Participant Stories

Avi Levine

I wish everyone got the chance to have this incredible experience to carry with them for the rest of their lives. Read entire essay here

Natalie Bakhshi

Arab and Jew. Naturally these words are meant to be opposites. Their definitions both consist of years of struggle, resistance, and animosity. For some, these words are simple synonyms for hate and disgust. However, this summer I attributed a new translation to this unwilling word combination. My translation was not built form words reported in the media, pictures posted on Zionist websites, or from the terrorist activity currently happening in Israel. Instead, it is based on my own experiences, my own conversations, and my own memories. Read the entire essay

Arturo Silberstein

One of my biggest obstacles in life is meeting and befriending new people. I knew that I not only would meet new people, but that I would meet “Arabs.” I have grown up in a radically pro-Israel, Jewish house, so meeting these kids was not going to be easy. Much to my surprise, a lot of them were extremely friendly, kind, caring people and it was a privilege being a part of JITLI with them.

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