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The Detroit Jewish News, 2013-02-14

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Thursday, March 7, 2013
6pm at the Townsend Hotel
in Downtown Birmingham

Honorary Chair & Keynote Speaker:

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Israel Advocacy

MSU Hillel expands its leadership training sessions
to other Michigan campus Hillels.

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By Jacob Shecter } jewish@edu Staff Writer

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February 14 • 2013

Israel advocacy training participants listen to Jason Horowitz
from the David Project.

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his past year, as the Israel
on Campus Coalition (ICC)
Grinspoon-Morningstar intern, I
have had the amazing opportunity to help
facilitate and teach a multi-part Israel
leadership training initiative known as
Israel Campus Advocacy Training, or ICAT.
Sponsored by the ICC and MSU Hillel,
all of the training sessions are taught by
me and Felix Shoihat, the Israel Program
Coordinator/Jewish Agency Israel Fellow at
Michigan State University Hillel.
The goals of ICAT include framing the
conflict, teaching students basic advocacy
skills and increasing each participant's
confidence in being an advocate for Israel.
Through this innovative program, we also
seek to enhance Israel programming on
campus and to engage uninvolved stu-
dents in pro-Israel events. One of the most
rewarding aspects of teaching the program
is building relationships with my peers,
while helping them to see that Israel is
more than just a country of conflict.
For the past eight years, Israel advocacy
training was only open to MSU students.
This year, because of a generous grant
from ICC and with the partnership of the
Hillel Campus Alliance of Michigan, we
have been able to expand the program
to Hillels at Western Michigan University,
Central Michigan University and Grand
Valley State University.
Each of these campuses' Jewish com-
munities is thriving, and the response we
received during the application period was
overwhelming. More than 50 students
signed up to participate in this interac-
tive training. Applicants included a wide
range of Jewish students, including Taglit-
Birthright Israel alumni, active Hillel board

members and even non-Jewish students
interested in learning more about Israel.
Currently, a total of 40 students are
participating in ICAT and are learning the
building blocks to become a strong voice
for Israel on campus. Once the training is
complete, these students will be able to
take what they have learned and share
it with both their peers and stakeholders
on campus. They will do this by building
relationships with fellow students and
participating in meaningful conversations
surrounding Israel affairs.
Our newly trained Israel advocates will
be educating their peers who may know
little to nothing about Israel. Following
graduation, ICAT graduates will emerge
from their training as confident Israel
advocates, eager to participate in pro-
Israel activities at Hillel, on campus and in
their local communities.
The Israel Campus Advocacy Training
program is changing these campuses in
many ways. Through outreach to various
registered student organizations, student
leaders are giving their peers an opportu-
nity to learn about Israel as it applies to
them. We are creating new partnerships
and relationships to widen our pro-Israel
network and are developing new student
leaders to step into Jewish community
leadership roles.
Most importantly, by working at four
universities, we are able to meaningfully
impact campus communities throughout
Michigan, leading to greater understand-
ing of what Israel truly is. @

Jacob Shecter of Farmington Hills is a

senior at Michigan State University in

East Lansing.

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