Choosing to Lead at AIPAC

March 13, 2018 | By

This week, our students attended the AIPAC policy conference in Washington, DC. The theme of this year’s conference was “Choose to Lead,” a fitting theme for our SHS students as they grow as student leaders in the Israel Activism club.

“A leader is someone who takes charge, does something that everyone would follow. That is exactly what Israel did and is doing. They chose to be a leader in this world. As a Jew, I know that it is important to lead and represent my religion and country. Going to AIPAC made me develop a deeper love and pride for Israel.”

-Hana Adler
11th Grade

They attended the conference as informed consumers of the speeches of great political figures such as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, US Vice President Mike Pence, and Chairman of the Jewish Agency and refusnik Natan Sharansky. Many speakers focused on bipartisan support of the Jewish State.  The diverse speaker roster was impressive. Our students took an active role, engaged with speakers, asked questions and voiced their opinions.

“Nikki Haley is probably my most favorite politician of all time. She is a real role model. Not only is she a strong woman, she is also a firm believer in the State of Israel. She inspires me to spread my passion to others around me.”

-Shana Deil
11th Grade

“At AIPAC  there was representation from all walks of Jewish life and all levels of religious observance. There were Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Progressive, and Reconstructionist. There were Modern Orthodox and Chassidim, Leftist and Right Wing, there were vocal activists and silent donors, old and young. All with one focus; to maintain the vitality and the spirit of Israel.”
-Sela Pollack
11th Grade
Our students not only enjoyed the intellectual and heated environment of the conference, they also increased their love of Israel and its culture through their time in the AIPAC village. In the evening, our students attended festivals with Israeli music, food, and exhibits on Israeli technology and innovations.

” I discovered so many things that I didn’t know over the past three days. I learned how the Iron Dome works, what Dreams Doctors are, what bone marrow donations are and so much more!”

-Aliza Fruchter
9th Grade

Students up close and personal, learning about the Iron Dome and it’s life-saving technologies.

On the last day of the conference, our students had the opportunity to put what they learned about lobbying into action. At SHS, we understand that our student leaders’ support of Israel should have impact well beyond the four walls of the classroom.

Special thank you to the many generous sponsors who helped make this trip a reality.
Thank you to our Israel Activism faculty, Ms Munk and Ms Temima Miller and to Director of Student Learning, Ms Ricky Gaerman for coordinating and chaperoning the trip.

!עם ישראל חי

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