Student Spotlight: Sam Snyder

Name: Sam Snyder

Major: Public Health

Campus Involvements: Rutgers Hillel, Pre-med society, Greek Life

Why do you care about Israel?

I care about Israel because it is my ancestral homeland and essentially a second home to me. I am going back for the 5th time this winter because every time I go, I leave with every reason to come back. I can’t emphasize enough how much I love the people, culture, history, and most importantly the food in Israel, and it is crucial that we continue to advocate on behalf of Israel to ensure that it can continue to be a safe haven for Jews around the world.

What do I want others to know about Israel after getting to know me?

I want others to know how incredibly impressive it is that despite its internal challenges, threats from its borders, and the scrutiny it faces internationally, Israel is still thriving. There is no other country in the world that is held to such a double standard and faces so much adversity, yet still manages to be at the forefront of everything from academia, to industry, to human rights, etc. This perseverance began thousands of years ago and continues through today, and the obstacles that Israel and the Jewish people have had to overcome never ceases to amaze me.

What's your favorite part about interning with The David Project?

My favorite part about interning for the David Project is undoubtedly the people that I am surrounded by. Between the RBI conferences, my IU trip, and the organizations I have worked with at Rutgers, I have met some incredible campus leaders who are so inspiring and passionate about what they do to support their respective communities. There is nowhere else that you will find such a diverse and determined group of student leaders, which has allowed me to learn so much about a myriad of different cultures, religions, and other communities represented on campus.

Why do you think it's important to build relationships across campus communities?

Building relationships across campus communities is crucial to the success of both groups. Every group on campus should have a support system, and having another community that you can always count on for that support is extremely valuable. It is inevitable, especially in the current campus climate, that different groups will be subject to challenges and tough times, which is why it so important to build the relationships early on to have that support system already in place before you need it. There is also so much that student leaders can learn from each other and how different student groups function, which can be used to improve the leadership in their own community.

What are you most looking forward to as an intern this semester?

I’m most looking forward to rekindling the relationships that I have previously built on campus with the Catholic and Latino communities, while also expanding my outreach to other communities at Rutgers. I believe that the Jewish community and Hillel have secured a pretty strong relationship with both the Catholic Student Association and the Center for Latino Arts and Culture, but there is still plenty of room to grow and establish new relationships.