspaper articles, an occasional
speaker. Responses through writing editorials, letters to editor, talking
with responsible student groups
Brown University, Providence, RI
I'm a grad student here in Portuguese and Brazilian
I went for my first time last year soon after the
Sbarro bombing; unfortunately, I could only stay a week before I had to
return to the states. I went on my own, and stayed with friends who are
studying there at Pardes and the Conservative Yeshiva. I'm hoping to go
again this summer for a short visit, if I have the funds.
I think it's important to challenge anti-Israel
propaganda (in a calm but confident manner) wherever it appears - and it's
appearing all over the place, from news outlets to the classroom.
There's been an effort to stir up the student body by
the use of anti-Israeli fliers and posters, but it doesn't appear that the
student body is buying it. A lot of pro-Israeli letters have been
published in our school paper, most written by people with "Jewish
sounding" names, but not all. Our campus has gotten somewhat more
conservative/cynical since 9/11, and of course the approach of the
semester's end has got people's attention focused on that.