Hasbara Fellows Are LOVING IT!

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Dear friends,

Our Hasbara Fellows are having a great time and learning a tremendous amount in order to defend Israel on campus. The first Israel trip is done and the second starts soon. It’s been a great summer so far!

I wanted to share a reflection from one of our new students, Amanda from Boston University.

Thank you for your support of students like Amanda! Together we are changing lives!



“Participating in Hasbara Fellowships this summer marked my very first trip to Israel and the beginning of the rest of my life.

Before even arriving in Israel I had been significantly involved in and on the Executive Board of Boston University Students for Israel (BUSI), our campus’ Israel advocacy and culture group. I had developed this affinity for doing everything in my power for this place before even setting foot in it. I have always had this burning feeling of responsibility to advocate for my people and my country.

On the first day of our trip we were invited to travel to the top of the Aish World Center building to experience a view overlooking all of Jerusalem, the Kotel right in front, the Dome of the Rock and Temple Mt. to the left, and ornate gardens and homes stretching as for as you can imagine.

Our guide began to tell us a story of the time an elder blind man came to experience the view just as we were at that moment. He told us that he had taken the man to the roof, keeping him a safe distance from the edge to keep him from harm. The man became distraught not receiving the experience he had longed for, begging to be taken to the edge. Once the guide took him to the edge he was silent for some time. The old man then said thank you to the guide and that he felt it, he felt what he was longing for.

With that, the guide prompted us to think.

What do you think that man felt?

Do you feel it too?

The moment I set foot in Jerusalem all of my questions seemed to be answered and my unconditional love for the landscape justified.

There is just something about this place that prompts me to want to do absolutely anything to protect it and all that it encompasses. I can’t quite put into words what the blind man felt, but I most definitely felt it.

Despite the religious connotation given to the city, we don’t travel to Jerusalem to find G-d per say. We travel to Jerusalem to find ourselves.

It is my wish that everyone has the opportunity to travel to Jerusalem and that everyone has the opportunity to find themselves.”

– Amanda Chaplin, Boston University

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