By Israel Fellow Dor Guata
I never thought I would be guiding an extraordinary group of students on an amazing 10-day trip hosted by The David Project called Israel Uncovered within months of beginning my position as the Israel Fellow at UC San Diego. UC San Diego is a flagship campus for the David Project’s Israel Uncovered program which engages non-Jewish student leaders in Israel advocacy through an immersive Israel experience over Winter Break. For the first time, I joined and showed my home to both Jews and non-Jewish students at UCSD. The main takeaway of this experience is how much I have learned about intersectionality and how meaningful and complex the connection to Israel can be reflected in both Jewish and non-Jewish students. The mechanism that the David Project has provided to students and myself throughout the trip has resulted in a diverse number of personal narratives and different ways to connect to Israel, even more than 70!
The students from UCSD that joined me on this unique experience are Cody, Nicole, Joel. Carlos, Marcus, Cristian, Judee, and Shivam. In only 10 days we explored the ancient and modern, the religious and the secular, and the desire and struggle for peace. We visited Tel Aviv, the Galilee, Jerusalem, and the West Bank and explored these themes. “Mishpacha” was the word that most resonated with our group, because we had indeed become family. I invite you all to have a taste of this experience that can only be found in the Hillel family! Stay tune for upcoming events and our weekly hangouts to learn more!