Jewish Identity, Israel and the College Campus

We are witnessing an alarming uptick in antisemitism and anti-Zionism, including ongoing anti-Jewish activity on college campuses. This poses a serious challenge to Jewish students and to their Jewish identity.
 

To prepare students to face these challenges with confidence, the Anti-Defamation League of Orange County/Long Beach and the Rose Project of Jewish Federation of Orange County, in partnership with Jewish Long Beach, have developed The Youth Leadership Initiative. This dynamic program provides a platform for a select group of OC and Long Beach-area high school  juniors, and seniors to learn with experts as they explore their Jewish identity and connection to Israel while gaining knowledge and skills to counter antisemitism and Israel delegitimization on their future college campuses, on social media, and beyond.

 

On two Sunday afternoons [March 10 & 17, 2024] this dynamic program provides a platform for a select group of high school juniors and seniors to learn with experts as they explore their Jewish identity and connection to Israel while gaining knowledge and skills to counter antisemitism and Israel delegitimization on their future college campus, on social media, and beyond. Read about the program in OC JLife “Tackling the Tough Questions”. 

 

The Spring 2024 interactive sessions will be held on 2 Sundays this spring:

March 10 & 17 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. (with snacks and breaks)

Program Fee: $36

 

 

Youth Leadership Initiative Topics:
  • My Jewish Identity: Complex & Nuanced 
  • Israel, Zionism and My Jewish Identity
  • Antisemitism and Israel Delegitimization
  • Strategies for Countering Antisemitism and Delegitimization 
  • College Student Panel
  • potential: video conference with Roots/Shorashim/Judur, a grassroots movement of understanding, non-violence and transformation among Israelis and Palestinians in the West Bank

Participants will

  • Explore their Jewish identity and how Israel fits into their story of self
  • Understand trends on college campus and how Israel fits into broader conversations.
  • Engage with experts and activists who are making a difference
  • Gain leadership, dialogue and organizing skills
  • Graduate with the knowledge, experience, and confidence to engage with and advocate for Israel in a meaningful way

Youth Leadership Initiative is right for you if you:

  • Are concerned about antisemitism and/or delegitimization on or off campus
  • Want to gain skills to help you navigate antisemitism or Israel delegitimization, or to learn how be proactive in seeking to prevent them
  • Seek to strengthen your understanding of, and connection to, Israel
  • Are looking for a unique way to add to your college application

For more information contact: 

Robin Steinmetz, Chair
Youth Leadership Initiative

Steinmetz.robing@gmail.com   

Peter Levi, Regional Director 
ADL of OC/Long Beach

plevi@adl.org

Chen Shterenbach
Director, Community Relations & Rose Project
CShterenbach@JFedOC.org

 



We are grateful to the Jewish Community Foundation of Orange County for their generous sponsorship of this program