JCRC presents Israel Leadership Institute: Tackling tough questions about Israel and antisemitism for college students 

June 3, 2021

After a successful inaugural year of the JCRC Israel Leadership Institute, the program will continue by welcoming a new cohort of students this summer. This intensive, five-session curriculum is designed to help students form honest answers to the tough questions they will hear about Israel in college. The program is designed for a small cohort of San Antonio Jewish students entering college or their senior year in high school (if space available, exceptions might be made). The Israel Leadership Institute is at no cost to you and is generously sponsored by the Norman and Anita Davis JCRC Endowment Fund. 

This program deepens one’s understanding of Israel through exciting and interactive hour and a half sessions to be held on the Jewish Campus. It will be led by Natalie Steiner, Jewish Student Life Coordinator of Hillel San Antonio. The program will address tough questions, such as: Why does Israel exist? What is BDS? Do the Palestinians deserve a homeland? Is it ok to love Israel and admit it does things you disagree with? How does being Jewish impact my relationship with Israel? Can I support Israel and still support progressive causes in college? What if I’m challenged for being Jewish and supporting Israel? Can you be pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian? What are the things about Israel I am proud of? Is anti-Zionism, antisemitism?  

Sessions will run from July 12 to July 21, with an additional college panel and family celebration on July 25th.  All session dates will take place at the Jewish Campus (COVID precautions in place) from 6 – 7:30 pm and dinner will be provided.  

Contact Lisa Epstein, JCRC Director, with any questions.

Applications are available now. Click here to apply


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