I'm Coming Home

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Before anyone ever cared where I would be a Campus Coordinator, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio. It’s where I walked. It’s where I ran. It’s where I cried. It’s where I bled. It holds a special place in my heart. People there have seen me grow up. I sometimes feel like I’m their son. Their passion can be overwhelming. But it drives me. I want to give them hope when I can. I want to inspire them when I can. My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than the Israel Advocacy World. I didn’t realize that one year ago. I do now.

 

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Now that I’ve commemorated the GOAT, LeBron James, I want to reflect my time with The David Project and thank everyone who made it the greatest job in the world. I have been involved with The David Project since my freshmen year of college in 2014 and this year, without a doubt, has been the greatest year yet. All I have left to say is thank you. 

 

Thank you to my students, you are the lifeblood of this movement and my inspiration every day. From the endless coffee dates to getting calls at 1 AM, you are the most passionate individuals I have ever met. Seeing your success every time I stepped on campus made all the countless hours of driving and traveling worth every second. Even though I won’t be able to continue to watch you change your campus, I know you’ll do incredible things both during and after college. 

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Thank you to my Israel Fellows, my partners in crime and more importantly, my friends. To Shir, Lior B, Lior N, Bar, Max, Noam, and Keren; you are some of the most amazing individuals I have ever had the chance to meet. It’s not easy to pick up everything and move to another country to advocate for a cause you care so deeply about, but you make it look like a walk in the park. All of you have given me life lessons and memories that I will hold forever. I also cannot forget the two Israel fellows that started it all; Rotem and Tamar, thank you.

 

Thank you to my staff. What else is there to say? When I came into The David Project, I wasn’t walking into another job with people I’ve never met before. I was walking into a family that I was always a part of. From the wonderful adventures of Win Something from Ryan’s Desk with Phil to planning the Black Jewish Summit with Michael and Maddi, all of you have made a lasting impact on my life and you will always be my mishpucha wherever we go. 

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As I leave The David Project and pursue my Juris Doctor degree at Cleveland Marshall College of Law, I want everyone to know that this is not goodbye but see you later. 

 And finally, I’d like to end with a quote to remember me by:

“In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have. I’m ready to accept the challenge. I’m coming home.” (LeBron James)

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