The David Project is so excited to welcome Juliana Moskowitz as the newest member of the campus team. Watch and read below to learn more about Juliana.
The David Project: Why is it important for students from different backgrounds/communities to learn about each other?
Juliana: I think in general people need to push themselves out of their comfort zones to grow as a person. To be able to formulate your own ideals and beliefs I find that learning from others allow you to do just that. When students on campus learn about each other I think it allows them to understand other’s beliefs and create a sense of community and support.
TDP: What is your favorite thing about Israel? Why?
Juliana: I would have to say I don’t have one specific thing that is my favorite, but if I were to have to pick one it would be praying at the Kotel. I think it’s an amazing thing first off that there’s a place in such a holy country where 1,000s of people pray a day at the same place where our second temple was. Just historically I think it is incredible we have the opportunity to do such a thing. For me why the Kotel is so powerful is that I show up as a Jewish person coming to pray in the same area where Muslims come to pray at the Dome of the Rock and down the street the where Christians pray at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. In a place that is so “unsafe” and filled with hate, we all still come together to pray to God for love and hope and for safety, and this is a really beautiful thing.
TDP: What is your go-to way to begin a conversation with someone you don't know?
Juliana: I always try and find some sort of connection or comment. Whether you see someone do an action or wearing something you like you can always start a conversation and continue from there. I think being friendly is key any time you want to have a conversation. Be engaged and do some active listening and you will be on your way to a great conversation.
TDP: What are you looking forward to most about working with The David Project? Why?
Juliana: I am most looking forward to being able to do Israel advocacy on a whole new level. When at George Mason I was a student intern for The David Project. You have the abilitiy to make small changes and meet amazing people, but it is only on one campus. You also can’t see the impact you are making because you are in the middle of the changes being made. Being a campus coordinator allows us to be able to work on multiple campuses and see the changes from a far. I look forward to making more connections and making a bigger impact and learning more each day through the work and through the students.
TDP: What is an example of a time you were an ally? What is an example of a time you built a coalition?
Juliana: This past year I was a part of a yearlong initiative at George Mason called Embrace Diversity. This movement aimed to create a space on campus where all backgrounds, ethnicities, nationalities, religions, genders, or sexual orientations could come to learn about each other, ask questions, and develop relationships. I felt incredibly honored to have represented the Jewish community at an interfaith dinner that we hosted that aimed to bring multiple faiths together to learn and converse. At the dinner, students represented the Baha’i faith, Christians, Catholics, Muslims, and many more religions. It was an extremely successful night with over 200 students and faculty in attendance.