2018 Performance Report – Fighting Anti-Israel Sentiment on Campus

Fighting Anti-Israel Sentiment on Campus
No one should feel the need to hide their Jewish or pro-Israel identity. We empower young Israelis to help Jewish students feel safe and connected on campuses around the world.

I’m grateful to have students that, no matter how targeted they are, still believe in dialogue, to be pro and not anti, to love our peers as we love ourselves – even when it’s difficult.

A select group of outstanding emissaries, The Jewish Agency for Israel's Shlichim are called to manifest our collective heritage in communities around the world. They provide a living connection to Israel by promoting Israeli experiences, facilitating Jewish social activism, and speaking authentically about faith and culture.

“I’ve had days when students asked me not to speak Hebrew outside my office. I’ve also watched students take off their kippot when they walked on campus,” says Nofar. “But I’m grateful to have students that, no matter how targeted they are, still believe in dialogue, to be pro and not anti, to love our peers as we love ourselves – even when it’s difficult.”

In her time in Houston, Nofar has appreciated the chance to help students stand up for what they believe is right for the good of Israel and the Jewish people. She’s even connected more with Judaism herself in Texas, celebrating a second bat mitzvah and reading from the Torah for the first time. Nofar will return to Israel with an even stronger Israeli and Jewish identity as a result of this experience, proving that not only was her presence in Houston life changing for the students, but for her as well.

“After spending two years at one of the most anti-Semitic, anti-Israel college campuses in the state, I can say that being pro-Israel and Jewish is not easy for students today. The choice to be a supporter of Israel at college is one of the most difficult decisions a pro-Israel student can make,” said Nofar. “If I in any way played a small part in helping UH students and the community stand up for Israel and be Jewish on campus, I’ll know that I did my job.”

2018 Impact

In 2018, 92 Israel Fellows engaged with 13,800 Jewish students and attracted 46,000 students to Israel-related events on campuses around the world.

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