JITLI Stories

JITLI 2016 San Diego Particpant: Noah Stashower-Marcus

A Never Ending Journey Aslam Alaykum. Shalom. Hello. My name is Noah Stashower-Marcus and I was a member of the San Diego group in JITLI this year. There are many ways in which I could start off my experience on JITLI. I could ramble on about the amazing connections I made. I could blabber about the non-stop fun I had.…

JITLI 2015 San Diego Particpant: Erin Jennings

Waking up at around 3 in the morning was tough but it was amazing to see the sunrise over Jerusalem. This has been a place I’ve wanted to visit for a long time and I’m finally here. This is nothing like I expected it to be. The golden dome was beautiful and it made me realize how amazing this place…

JITLI 2015 San Diego Participant: Adam Rosenberg

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JITLI has been one of the most incredible experiences of my life. I started out very reluctant, in fact I almost didn’t even apply but before I could back out Ian and Yigal (the JITLI staff) convinced me to apply. So a few weeks passed and I came to the workshop in which the final participants would be decided. We…

JITLI 2015 San Diego Particpant: Sigal Kahn

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When a kid arrives at an amusement park for the first time and gets in line for his first ride, it’s as if a swarm of butterflies invades his tummy and circle around in a flutter of chaos. The minute the kid pulls the bar down on top of his lap, he squeezes his eyes shut in terror and excitement…

JITLI 2015 San Diego Participant: Damillin Hecht

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The emotional, action filled weeks in Israel were filled with so many memorable times that it is hard to single out a specific event. This is due not only to the high intensity in which we did activities, but also because many of them seem equally as important and encompass the goals of the program. However, while these two events…

JITLI 2006-2012 SAN DIEGO STAFF : JAMES H. WOO

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Interesting enough… I wasn’t born Jewish nor Muslim – – Yet, I can assure you that JITLI has made a great impact in my life. What is JITLI? There are many answers for what JITLI is… here is mine below: Many people ask me, ”how is it that I came across JITLI?” – a program for Jews and Arab. Within…

JITLI 2012 LAKYIA PARTICIPANT: SANA ABO SIAM

As a Muslim Bidwen girl from Lakia village I have never thought in my whole life that I would have a relationship with Jews like what I have with the San Diego’s and Sha’ar Hanegev’s Jews and I am happy about it, and all that thanks to JITLI. In JITLI we had times where we were like “akhim” brothers truly,…

JITLI 2012 SHA’AR HANEGEV PARTICIPANT: MOR LAVI

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I was asked to describe my experience on JITLI in a few words. In my opinion it is impossible to describe such an experience on paper, if at all. And still, I am answering the request because I am sure that the exposure among teens and individuals more generally to JITLI is not enough and we must do the maximum…

JITLI 2012 LAKYIA PARTICIPANT: REHAM ALSANA

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My JITLI Story. Now after a month of Jitli’s program I’m writing my jitli story at my home which feels the same at jitli, like home. first of all Jitli stands for Jacobs International Teen Leadership Institute. This program took place in Israel during July, 40 kids of different places, religions, cultures, opinions and backgrounds,these 40 kids gathered in one…

JITLI 2012 SAN DIEGO PARTICIPANT: ANDREW SHEMIRANI

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Jitli, where to start? Jitli has been one craziest thing I have ever been a part of. I did things many people would think as a grewat experience or simply wild. Before going on the trip I expected to have similarities in culture with people I was going to meet because my parents are from the Iran. When I got…