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Trip lets 7 UC Students Experience Israel from Many Different Perspectives
Jews, non-Jews invited to ‘draw own conclusions’
By Kevin Eigelbach; published March 19 on WCPO.com.
CINCINNATI — Influenced by his father’s strong opinions on the subject, University of Cincinnati student Bashir Emlemdi grew up feeling pro-Palestinian and anti-Israel.
But when he visited Israel late last year, those feelings changed.
Emlemdi, who is running for UC student body president, was one of seven UC students who participated in Israel Uncovered, a 10-day trip to Israel sponsored by the David Project, a pro-Israel nonprofit based in Boston.
Eighteen UC students applied to go on the free trip — more than at any school in the Midwest, said Rotem Ben-LuLu an Israel fellow at Hillel Cincinnati who helped select the UC delegation. The trip lasted from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5.
It was unique because it shows all aspects of Israel, exposing students to different aspects of Israeli society and viewpoints from both Jewish and non-Jewish leaders, said Jackie Congedo, public relations manager for the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, which helped pay for the trip.
The David Project, funded in part by the Jewish Innovation Funds, is one of over fifty programs and agencies funded in part by the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati.
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Thanks to you and the help of our partner agencies, more non-Jewish and Jewish college student leaders are learning about Israel on an experiential level.