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Hillel Student Leaders Celebrate Israel’s 75th Birthday on a Mission in Partnership with The Jewish Agency, Engage with Leaders in Israeli Society

 In the lead-up to Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, a delegation of eight top Hillel student leaders arrived in Israel for a week of high-level meetings with government officials, experiences with Israel’s civil society, and briefings with top geopolitical experts. The trip is in partnership with the Jewish Agency for Israel and Israel Experience. 

Students Lead on Israel

My parents were not yet my age when they were forced to leave their homes in Iran and start a new life in Los Angeles. Like so many other courageous Jewish refugees, they did not hide their identities and love for Israel in the United States. Instead, they engaged in an act of cultural resistance: they invested tenfold in strengthening their own children’s Jewish and Zionist identities, and instilled in me pride in who I am.