Student Perspective: It's More than a Jewish Thing!
This blog was written by Daniela Medellín, an incoming senior at The University of Texas and founder of the ‘Christians United for Israel’ chapter on her campus. Daniela attended our June ‘Israel on Demand’ and offers some reflections on her experience. I was quite anxious arriving to Boston for the Israel on Demand summer seminar and wasn’t sure what to expect. When I arrived in Boston, however, I was warmly welcomed by the other students and staff and quickly knew I was lucky to have been invited to attend.
As the first day progressed, I mingled with the other students and used the opportunity to learn why my peers were so involved with pro-Israel advocacy. When I was asked why I became involved with pro-Israel advocacy I mentioned how I had grown up with a strong passion for Israel and the Jewish people and how I became involved with an organization called Christians United for Israel (CUFI). As more of my peers found out I was part of CUFI they approached me with various questions, and I was glad to have the chance to share my story with them. My favorite part of what The David Project taught was the proactive advocacy approach. I believe this approach is essential to spreading a positive message about Israel and sharing all the amazing things the country has to offer. Israel is so much more than just the conflict. Israel is a beacon of light to the world. From technology, to women and minority rights, to democracy and freedom of religion, to history and politics - Israel has it all. I enjoyed all the facts we learned throughout the seminar and was happy to hear all the different points of view.
As both a Latina and a Christian, I believe reaching out to other groups and sharing Israel with them is crucial. Latinos and Jews have a strong family background, and come from two cultures with a lot in common - from foods to views on life. Jews and Christian share a strong connection, as well. For example, Christians see Jews as our brothers, and built our entire faith off of Jewish teachings. I could go on and on about the deep connection I feel about Israel and the Jewish people as both a Latina and a Christian, but will end with this - I am glad that The David Project is encouraging students to be proactive and build real relationships with different people from all walks of life. Throughout my time of being a pro-Israel advocate I hope to be able to show my love and passion for Israel and the Jewish people. I hope to let my dear Jewish friends know that I love them and support them and they are not alone. I want my Jewish friends to know that they will always have support from all different people, because being pro-Israel is so much more than a Jewish thing. Israel can touch the hearts and passions of so many people for so many reasons.
I sincerely appreciate the opportunity that The David Project gave me in attending this amazing seminar, to gain new knowledge, to make new friends, and to improve my skills to be the best pro-Israel advocate I can be.