A Jewish Engineer

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In the spring of 2017, I was finishing up my senior year of college at George Mason University. I knew I wanted to apply to medical school but would be taking a year off to work and get some experience first. In February of 2017, I was attending the Maccabee Task Force conference when Danny Becker, a campus manager for The David Project, approached me and asked about my plans for post-graduation. I said to him, “I am going to work as an EMT and apply to medical schools.” He replied, “Well, if you’re interested in doing Israel Advocacy for two years, let me know.” Little did I know, that this moment would change my life. For some reason, working for a non-profit during my gap year was never on my radar. After being extremely involved in Hillel and Israel advocacy on my campus, a member of the Hillel executive board, and a David Project intern for two years, I thought that it would all just end once I left school. Little did I know, two years later I would have been a part of something that was so much greater than I could imagine. 

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Working for the Hillel movement has been an absolutely incredible experience. I have gained so much knowledge and appreciation for a simple conversation and just taking the time to sit down and learn about someone. That just because someone is not like you, doesn’t mean that they are invalid. I have a higher appreciation for those around me, and I am thankful for a new view on the world we live in. Most of the time, we get caught up in the movement of life and the negativity that surrounds us. The David Project provides a space for us to be able to pause and talk about things that affect us and I don’t think there are many organizations that do that. 

 

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Whenever people would ask what I do, I would respond and say, “I am a relationship builder.” I had the pleasure to work for an organization that not only provides a platform for an Israel conversation, but a platform for everyone to have a conversation. It doesn’t matter who you are, you have the right to be heard and listened to. I am going to miss the ability to be open like this in a work space. 

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I am beyond thankful for these past two years as a coordinator and four years with The David Project and the Hillel movement. I have been able to lead countless conversations, many trips to Israel, way too many flights, and hours of travel. I am going to miss my new family I have created, and the numerous students and professionals I have worked with. I don’t think I will ever get to work in such a loving, caring, and high energy environment again. If you ever get the opportunity to work for a nonprofit for a few years, the break is worth it. Doesn’t matter if you are a Jewish engineer like me, or a political science major; everyone has the space to make a change.

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